1. 1) Claudio Monteverdi Orfeo - Toccata & Prologo

    7.21

  2. 2) Giulio Caccini Euridice - Prologo

    3.59

  3. 3) Francesco Cavalli Didone - Sinfonia & Prologo

    4.03

  4. 4) Francesco Cavalli Eritrea - Prologo

    3.29

  5. 5) Stefano Landi Il Sant Alessio- Sinfonia & Prologo

    9.54

  6. 6) Luigi Rossi Il Palagio d'Atlante - Prologo

    3.22

  7. 7) Francesco Cavalli Ormindo - Sinfonia & Prologo

    7.24

  8. 8) Pietro Antonio Cesti Il pomo d oro - Sinfonia & Prologo

    6.12

  9. 9) Alessandro Stradella Sinfonia a due violini e basso

    6.42

  10. 10) Pietro Antonio Cesti Argia - Sinfonia & Prologo

    5.03

  11. 11) Alessandro Stradella La pace incatenata - Prologo per musica

    9.19

  12. 12) Alessandro Scarlatti Rosaura - Sinfonia & Prologo

    7.35

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THE OPERA BEFORE THE OPERA

The prologue is a unique feature of early baroque opera: an opening scene where an allegorical figure enters the stage to prepare the audience for the musical drama to come. Thus Prologue is the musical introduction of Italian star soprano Francesca Aspromonte and her exclusive, long term engagement with Pentatone, promising great joy as well as drama in the years to come.

Prologue is a highly original album consisting of several prologues from early-baroque operas by Monteverdi, Caccini, Cavalli, Landi, Rossi, Cesti, Stradella and Scarlatti. Strung together, they form a representation in a single act, a theatre full of small, complete dramas: the opera before the opera.

Francesca Aspromonte is quickly establishing herself as a shining star in the Baroque firmament. She has curated this album together with musical director Enrico Onofri, who leads il pomo d’oro, one of the most important and successful period ensembles of today.