Il Quaderno dell’Imperatrice, Vol. I

Ensemble Isabella Leonarda, Maurizio Schiavo, Angelo Manzotti

1 CD 2007 STEREO DDD – Total time: 50:31
Booklet 12 pages, Italian/English/French/German


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Carlo Broschi (Andria 24 – 01 – 1705, Bologna 15 – 07 – 1782), known as Farinelli, was not only that phenomenon who sent the audiences of the most famous European theaters into raptures thanks to his prodigious vocal virtuosity, but he was also a cultured musician who successfully exported Italian music and knew how to enhance it. Prominent among Farinelli’s sparse musical output are six arias sent on March 30, 1753 and dedicated to the enlightened Sovereign Maria Theresa D’ Austria, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, a great devotee and admirer of the Art of Music. “The Empress’s Notebook,” whose autograph is preserved at the National Library in Vienna, has considerable musicological value as the spiritual testament of a virtuoso who was an object of study and analysis in later centuries on a par with a Paganini or Liszt. (From the introduction by Fabio Bellofiore).