Porpora: Cello Sonata in C Major
Cello Sonata in C Major
for Cello, Violin & Basso Continuo,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by the Ensemble Nel Dolce:
Harm Meiners (Cello) · Olga Piskorz (Violin) · Flóra Fábri (Harpsichord)
A live recording from Bad Homburg Palace in Germany
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: 7:58
Digital Album [here: MP3/320kBit/sec.]
4 Tracks · Digital Booklet
icola Antonio Porpora (17 August 1686 - 3 March 1768) was an Italian composer and teacher of singing of the Baroque era, whose most famous singing students were the castrati Farinelli and Caffarelli. Other students included composers Matteo Capranica and Joseph Haydn. Porpora was born in Naples. He graduated from the music conservatory Poveri di Gesù Cristo of his native city, where the civic opera scene was dominated by Alessandro Scarlatti. Porpora's first opera, Agrippina, was successfully performed at the Neapolitan court in 1708. His second, Berenice, was performed at Rome. In a long career, he followed these up by many further operas, supported as maestro di cappella in the households of aristocratic patrons, such as the commander of military forces at Naples, prince Philip of Hesse-Darmstadt, or of the Portuguese ambassador at Rome, for composing operas alone did not yet make a viable career. However, his enduring fame rests chiefly upon his unequalled power of teaching singing. At the Neapolitan Conservatorio di Sant'Onofrio and with the Poveri di Gesù Cristo he trained Farinelli, Caffarelli, Salimbeni, and other celebrated vocalists, during the period 1715 to 1721. In 1720 and 1721 he wrote two serenades to libretti by a gifted young poet, Metastasio, the beginning of a long, though interrupted, collaboration. In 1722 his operatic successes encouraged him to lay down his conservatory commitments. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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