Marc' Antonio Cesti  
Marc' Antonio Cesti
Pietro Antonio Cesti, byname Marc’ Antonio (baptized Aug. 5, 1623, Arezzo, Tuscany [Italy]—died Oct. 14, 1669, Florence), composer who, with Francesco Cavalli, was one of the leading Italian composers of the 17th century.

Cesti studied in Rome and then moved to Venice, where his first known opera, Orontea, was produced in 1649. In 1652 he became chapelmaster to Archduke Ferdinand of Austria at Innsbruck, a post he combined for a time with membership in the papal choir. From 1666 to 1669 he was vice chapelmaster to the imperial court in Vienna.

Throughout the 17th century his operas were widely performed in Italy and elsewhere. His most sumptuous opera, Il pomo d’oro (1667; The Golden Apple); his masterpiece, Dori (1661); and his most popular opera, Orontea, appear in modern editions. He is said to have written about 100 operas, but only 15 are extant. Christ Church, Oxford, Eng., possesses an important manuscript collection of 18 secular and three sacred cantatas. Numerous other cantatas are preserved elsewhere. His cantatas and his religious plays show the influence of the more conservative, contrapuntal Roman school; his operas, that of the more progressive Venetian school. But the solemn and lyrical vocal lines of his cantatas reflect the bel canto style that he helped introduce from the cantata into the opera. In this, in his harmonic language, and in his emphasis on the singer and the aria, as against text and recitative, he foreshadowed operatic developments of the 18th century.

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Antonacci a Firenze 03 - Marc'Antonio Cesti - Intorno all'idol mio
Anna Caterina Antonacci al Saloncino del Teatro della Pergola, 12 marzo 2012
Pianoforte: Donald Sulzen
Cesti - Prologo della Fama: Voi, che nobil sentiero (La Dori) - Vittoria Giacobazzi
Vittoria Giacobazzi, soprano
Mario Sollazzo, clavicembalo
Antonio Cesti - Intorno all'idol mio
Addio Corindo - "I casti amori d'Orontea" - Marc'Antonio Cesti
Silandra's aria from "I casti amori d'Orontea" by Marc'Antonio Cesti. Performed in Brookes Chapel, Shorter College, January 2010. Kirsten C. Kunkle, soprano, Jerico Vasquez, piano.
Intorno all'idol mio by Antonio Cesti
The Graduation Recital of Melissa L. Flummerfelt, soprano
with Lois Richter, Piano

This Recital was presented as Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Bachelor of Arts in Music, Vocal Performance at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Intorno all'idol mio- Around my idol

Around my idol
Blow, gently blow,
Winds sweet and gracious
And on the favored cheeks
Kiss him for me, courteous breezes!

To my love who rests
On the wings of peace
Pleasant dreams provoke.
And my hidden ardor
Reveal to him for me
O spirits of love.

Cesti : Orontea, opera (Intorno all'idol mio e scena XVII)
Orontea, Helga Muller Molinari, soprano
Ensemble Instrumentale, Réné Jacobs
Cesti - Semiramide (1 of 15)
Il Complesso Barocco / Curtis. 1987 Innsbruck. Anselmi, Gall, Verschaeve, Van der Kamp, Manga, Reinhard, Pennicchi, Fagotto
Intorno all'idol mio (Marc'Antonio Cesti)
Raffaella Milanesi, soprano
Luca Marincola, pianoforte
Antonio Cesti: Orontea (Concerto Vocale)

Staging of the opera 'Il Pomo d'Oro' by Marc'Antonio Cesti, on the occasion of the wedding between the emperor Leopold I and Marguerite Therese of Spain. Vienna, 1666. Scenography for the Prologue
Cesti - Il Pomo d'oro
Il Pomo d'oro - Festa teatrale in un prologo e cinque atti
Vienna, Teatro di corte, 12 e 14 luglio 1668

Pluto: Teodor Ciurdea;
Mars: Kurt Azesberger;
Momus: Eberhard Kummer;
Neptun: Rudolf Vogel;
Bacchus: Nicolai Cok;
Merkur: Stratton Bull;
Venus: Ursula Targler;
Jupiter: Gerd Fussi;
Juno: Kjellaug Tesaker;
Ganymed: Mircea Mihalache;
Paris: Kurt Equiluz;
Filaura: Marius van Altena;
Spanien: Ursula Targler;
Italien: Stratton Bull;
Das Königreich Ungarn: Kurt Equiluz;
Das Römische Reich: Gerd Fussi;
Sardinien: Kjellaug Tesaker;
Das Königreich Böhmen: Nigel Dickson;
Amerika: Kurt Azesberger;
Die Österreichischen Erblande in Deutschland: Ivan Urbas;
Amor: Monika Lenz;
Hymen: Timothy Wilson;
Gloria Austriaca: Vera Nentwig;
Proserplna: Änike WudKal;
Discordia: Rannveig Braga;
Apollo: Timothy Wilson;
Hebe: Petra Schnitzer;
Pallas Athene: Sally Bradshaw;
Eunone: Eva Meindel;
Aurindo: Nigel Dickson;
Caron: Teodor Ciurdea;
Drei Furien: Rannveig Braga, Renate Weninger, Änike Wudkal ;
Kekrops: Ivan Urbas;
Adrasto: Timothy Wilson;
Alkeste: Jutta Geister;
Ein Soldat: Price Brown;
Xolus: Rudolf Vogel;
Euro: Price Brown;
Zephyr: Gundi Klebel;
Ein Priester der Pallas Athene: Teodor Ciurdea;
Einer aus dem Chor: Price Brown;
Das Element des Feuers: Mircea Mihalache;
Die drei Grazien: Christine Schwarz, Petra Schnitzer, Rannveig Braga

Chor und Orchester "Spectaculum"
Dirigent: Gerhard Kramer
Wien (Juni 1989)

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