"To have no poet or books here": a new cd release of Paisiello's "La Serva Padrona"

Top Quote Rc Record Classic label will release in July a new cd reocording of a charming opera by Giovanni Paisiello, a great Italian composer of XVIIIth Century. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 23, 2017 - "To have no poet or books here, I was forced to put in music La Serva Padrona composed so many years ago by Pergolesi, as you know; And went on stage the thirtieth of last year, with a wonderful success. " Like this Paisiello wrote to Ferdinando Galiani in September 1781. The lack of Italian libretti ("books") was one of the main problems faced by the musician during the years spent at the court of Russia (1176-84).

    It was not a booklet anyway; It seems that Catherine of Russia had a lot of fun at the funny work, but did not want to spend much time at the theater. In the hope (then disappointed) to send a booklet by Giambattista Lorenzi from Naples, Paisiello said in fact his conditions (always writing to Galiani, who was acting as an intermediary): "It should not last more than an hour and a half, Shorter, it will be more honorable. " Rescuing for Alessandro's grandfather (then four-year-old) the libretto already written by Pergolesi in 1733, Paisiello made some additions: a new air for the protagonist and two duets that obeyed the 'modern' taste of the songs' Together, everything without altering the story. We do not know who has contributed to the expansion of poetry, but it is likely that we have used verses already written. In one case, at least, the air "vile women, our studies", we know the source: the ridiculous Virtues of Goldoni and Galuppi (II, 4; Reggio Emilia 1752). The excellent imperial orchestra then urged a richer instrument than the arches of Pergolesi. In the new score we find a wide use of wind instruments (flutes, oboes, clarinets, basses and horns, all in pairs), used both for filling and for dialogue dialogues, in which Paisiello is a master.

    Stylistic behavior is obviously different from that of the far pergolian past; Pergolesi's nervous sign gives way to an easy and lively songwriting, to a wider and symmetrical phrasing. The stylistic outlook is also evident in the first Paisiellian way, since the musician renounces to an excessively loud and loaded comedy in front of the audience of the imperial court, to that "trop ​​napolitain" character attributed to him by Galiani in a letter to Madame d'Epanay of 1773. The bears of the two characters are therefore finely stylized; In the figure of Serpina sensuality prevails on pergolese aggression, finding full expression in the most extensive piece of the work, the aforementioned air ("Donne vere"), in the form of ronḍ: one of the pieces of the Italian funny opera that betrays most The language commonality with Mozart.

    Rc Record Classic, after the recording of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, continues his project of enhancing and spreading the music of the Italian composer of XVIIIth Century by affirming Roberto Vicarelli and Anne Chapman the interpretation of Uberto and Serpina, at Harmoniae Templum Chamber Orchestra the task of accompanying the brilliant vocal duet and Simone Perugini, conductor of the release dedicated to Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, the task of conducting the ensemble.

    The cd release of La Serva Padrona will be available from the first day of July 2017.

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