Performance Friday, October 6, 2017 | 7:30 PM


La lyra d'Orfeo

Zankel Hall
Luigi Rossi was one of the shining lights of 17th-century Italian vocal music. A master of the canzonetta (a type of popular song) and cantata, Rossi also composed operas—L’Orfeo was one of his most successful—for both the Papal family and the French court. Extremely versatile, Rossi juxtaposed styles within a single work, often shifting from intense recitative to mellifluous song, while also venturing into daring harmonic regions. L’Arpeggiata—the “superb early music ensemble with a quirky sensibility” (The New York Times)—performs this supremely inventive composer’s vocal music.

Part of Mix and Mingle.


  • L'Arpeggiata
    Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director
  • Céline Scheen, Soprano
  • Giuseppina Bridelli, Mezzo-Soprano


  • ROSSI Sinfonia from Il Palazzo incantato
  • ROSSI "Vaghi Rivi" from Il Palazzo incantato
  • ROSSI "Begl'occhi, che dite"
  • ROSSI "Dove mi spingi, amor" from Il Palazzo incantato
  • ROSSI "Gelosia ch'a poco a poco"
  • CAZZATI Ciaccona from Trattenimento per camera d’arie, correnti, e balletti
  • ROSSI "Mio ben" from Orfeo
  • ROSSI "Dal imperio d’amore" from Orfeo
  • ROSSI "Questo picciolo rio"
  • L. ALLEGRI Canario from Il primo libro delle musiche
  • ROSSI "Dormite, begl’occhi" from Orfeo
  • ROSSI "Sol per breve tormento" from Il Palazzo incantato
  • ROSSI "Se dolente e flebil cetra"
  • ROSSI "La bella più bella"
  • ROSSI Ballo from Il Palazzo incantato
  • SANCES Sonata from L'Orontea
  • ROSSI LUIGI ROSSI "Al soave spirar d'aure serene"
  • ROSSI "Lasciate Averno" from Orfeo


Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM in Zankel Hall with Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director of L'Arpeggiata, in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.


L’Arpeggiata | Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director

At a Glance

The composer of some 300 richly expressive chamber cantatas and lightweight canzonettas, Luigi Rossi left his mark on the world of opera with a pair of ambitious musical dramas. Both date from the 1640s, when the newish art form of opera was just beginning its migration from the aristocratic salon to the public theater. Il palazzo incantato, based on Ariosto’s popular epic Orlando furioso, was commissioned by an opera-loving member of the papal family in Rome. Orfeo, an elaborately plotted retelling of the mythical romance of Orpheus and Eurydice, was written in Paris at the behest of Cardinal Mazarin, the powerful chief minister of the underaged Louis XIV.

L’Arpeggiata’s program intersperses excerpts from Rossi’s two operas with a sampling of his exquisitely crafted vocal chamber music and short instrumental pieces by three other Italian composers active in the mid–17th century. Although somewhat overlooked today, Rossi was both lionized and imitated by his contemporaries. After his death in 1653, the Bolognese composer Giacomo Antonio Perti placed him alongside Antonio Cesti and Giacomo Carissimi as one of the “three greatest lights of our profession.”
This performance is part of Baroque Unlimited.

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