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Home » Italian Composers » Benedetto Marcello

Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739)

Recordings

Benedetto Marcello. Duetti. ORF (1 CD, May 2012). Silvia Frigato, soprano; Sara Mingardo, contralto. Game di Legno Consort. UK | FR | DE
Benedetto Marcello. Salmi vol. 1. Stradivarius STR 33679 (1 CD, October 2010). Details. Alessandro Casari, Gli Erranti. Elisa Franzetti, soprano; Alessandro Carmignani, countertenor; Gianluca Ferrarini, tenor; Walter Testolin, bass. Salmi 10, 14, 31 & 34. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Benedetto Marcello. Cassandra (Odi, o Troia) / Concerto for violin arranged for solo harpsichord by J.S. Bach, BWV 981. Aeon AECD 1987 (1 CD, March 2010). Kai Wessel, countertenor. David Blunden, harpsichord. J.C.F. Bach later set the same Cassandra libretto for alto, strings and continuo in a galant style, with mostly accompanied recitative and arioso, but concluding with two long, da capo arias. An excellent recording by Max et al. is available on cpo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Vivaldi, Nisi Dominus. Benedetto Marcello, Salmo XXI "Volgi, mio Dio", Estro poetico armonico. Carlo Tessarnini, Alletamenti. Fontmorigny (1 CD, November 2009). Details. Emmanuel Bardon, countertenor, Canticum Novum. FR | DE
Benedetto Marcello. Joaz (Vienna 1726). ORF 2011382 (2 CDs, June 2008). Details. Christoph Hammer, Neue Hofkapelle München. Athalia: Maria Erlacher, soprano; Joaz: Markus Forster, countertenor; Josabet: Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Mathan: Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Azaria: Martin Bruns, baritone; Joiada: Dominik Wörner, bass. Libretto by Apostolo Zeno. There are so many musical styles represented in this work that it sounds like a pasticcio, yet none of the music is recognizable to me as borrowed. It is likewise variable in quality, but the best arias are very fine. Includes a booklet with Italian/German and separate English librettos that was missing from the first copy I received. ORF Shop. UK | FR | DE
Benedetto Marcello. Six Cello Sonatas. L'Oiseau Lyre DSLO 546 (1 LP 1978). Reissued on Explore EXP 0012 (1 CD 2006). Anthony Pleeth, cello; Richard Webb, cello; Christopher Hogwood, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Benedetto Marcello. Salmi de Davide. Pslams 15, 18 & 21 from Estro poetico-armonico (1724) & two sonatas à Tre. ATMA ACD 2 2233 (1 CD 2004). Details. Jay Bernfeld, director & viol, Ensemble Fuoco e Cenere. Rinat Shaham, mezzo-soprano, Skip Sempé, harpsichord; Mike Fentross, theorbo; Françoise Johannel, harp; Arianne Maurette, viol; Susie Napier, cello. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Arcadia. Decca 4702962 (US: B0001808-02) (1 CD 2003). Bendetto Marcello, Quando penso agl'affani, plus works by Francesco Gasparini, Bernardo Pasquini, Arcangelo Corelli & Alessandro Scarlatti. Andreas Scholl, countertenor. Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina. Superb recording of previously unknown pastoral cantatas, the most elaborate of which is by Marcello. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Benedetto Marcello. Arianna (1727). Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0656(3) (3 CDs, 2000). Filippo Maria Bressan, Athestis Chorus, Academia de li Musici. Arianna: Anna Chierichetti, soprano; Fedra: Gloria Banditelli, contralto; Teseo: Mirko Guadagnini, tenor; Bacco: Sergio Foresti, bass; Sileno: Antonio Abete, bass. Quite an interesting work, with an unusually large number of choruses and arias for bass. Only a few of the movements sound as if they might have been composed by Vivaldi. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Benedetto Marcello. Estro poetico-armonico. Psalms 3, 10, 40, 44 & 47 (1724). Harmonia Mundi HMC 901696 (1 CD, 2000). Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln. Johanna Koslowsky, soprano; Elisabeth Popien, alto; Wilfried Jochens, tenor; Stephan Schreckenberger, bass. US | UK | DE | CA | JP
Benedetto Marcello. Requiem in the Venetian Manner. Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0637 (1 CD, 1999). Filippo Maria Bressan, Athestis Chorus, Academia de li Musici. Marisa Pugina, soprano; Barbara Zanichelli, soprano; Elena Biscuola, contralto; Paolo Costa, alto; Mauro Collina, tenor; Vincenzo Di Donato, tenor; Marco Scavazza, bass, Walter Testolin, bass. Contents: Requiem SF B660; Sonatas for organ SF C736/37; Motet "Dulcis Jesu Mater cara" SF B637. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Benedetto Marcello. Sonatas for Harpsichord, Op. 3. Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0671(2) (2 CDs, 2001). Roberto Loreggian. Reconstruction and critical edition by Alessandro Borin. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Benedetto Marcello. La Stravaganza: Duetti & Cantate. Opus 111 OPS 30-149 (1 CD 1996). La Venexiana. Rossana Bertini, soprano; Claudio Cavina, countertenor. Paul Beier, theorbo & archlute; Fabio Bonizzoni, harpsichord; Marco Testori, cello. Includes La Lucrezia, set to the same text set by Handel, La Stravaganza, Onda d'amaro pianto and six duets. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Benedetto Marcello. Psalms 14 & 17 from Estro poetico-armonico (1724). Harmonia Mundi (Quintana) HMA 1903048 (1 CD, 1992, 1994). Pál Németh, Capella Savaria. Roberto Balconi, countertenor; Guy de Mey, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass; Mária Zádori, soprano (14). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Other Recordings

Benedetto Marcello. Lo Specchio della Nostalgia. Duetti e cantate per voce e stromenti. Tactus TC 683801 (1 CD 2001). Details. Anna Simboli, soprano; Martín Oro, countertenor. Francesco Moi, Accademia degli Invaghiti. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Benedetto Marcello. Estro Poetico Armonico. Psalms 3, 8, 15 & 28 (1724). Kicco KC019.1 (1 CD 2000). Riccardo Martinini, cello and director. Simone Bartellini, sopranist, Claire Brua, contralto. I haven't heard this CD. US | FR
Benedetto Marcello. Psalmen Davids. Psalms 10, 14 & 21 (1724). K617099 (1 CD, 1999). Jean-Christophe Frisch, XVIII-21 Musique des Lumières. Cyrille Gerstenhaber, soprano; Christophe Laporte, alto; Hervé Lamy, tenor; Laurent Grauer, bass.  I haven't heard this CD. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Books

Marco Bizzarini. Benedetto Marcello. L'Epos 2006. Details. 352 pages. IT | UK | FR | DE | JP
Eleanor Selfridge-Field. The Works of Benedetto and Alessandro Marcello: a Thematic Catalogue. With commentary on the composers, repertory and sources. Oxford University Press, 1990. 517 pages. This book provides incipits for opening movements only. Thus, for example, only four incipits are furnished for Arianna -- for the four movements of the opening sinfonia. A supplementary thematic catalogue of all known arias, choruses and other movements by the Marcellos would be quite useful. US | IT | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Andreas Giger & Thomas J. Mathiesen (eds.) Music in the Mirror: Reflections on the History of Music Theory and Literature for the 21st Century. 331 pages. Contents. University of Nebraska Press, 2002. Reviewed by Clifford Bartlett in Early Music Review 91: 1 (June 2003). Includes Don Harrán, "The Hebrew Exemplum as a Force of Renewal in 18th Century Musical Thought: The Case of Benedetto Marcello and His Collection of Psalms". US | UK

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