In September 1701, during Maria Luisa of Savoya's trip to Barcelona to wed Philip V, inclement weather forced the retinue to call at Marseilles, an unexpected stop that gave rise to the pieces and dances found on this recording. Organist Charles Desmazures devoted to the Queen a collection of seven suites in the period immediately after Lully, and prior to François Couperin. On this recording, the group Vespres d Arnadí provides a rich and imaginative performance full of vitality.
The early music ensemble Vespres d’Arnadí and the soprano Maria Espada pay tribute to the Venetian singer Anna Maria Strada, Händel’s favourite soprano, to whom the composer dedicated 24 of his operas premiered between 1729 and 1737. Overtures and arias from Orlando, Agrippina, Poro, Sosarme, Atalanta, Ezio, Alcina and Arianna in Creta form part of this new album, recorded under the direction of Dani Espasa.
María Espada, soprano Vespres d'Arnadí, Dani Espasa