13th April 2009
Sonia Prina - contralto
Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini - conductor
Concerto in G minor RV 157
Là sull'eterna sponda from Motezuma
Concerto in B minor RV 580
Anderò, volerò, griderò from Orlando finto pazzo
Vedrò con mio diletto from Giustino
Nel profondo cieco mondo from Orlando furioso
Ho il cor già lacero from Griselda
Agitata infido flatu from Juditha triumphans
Concerto in C major RV 443
Sol da te from Orlando furioso
Sonia Prina is an Italian classical contralto who has had an active career in concerts and operas since the mid 1990s. She is particularly known for her appearances in Baroque operas and for her performances of the Baroque concert repertoire. She has recorded works by composers George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi. Born in Magenta, Prina studied singing and the trumpet at the Music Conservatoire Giuseppe Verdi, Milan and then pursued further studies at the La Scala Academy. She began performing in operas in the mid 1990s, first in the Italian repertoire of Rossini and Donizetti. By 1997 she had established herself as an artist in the Baroque repertoire.
Il Giardino Armonico is a pioneering Italian early music ensemble founded in Milan in 1985 by Luca Pianca and Giovanni Antonini, primarily to play 17th- and 18th-century music on period instruments. Il Giardino Armonico performs with soloists such as the mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli, duo pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque, cellist Christophe Coin, soprano Danielle de Niese; and its recordings have met with honours including the Gramophone and Grammy Awards.