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Il Diario di Chiara - Music from La Pietà in Venice in the 18th Century [CD plus bonus DVD] CD+DVD

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  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Composer: Giovanni Porta:, Antonio Vivaldi, Nicola Porpora, Gaetano Latilla
  • Audio CD (10 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Glossa
  • ASIN: B00HE0KWHU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Abandoned at the age of two months and taken in by the Ospedale della Pietà, Chiara (or Chiaretta) rose within that enclosed charitable institution in Venice to become one of the leading European violinists of the middle of the 18th century. No stranger to such acclaim, himself, two and a half centuries later, Fabio Biondi, on his first release for Glossa, has devised a CD drawing on the personal diary of this remarkable musician who was taught by Antonio Vivaldi, and later became a virtuoso soloist on the violin, as well as the viola d amore. The programme consists of concertos and sinfonias by composers who, like the prete rosso, taught at the Pietà: Porta, Porpora, Martinelli, Latilla, Perotti and Bernasconi are all musicians whose compositions charm and delight as much today as they did in the time of Chiara. Along with this inspired vision-in-sound of the 18th century musical world of the Ospedale comes a half-hour long DVD dramatisation; CD and DVD admirably reflect both the virtuosic skills demanded of the instrumental soloists of the day and the revolution in musical tastes (inside the Pietà as well as outside it), as the Baroque passed to Classicism via the galant style. Includes bonus DVD; Il Diario di Chiara , a film by Lucrezia Le Moli and Fabio Biondi.

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'...burstingly vital … vigorous bowing … things are never allowed to flag.' --Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone May 2014

***** / ***** Europa Galante is insouciant, reminding us that the gallant is an attitude out of which grew a musical style; these players command both. The solo performances are incandescent, veering between searing lyricism and precocious virtuosity ... Chiara s music, and the players performances capture the heart. --Berta Joncus, BBC Music Magazine June 2014

'...impeccably played … one which all lovers of the Italian Baroque should not miss.' --Ian Graham-Jones, Early Music Review April 2014

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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 July 2014
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This is an absolutely cracking CD of Italian baroque music. It is based upon three concerti written for Chiara, an outstanding violinist at the Ospedale della Pieta with which Vivaldi was especially associated. There is a Vivaldi concerto here, but also two other concerti by Martinelli and sinfonias by several other composers. Chiara collected a number of these pieces in her diary - hence the disc's title.

What makes this disc special is the playing of Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi. They give it real zing and sparkle in the livelier movements but also bring out the genuine beauty and emotion in the slower movements. One reviewer in The Guardian described this as being "a bit hard-driven" but I disagree; I think it's vigorous, passionate, tender and thoughtful as appropriate. The musicians play this music as though it really meant something so that even the slightly less distinguished works are still well worth hearing.

Beautifully recorded and presented by Glossa (as always), I think this is a really good disc all round and I can recommend this very warmly.
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This is a fascinating collection based on an unusual concept. There are composers here I'd never heard of but the music is of high quality, well recorded and (as you would expect) all played in Europa Galante's usual spirited style. The big surprise for me was the bonus DVD - I didn't expect much of this, to be honest. Most bonus items aren't that interesting. In this case, though, it is a well-made and imaginative film that complements the music perfectly. It's worth buying the CD rather than the cheaper download just to get the DVD. Either way, the music itself won't disappoint if you are at all interested in the Italian baroque.
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By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2015
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We have here an explanatory booklet along with two discs: a CD of the music and a DVD of the film by Lucrezia le Moli about the girls brought up in and around the Eighteenth Century in the Pieta in Venice, a kind of strict home for orphaned girls left there as babies by single mothers unable to cope with rearing them adequately. Some of these girls became talented singers and expert musicians able t play a variety of instruments. The music on the CD represents some of the music they would have played, much of it written for them by the featured composers, of whom Vivaldi is perhaps the best known. He used to teach at the Pieta and compose music especially for the girls and young women, most of whom were very fond of him. I think he was in some kind of holy orders, which prevented him from marrying. However, I believe he did end up 'teaming up' with one of the young ladies.

In all there are 24 tracks featuring seven mainly Eighteenth Century composers: Giovanni Porta (1675-1737 and active at the Pieta 1726-37); Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741 and active at the Piets 1713-40); Antonoi Martinelli (1702-82 and active at the Pieta 1750-81); Gaetano Latilla (1711-88 and active at the Pieta 1753-65); Fulgenso Perotti (18th Century composer active at the Pieta 1759-63) Andrea Bernasconi (1706-84 and active at the Pieta 1744-53). I have to say that I had heard of just Matinelli and Vivaldi before I purchased this disc and it's so good to learn about the others. All of the music is simply gloriously lovely and fits in a treat with learning about these talented girls and the composers who, in one way and another, fell in love with them. Apparently, some of the girls did leave to get married. However, if they did, they were never allowed back to play music.
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HASH(0x94ab0930) out of 5 stars A cracking disc 12 July 2014
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absolutely cracking CD of Italian baroque music. It is based upon three concerti written for Chiara, and outstanding violinist at the Ospedale della Pieta with which Vivaldi was especially associated. There is a Vivaldi concerto here, but also two other concerti by Martinelli and sinfonias by several other composers. Chiara collected a number of these pieces in her diary – hence the disc's title.

What makes this disc special is the playing of Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi. They give it real zing and sparkle in the livelier movements but also bring out the genuine beauty and emotion in the slower movements. One reviewer in The Guardian described this as being "a bit hard-driven" but I disagree; I think it's vigorous, passionate, tender and thoughtful as appropriate. The musicians play this music as though it really meant something so that even the slightly less distinguished works are still well worth hearing.

Beautifully recorded and presented by Glossa (as always), I think this is a really good disc all round and I can recommend this very warmly.
HASH(0x9495d4ec) out of 5 stars Wonderful music, and a video to go with it ... 20 July 2016
By Diana White - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful music, and a video to go with it that explains the historical background. It's almost as good as going to a concert at the Pieta itself!
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