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Stefano Landi: Il Sant' Alessio - Armand Gavrilidès (alto); Bernadette Charbonnier (violin); Bertrand Bontoux (bass); Cecile Eloir (soprano);...
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  1. Il Sant'Alessio, opera

Stefano Landi, who was Monteverdi's junior by about 20 years, was active in Rome, whereas Monteverdi was based in Venice. Landi spent two formative years in Venice, though, and absorbed the progressive musical ideas of Monteverdi and other seconda prattica composers. That contact would explain why Il Sant'Alessio (1632) sounds like a Monteverdi opera. Its expressive recitatives, melodically gratifying set pieces, mixture of serious and comic elements, and the complex psychology of its characters make it a piece that ...

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