Stravaganza d’Amore!


Late sixteenth-century Florence was a theatre: first and foremost a political one, in the eyes of the dynasties that wished to use the arts to display their power. A humanist one too, as is shown by these intermedi (interludes) that sought to achieve the perfect blend between music and poetry. Inserted into plays these entertainments were presented with lavish visual and musical resources. After reaching an initial peak in 1589 with the intermedi composed for Baragli’s La Pellegrina, this tradition was prolonged in the burgeoning genre of opera by such composers as Peri, Caccini, and, very soon, Monteverdi and Gagliano. Rather than aiming for the impossible ideal of a reconstruction, Raphaël Pichon has devised a sort of imaginary intermedio by selecting the nest gems from this repertory, featuring the gures of Apollo, Orpheus and Eurydice, and above all Cupid: Love, Love, Love!

Additional Info

  • No: A015501740000
  • Composer: Peri, Caccini, Malvezzi, Cavalieri, Monteverdi, Gagliano
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Orchestra: Ensemble Pygmalion
  • Artists: Lea Desandre, Eva Zaïcik, Lucile Richardot, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Zachary Wilder, Nicolas Brooymans
  • Production year: 2019
  • Run time: 01:47:00
  • Producers: Camera Lucida and ARTE France
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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