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Domenico Scarlatti:
La Dirindina & Pur nel sonno

Ars Lyrica

Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano ~ Brian Shircliffe, baritone ~ Joseph Gaines, tenor ~ Celine Ricci, soprano

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CD + Pure Audio Blu-Ray

Sono Luminus is proud to release this latest breathtaking project from Ars Lyrica, Domenico Scarlatti's La Dirindina and Pur nel sonno.   The package is a 2-disc set, containing a multi-format Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc as well as a standard CD.

The story of La Dirindina concerns a wily but gifted young singer, Dirindina (Jamie Barton), and her teacher Don Carissimo (Brian Shircliffe), whose interest in his pupil is more than a little untoward.   Dirindina's independent spirit and her ability to sing (when she wants to) annoy Don Carissimo, who is further vexed by the appearance of Liscione (Joseph Gaines), a famous castrato who brings some surprising news: the Milan theater wants to engage Dirindina as its prima donna.   Don Carissimo flies into a rage, stammering his way through a highly amusing and forward-looking aria, only to see that his pretty pupil is now flirting openly with the castrato.

Part II opens with the unctuous Liscione plying Dirindina with a little minuet, which manages simultaneously to flatter the young singer's ego while lampooning the fashionable but shamelessly sentimental manners of the aristocracy.   Dirindina responds with perhaps the oddest aria in the work, full of syncopations and serpentine melodies that cheekily invoke various bodily fluids, with which she promises to seduce the Milanese public.   The ensuing “play within a play,” a mock enactment of the tragic Dido's rejection of the feckless Aeneas, is witnessed by Don Carissimo, who fails to get the joke and thinks that his ward is not only with child but ready to commit suicide.   As with all good comedies, the joke's on him: the finale is both outrageous and touching, as the capon and the hen are joined in hand by a thoroughly deceived old man. …

La Dirindina - part I
  1. Sinfonia: Minuet
  2. Recitative (Don Carissimo, Dirindina): Signora Dirindina
  3. Aria (Dirindina): Vo' cantar
  4. Recitative (Don Carissimo, Dirindina, Liscione): E questo basta a me
  5. Aria (Don Carissimo): Sola voi?
  6. Recitative (Liscione, Don Carissimo, Dirindina): Sola, signora sì
  7. Trio (Don Carissimo, Dirindina, Liscione): Commar Dirindona

Sonata in G minor, K. 88   8. Grave
  9. Andante moderato
10. Allegro
11. Minuetto

La Dirindina - part II
12. Recitative (Dirindina, Liscione): Ma il vostro sentimento
13. Aria (Liscione): Queste vostre pupillette
14. Recitative (Dirindina, Liscione): Di voi mi fido 15. Aria (Dirindina): A un amante
16. Recitative (Liscione, Dirindina, Don Carissimo): Ma quell che più pilotta
17. Trio (Don Carissimo, Liscione, Dirindina): Dammi la man, Liscione

Sonata in G Major, K. 91
18. Grave
19. Allegro
20. Grave
21. Allegro

Pur nel sonno almen tal'ora
22. Introduzione alla cantata - Allegro
23. Introduzione - Minuet
24. Aria: Pur nel sonno almen tal'ora - Andante lento
25. Recitative: Pria dell'aurora o Fille
26. Aria: Parti con l'ombra e ver - Allegro Moderato

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