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Pergolesi's
'La Salustia' -
reviewed by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... much memorable singing ...'

Pergolesi: La Salustia - Accademia Barocca de I Virtuosi Italiani. © 2013 Arthaus Musik GmbH

It is never easy to decide whether operatic history is more entertaining than reality. In this particular case opera is the loser, despite the precocious skill of the youthful Pergolesi. Sallustia was indeed wife to Alexander Severus, but so loathed by the jealous mother-in-law Julia Mamaea that she was driven from the palace and exiled to Libya. The ex-empress's father attempted some sort of coup, but was executed for rebellion...

Copyright © 1 June 2013 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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PERGOLESI: LA SALUSTIA

GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI

ARTHAUS MUSIK GMBH

OPERA SERIA

ITALY

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