sacred composition in two parts based on a text from P.Metastasio, with
the music of Father Diogenio Bigaglia o.s.b., revised and adapted by Father
Transcribed and arranged by Raoul Ostorero.
Saverio Bambi (Adamo)
Soprano, Riccarda Bassi (Eva)
Tenor, Sano Shighehiro (Abele)
Bass, Massimo Siviero (Caino)
Ensemble Doppio Diesis, Conducted by: Luigi Verdi
Diogene Bigaglia, a Benedictine
monk from San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, was Chapelmaster of the Dome in Faenza
during the first half of the 1700s. He wrote valuable sacred and instrumental
music and composed several oratorios which were highly appreciated by his
contemporaries. Today his pieces of music are scattered in the most important
European libraries. During the period he lived in Faenza, Bigaglia performed his
own oratorios in Brisighella, Solarolo, Lugo, Rimini, Bologna. “L’Abele”,
one of his most successful works for the richness of its music, was composed in
1734 and performed in Solarolo under the conduction of its author in the same
year. Today’s execution is a tribute to Solarolo’s ancient splendour and
comes out of a long and demanding recovering work on manuscripts found in Venice
at the “Fondazione Cini” and never printed. The poetic text of the “sacred
composition” by Bigaglia looks as a sort of adaptation of the famous one by
Pietro Metastasio. The plot comes from the Bible (Genesis: IV, 1-6). The role of
Abele, an innocent victim of the human evil, is portrayed as a symbol of Jesus
and his sacrifice for the world’s Redemption. According to the custom of those
times, music is arranged on the basis of numbers and includes a twofold
introduction, Recitatives, Arias, one Arioso, one Concertato, and a final Choir.
The development is agile, learned and pleasantly woven.
Venice, Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore 5.3.1993
1 - Sinfonia 1'17"
2 - Recitativo 0'50"
3 - Aria 2'56"
4 - Recitativo 0'46"
5 - Aria 2'24"
6 - Recitativo 1'05"
7 - Aria l'18"
8 - Recitativo 1'24"
9 - Aria 2'29"
10 -Recitativo 0'27"
11 - Duetto 2'45"
12 -Recitativo 1'30"
13 - Aria 2'34"
14 - Finale I 3'57"
Caino - Abele
15 - Introduzione 2'45"
16 - Recitativo 0'41"
Abele - Caino
17 - Arioso 0'35"
18 - Recitativo 0'12"
19 - Recitativo 0'28" Abele - Caino
20 - Aria 3'22"
21 - Recitativo 1'07"
Adamo - Caino
22 - Aria 4'02"
23 - Recitativo 0'58"
24 - Aria 1'40"
25 - Recitativo 2'30"
Eva - voce d'Abele
26 - Concertato 3'52"
Eva - Abele
27 - Finale - Tutti 2'13"
Engineer: Paolo Fedi
Equipment: Neumann - Microphones and Studer Recorder
Monitor System: Klipsch - Loudspeakers
Tape: Basf and 3 M
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