FRANCESCO ANTONIO PISTOCCHI (1659-1726): Il Martirio di San Adriano.
Catalogue Number: 04O016
Label: Pan Classics
Reference: PC 10282
Description: Pistocchi was not only a composer but also a performing countertenor; this 1692 oratorio, lasting 95 minutes, was written for an aristocratic wedding and trumpets the virtues of marital fidelity through the story of a Roman soldier who converts to Christianity and his wife, already a secret Christian. The music has great lyric charm and the five-part string ensemble is imaginatively varied according to the emotional needs of the text. 2 CDs. Italian texts. Alessandro Carmigiani (alto), Patrizia Vaccari (soprano), Gianluca Ferrarini (tenor), Sergio Foresti (bass), Compagnia de Musici; Francesco Baroni (harpsichord).