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An educational programme featuring early music.

The travel journals of Charles Burney (1726-1814). Part 5: Journey through France and Italy: Bologna. Here Burney meets the famous castrato Farinelli and a young Mozart, among others.

In Bologna, Burney met Father Martini, who had the ambition to write a history of music. He also met Carlo Broschi, also known as Farinelli, a pupil of Nicola Porpora. Carlo Broschi knew Domenico Scarlatti who, like himself, was in the service of the Queen of Spain, and wrote many collections of sonatas for him.
And in the nick of time, Burney also met the young Mozart.


Nicola Porpora (1686-1768)
1. From the opera Polifemo: “Alto Giove”

Philippe Jarousski, countertenor. Venice Baroque Orchestra led by Andrea Marcon
(CD Farinelli. Porpora Arias. Erato 509999 9341302-2)

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
2. Sonata K443 in D major
3. Sonata K247 in C-sharp minor

Mikhail Pletnev, piano
(CD Scarlatti Sonatas – Michael Pletnev. Virgin Classics VCD 45123-2)

Riccardo Broschi (1698-1756)
4. From the opera Artaserse by Johann Adolf Hasse: Aria “Sono qual nave ch’agitata”
5. Aria “Se al labbro mio non credi” (instrumental arrangement by Christophe Rousset)

Derek Lee Ragin, countertenor. Les Talens Lyriques led by Christophe Rousset
(CD Farinelli Il castrato. Auvidis K 1005)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
6. Symphony in G major, K110
– Allegro
– Andante
– Menuet
– Allegro

Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana led by Alessandro Arigoni
(CD Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Brilliant Classics 290137)

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
7. Sonata in F-sharp minor, K 25

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