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Francesco Cavalli

born: 14 February 1602
died: 14 January 1676
country: Italy

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Francesco Cavalli was born on 14 February 1602 in the Venetian city of Crema, the son of the organist Giovanni Battista Caletti. He was a choirboy in the cathedral and came to the notice of the Venetian governor Federico Cavalli, who became his patron; in return, the young Francesco Caletti eventually became Francesco Cavalli. He entered the choir of St Mark’s, Venice, in 1616 as a treble and worked there for the rest of his life with the exception of an extended visit to Paris from 1660 until 1662. He became second organist in 1639, first organist in 1665, and maestro di capella in 1668. After Monteverdi, his probable teacher, died in 1643 he was the most important figure in the Venetian operatic scene. He found time to write more than thirty operas, including Xerse and Ercole amante, the works he produced in Paris. He died in Venice on 14 January 1676, leaving money for the twice-yearly performance of his own eight-part setting of the Requiem Mass.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1997

Albums
'Cavalli: Messa Concertata & other works' (CDH55193)
Cavalli: Messa Concertata & other works
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH55193  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  
'17th-Century Bel Canto' (CDA66153)
17th-Century Bel Canto
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Complete works available for download
Canzona a 3 The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Canzona a 4 The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Canzona a 6 The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Canzona a 8 The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Messa Concertata Seicento, The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
O bone Jesu, O Jesu amabilis Carys Lane (soprano), Rodrigo del Pozo (tenor), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
O quam suavis et decora Philippa Hyde (soprano), Timothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Amara servitù (Elisa)  Act 1 Scene 5, Aria of Muzio Scevola (Cavalli)
Canzona a 3 (Cavalli)
Canzona a 4 (Cavalli)
Canzona a 6 (Cavalli)
Canzona a 8 (Cavalli)
Cor mio, che vuoi tu? (Endimione)  Aria of La Calisto (Cavalli)
Dolcissimi baci (Diana/Endimione)  Act 3, Aria of La Calisto (Cavalli)
Eliogabalo (Cavalli)
La Calisto (Cavalli)
Lasso io vivo è non ho vita (Egisto)  Aria of L'Egisto (Cavalli)
L'Egisto (Cavalli)
Messa Concertata (Cavalli)
Misero così và (Alessandro)  Act 1 No 13, Aria of Eliogabalo (Cavalli)
Muzio Scevola (Cavalli)
O bone Jesu, O Jesu amabilis (Cavalli)
O quam suavis et decora (Cavalli)
Piacque à me sempre più (Dema)  Act 2 No 8, Aria of L'Egisto (Cavalli)
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