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Donald Macleod explores Albinoni's operatic output - only three of his more than 50 operas have survived intact - and considers issues of staging opera in the early 18th century.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.

He examines the composer's elusive operatic output - elusive because of more than 50 operas composed by him, only three have survived intact. Donald also considers the practicalities of staging opera in the early 18th century and speculates about Albinoni's relationship with his younger contemporary Vivaldi.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concluding Allegro from Sinfonia for Strings in g minor

    Performer: Collegium Musicum 90 Performer: Simon Standage (dir)

    • Chandos Chan 0602.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    'Stelle ingrate', from Astarto [1708]

    Performer: Andreas Scholl (countertenor) / Accademia Bizantina / Ottavio Dantone (hpsch/dir) Performer: Accademia Bizantina Performer: Ottavio Dantone (hpsch/dir)

    • Decca 475 6569.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Extract from Il nascimento dell'aurora [c.1710]

    Performer: June Anderson (Dafne – sop) Performer: I Solisti Veneti Performer: Claudio Scimone (cond)

    • Erato 4509-96374-2,.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    'Vien Con Nuova Orribil Guerra', from La Statira [1726]

    Performer: Maria Keohane (Arscace – sop) Performer: Niklas Eklund Performer: Jeffrey Segal (baroque tpts) Performer: Wasa Baroque Ensemble

    • Naxos 8.555099,.
    • 16.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Extract from Il concilio de'pianeti [1729], pt 1

    Performer: Luca Dordolo Performer: Sylva Pozzer (Eternità – sop) Performer: Ensemble Strumentale Albalonga Performer: Annibale Cetrangolo (dir)

    • Warner Fonit 8573 81485-2,.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Vespetta e Pimpinone [1708] – Intermezzo Terzo

    Performer: Edit Károly (Vespetta – sop), Performer: Viktor Massányi (Pimpinone – bar) Performer: Savaria Baroque Orchestra Performer: Pál Németh (cond)

    • Hungaroton HCD 32006,.

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