LEO - Dalla morte alla vita di S. Maria Maddalena - Bongiovanni Musica

LEO - Dalla morte alla vita di S. Maria Maddalena

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Agata Bienkowska, Gianluca Pasolini, Giuseppe Naviglio, Enrico Torre, Aurelio Schiavoni, Carlo Torriani, Paolo Lopez

Orchestra Barocca La Confraternita de' Musici; Cosimo Prontera


This recording brings to a fitting conclusion a long process of research, study and performance of a hitherto lost and forgotten 18th century musical work from Italy. Leonardo Leo was one of the greatest masters of the so-called Neapolitan School, and had a major impact on music teaching in Europe. Already a fully-fledged composer, in 1722 the young Leo set to music the sacred work Dalla morte alla vita di Santa Maria Maddalena eremita on commission from the town council of Atrani, a small attractive coastal location near Amalfi, to celebrate the patron saint Mary Magdalen. After this performance the work was never mentioned again and all catalogues of Leonardo Leo’s output stated that the manuscript score was lost. In fact, a copy of it had travelled to southern France and reappeared in 2009 in a Paris bookshop.