Performer:Antonio Florio, conductor Orchestra I Turchini di Antonio Florio Sonia Prina - Partenope Maria Grazia Schiavo - Rosmira Maria Ercolano - Arsace Eufemia Tufano - Emilio Stefano Ferrari - Armindo Charles do Santos - Ormonte Murcia, Spain. 2011
INFORMATION WORLD PREMIERE Parthenope with the maiden face was one of the three sirens defeated by Ulysses, whose body washed ashore in the spot where Naples was founded. Or was she the Greek princess of this libretto, who founded a city that took her name and successfully defended it against the neighbouring Cumaeans. Set to music by a number of composers - such as Caldara, Hasse, Sarro, Handel, and Vivaldi - the myth of Parthenope was very popular and known in as many as sixteen different versions. Neapolitans, even today, call themselves partenopei, children of Parthenope. A rich and colourful production, entrusted to worldrenowned specialists of the Baroque repertoire. The opera has had to wait almost three centuries before its rediscovery by Antonio Florio and his Turchini orchestra. Their version, for the first time in the history of the recent Early Opera Revival, has reconstructed the scenes, ballets and even the battles of the 18th-century representations. If in 1725 the first performance of Vincis Partenope/Rosmira coincided with the death of the librettist Stampiglia and of Alessandro Scarlatti, in 1730, year of Vincis death, Handel would stage his own Partenope, an homage to an Italian colleague he most admired and to the city of the musical siren. Founded in 1987 by Antonio Florio, the ensemble I Turchini is made up of instrumentalists and singers living and working in Naples who specialize in the performance of Neapolitan music from the 17th and 18th centuries and in the rediscovery of music by highly-gifted composers who are now largely unknown. The unique programmes and rigorous approach to Baroque performing practices make I Turchini one of the most interesting ensembles in current European musical life. In recent years his performing activities have included directing La Partenope by Leonardo Vinci, which visited the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples as well as opera houses and auditoria in Spain (Ponferrada, León, Sevilla, La Coruña, Santander and Murcia) and which was awarded with the Premio Oviedo for the Best Theatrical Production.
Track List: Disc 1 1 - Sinfonia 04:59 Act 1 2 - Tu delleccelse mura 01:07 3 - Viva Partenope 01:09 4 - Arsace!/Armindo! 02:10 5 - O Eurimene ho lidea di Rosmira 01:00 6 - Cavalier se gli Dei 01:12 7 - Spiegati e di che lami 03:16 8 - Armindo ardisci 00:33 9 - Al mio tesoro 05:08 10 - O che Arsace delira 01:59 11 - La rondinella che a noi sen riede 03:48 12 - Regina!/Armindo e sempre così dolente e mesto 03:40 13 - Non posso amarti o Dio 04:38 14 - Regina, Emilio arriva 00:26 15 - Strumentale 00:59 16 - Regina alle tue piante 01:46 17 - Questanima accesa 02:55 18 - Arsace tu sarai 01:37 19 - A far stragi, a far vendetta 03:23 20 - Forti schiere vicino è il cimento 02:30 21 - Sian dEmilio a fronte 01:59 22 - Renditi oppure estinto a piè mi cadrai 01:11 23 - Ti circondi la gloria dallori 01:17 Disc 2 Act 2 1 - Care mura in si bel giorno 03:30 2 - Emilio!/ Alta Reina 01:41 3 - Strumentale 00:43 4 - Ti bramo amico 00:36 5 - E vuoi con dure tempre 03:20 6 - Non può darsi in un petto 02:38 7 - Tormentosa crudel gelosia 04:05 8 - A pro di che toffese 01:39 9 - Sento che va coprendo 03:48 10 - Principe ti narrai con quel divieto 02:13 11 - Vanne e spera 03:13 12 - Giva guardando intorno 01:20 13 - Amante che incostante 07:09 Act 3 14 - Regina ti compiaci 02:09 15 - Arsace o Dio così 00:54 16 - Chi mapre i lumi 01:05 17 - Godi e spera e sai perché 02:37 18 - Principe ardir 00:42 19 - Men superba andrà la sorte 02:16 20 - Rosmira ove ti guida 00:38 21 - Barbara mi schernisci 03:26 22 - Vuol tornare a la sua sponda 03:57 23 - Ormonte ti destino 00:40 24 - Dal chiaro splendore 03:02 25 - Non chiedo o miei tormenti 01:53 26 - Ancor temo dArsace 01:16 27 - Begli occhi del mio ben 02:28 28 - Un core infedel 03:45 29 - Strumentale 00:57