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At the Pleasure of Mazarin

Time: April 28, 2018 from 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: The Church of St. Jean Baptiste
Street: 184 East 76th Street
City/Town: New York City
Website or Map: http://www.mazzarinomusica.org
Phone: 18887184253
Event Type: cd, release, concert
Organized By: Salon/Sanctuary Concerts
Latest Activity: Apr 11, 2018

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Jessica Gould, soprano
L’Aura Soave
Diego Castelli & Dario Palmisano, violins
Diego Cantalupi, theorbo
Davide Pozzi, harpsichord

A Cardinal who never took holy orders, Mazarin, né Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino, was born near Naples, grew up in Rome, and became Chief Minister of France. The most powerful advisor to Louis XIV was more fascinated by art than theology, importing innumerable Italian compositions and a fair number of Italian composers in service of the French state. His dedication to artistic splendor was a hallmark of his tenure and a gift to subsequent generations.

Native sons whom he championed include Luigi Rossi, Virgilio Mazzocchi, Francesco Cavalli and Giacomo Carissimi, and their work came totransform the music of France. Arias, cantatas, and operas by these Italian composers and more can be found to this day at the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, where many treasures of Mazarin’s collection still await a performance in our own time.

The France à Cordes festival concludes with this CD release concert, which celebrates the new recording of At the Pleasure of Mazarin on the MV Cremona label.

At the Pleasure of Mazzarin was previously performed in Italy at Villa Finaly – La Chancellerie des Universités de Paris La Sorbonne, and the Istituto Francese at Palazzo Lenzi.

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