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João de Sousa Carvalho: L'Angelica

By Concerto Campestre

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By Concerto Campestre, Fernando Guimaraes, Joana Seara, Lidia Vinyes Curtis, Maria Luisa Tavares, Pedro Castro, and Sandra Medeiros. By João de Sousa Carvalho. Classical. 2 listening CDs. Published by Naxos (NX.8573554-55).

Item Number: NX.8573554-55

João de Sousa Carvalho was one of the most important Portuguese composers of his generation. L'Angelica was his first opportunity to write a courtly drama after being appointed as music master to the royal princesses, and impressing these noble patrons was a top priority. Setting a libretto by the great poet Metastasio, Carvalho brings out every ounce of dramatic intensity in his richly expressive score, the story of how the beautiful Angelica uses and misuses her seductive charms told in music so captivating that Queen Maria entrusted her composer with key royal commissions thereafter.

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