Domenico Mazzocchi: La Catena D'adone
Label: Alpha Productions
Scherzi Musicali, Nicolas Achten
La Catena d'Adone was first performed in 1626 and marked the arrival of opera in Rome. With all the characteristics of the genre, a pastoral tale in one prologue and five acts, it chronicles the tumultuous love lives of Adonis, Apollo, Venus and Falsirena... Its frivolous and sensual, why even erotic tone, is placed in sharp contrast with Christian morality in a perfectly mastered Recitarcantando style supported here by a wealth of instruments. This opera whose mark on the early baroque period was immense, here appears for the first time on a recording.