Het Stile Galante team is neergestreken in ons museum in Heerde voor een omvangrijk project rond componist Luigi Marchesi (1754 – 1829), en gevierd castrato soprano, de ‘Freddy Mercury’ van zijn tijd. Het project omvat de CD opname van alle Marchesi Ariette, aangevuld met twee vrouwelijke componistes en tijdgenoten: Anne-Marie Krumpholz en Veronika Cianchettini; alledrie werkzaam in Londen aan het eind van de 18de eeuw.
Five years ago, Stile Galante dedicated an extensive project to the celebrated soprano castrato Luigi Marchesi (1754-1829). The project included some academic conferences, masterclasses, a CD recording with the renowned Swedish mezzosoprano Ann Hallenberg, and the first scientific monograph on the singer. We are now going back to this extraordinary European musician and analyse his work as a composer, together with the works of female composers working with him, most of them renewed fortepiano or harp virtuosos developing their careers in London in the 90s of the 18th century.
From this work we developed the idea of a recording and a series of concerts to present his vocal music and brilliant instrumental pieces created by female composers like Anne-Marie Krumpholz, née Steckler (1766-1824) and Veronika Rosalia Cianchettini, née Dusikova (1769–1833). For this kind of recording we absolutely want to use original instruments: having in our hands two marvelous original harps we need to complete the soundscape panorama of this recording with original fortepianos (at least one square, and one “grand” piano). Please, note that Marchesi music was published by Longman and Broderip, and it fits peculiarly the possibilities of table pianos.
Luigi Marchesi (1754-1829)
The success of some of these scores exceeded Marchesi’s own expectations. The Ariette op. 1 & 2 are sweet musical cameos dominated by remarkable elegance. They perfectly embody the taste of the time and represent Marchesi’s wish to use his popularity as an opera singer to push in front of the audience a more all-round and cosmopolitan image of himself as an artist suitable both for the stage and a sophisticated cultural lounge life.
Anne-Marie Krumpholtz & Veronika Rosalia Cianchettini
The Marchesi Team
The project is going to be released by the prestigious Pan Classics label, and is supported by a private sponsor and a crowdfunding.