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With this amazing 'Siface: l'amor castrato', the countertenor Filippo Mineccia and the conductor Javier Ulises Illán at the head of Nereydas, they present an imaginary pasticcio that reflects the musical and personal life of the castrato contralto 'Siface' born as Giovanni Francesco Grossi in 1653 in Tuscany.

Filippo Mineccia brilliantly captures the kaleidoscopic succession of emotions running through this selection of arias, reflecting the steamy and spectacular way of life of the late 17th century. The Nereydas ensemble is immersed with empathy in this always colorful vocal and instrumental celebration, often deep and incisive, also signed by Alessandro Scarlatti (the emotional nana Dormi or fulmine), Francesco Cavalli or the aforementioned Purcell (My song shall be alway).




Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682):

1. Ouverture

2. Recitativo “Amiche selve” [Role: San Giovanni]

3. Aria “Deste un tempo” [Role: San Giovanni] 

4. Carlo Pallavicino (c.1630-1688): Aria “È pur caro il poter dire” [Role: Tito] 


Alessandro Stradella:

5. Aria “Voi donzelle che studiate” [Role: Testo] 

6. Aria “Soffin pur rabbiosi” [Role: San Giovanni] 

7. Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710): Ouverture

8. Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676): Aria “Hora si ch’assai più fiero” [Role: Siface] 

9. Alessandro Stradella: Aria “Io per me non cangerei” [Role: San Giovanni] 

10. Carlo Pallavicino: Ouverture 


Pietro Simone Agostini (1635-1680):

11. Recitativo “Hor ch’in sopor profondo” [Role: Ostilio] 

12. Aria “Sorgi o bella da le piume” [Role: Ostilio] 

13. Carlo Ambrogio Lonati (c.1645-c.1712): Aria “Tremino, crollino” [Role: Costanzo] 

14. Giovanni Battista Bassani (1647-1716): Ouverture

Antonio Giannettini (1648-1721):

15. Recitativo “Languia d’amor” [Role: Curzio] 

16. Aria “Con un bacio” [Role: Curzio]

17. Bernardo Pasquini: Aria “D’una fede al vivo zelo” [Role: Giosuè] 

Alessandro Stradella:

18. Ouverture

19. Aria “Ma folle è ben chi crede” [Role: Testo] 

20. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Aria “Core misero” [Role: Giona] 

21. Pietro Simone Agostini: Aria “Voglio guerra” [Role: Tacio] 

Henry Purcell (1659-1695):

22. My song shall be alway (London, 1689) 

23. Sefauchi’s Farewell (London, 1689) [for harpsichord]

24. Bernardo Pasquini: Aria “Ma nostre voci flebili” [Role: Giosuè] 

25. Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725): Aria “Dormi o fulmine” [Role: Nutrice] 


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Filippo Mineccia | Countertenor


Johannes Pramsohler | Concertino

Ricar Renart, Elsa Ferrer, Silvia Mondino, Roldán Bernabé,

Aliza Vicente, Elvira Martínez | Violins
Isabel Juárez, Sara Gómez | Viola
Ester Domingo | Cello
Ismael Campanero | Violone
Daniel Oyarzabal | Harpsichord and Organ
Manuel Minguillón | Archilute and Baroque Guitar

Javier Ulises Illán | Conductor

Federico Prieto | Sound Engineer

Recorded in Guadarrama (Centro Cultural de La Torre)

May 2017

Catalogue: GCD 923514

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