OP0544. LA DAFNE (Marco da Gagliano), recorded 1995, w. Gabriel Garrido Cond. Ensemble Elyma; Pietro Valguanerea, Robertto Invernizzi, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Adriana Fernandez, Jordi Ricart, etc . (France) K617 617058, Handsome slipcase Edition w.Elaborate 52pp. Libretto-Brochure in Italian & Frendh. The French label K617 was launched in 1990 and has issued numerous recordings, many of which have received important awards such as Diapason d’Or de l’année, RTL d’Or, ffff Télérama, Fondation Cini à Venise. Its ‘Pathways of the Baroque’ series explores forgotten treasures of the European and Latin American Baroque. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 3383510000584
“Named for the village outside of Florence from which he hailed, Marco da Gagliano was expected to take holy orders and thus received his early training with a religious confraternity, later with Luca Bati. In 1602, he was engaged as an instructor of singing at San Lorenzo, but in 1607 found himself at the court of Mantua, where he wrote his version of Dafne, which was staged that same year along with Monteverdi’s ORFEO. In 1609 he returned to Florence as maestro di capella at the Compagnia dell’Arcangelo Rafaello where he had trained in his youth, and shortly thereafter he assumed the position held earlier by his teacher Bati, maestro di capella at the Medici court.
Gagliano is noted principally for his version of LA DAFNE, based mostly on the libretto by Rinuccini that Peri and Corsi had used for their version of the opera of 1597. Gagliano’s position among the Medici meant he was noteworthy and influential in his own day, collaborating on a number of operas following DAFNE with composers such as Peri and Francesca Caccini, daughter of Giulio. He wrote a large quantity of religious music which, along with his half dozen books of madrigals, are considered traditional prima pratica works. His operas and a book of musiche published in 1615, on the other hand, are fashioned in the more progressive style of Florence and the Camerata.
Like Euridice, Rinuccini’s Dafne unfolds over six scenes in a single act, after opening with a strophic prologue sung by Ovid, the ancient Roman author of Metamorphoses from which the story is taken.”
- Donald Livingston, 14 June, 2019
“Gabriel Garrido is an Argentinian conductor specialising in Italian baroque and the recovery of the baroque musical heritage of Latin America.
Garrido was born 1950 in Buenos Aires, and at the age of 17 with the Argentine recorder quartet, Pro Arte, undertaking two tours in Europe. He studied music at University of La Plata, in Zürich, and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, specialising in the lute, baroque guitar and reed instruments of the Renaissance. He became a member of the Ensemble Ricercare and Jordi Savall's Hesperion XX, with whom he made several recordings. From 1977 he was a teacher at the Centre de Musique Ancienne at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, where in 1981 he founded Ensemble Elyma a performance and research ensemble. He has a long working relationship with the Studio di Musica Antica Antonio Il Verso of Palermo.
In 1992 Garrido commenced recording the key early recordings in the series Les Chemins du Baroque for the French label K617, which brought significant critic acclaim. UNESCO's International Music Council (IMC) invited Garrido to organize workshops, conferences, and concerts in an international symposium dedicated to the Latin American baroque, at Bariloche, Argentina, situated in the foothills of the Andes, for which UNESCO awarded him its ‘Mozart Medal’."