Time travel to Naples 1725
Maurice Stegers new CD „Una Follia di Napoli“ takes you to Naples in the year of 1725.
Let’s visit Naples during that year. The city was the largest one in Europe at that time and attracted travellers from all Europe, especially artists and scientists. In 1725 the neapolitan philosopher Giambattista Vico published his book “Principi di Scienza Nuova”, a book that had a great influence on the whole philosophy of history. The musical and cultural life was in full bloom. 1725 was a “holy year” – Pope Benedict the XIII (Orsini), a born Neapolitan, just had started his reign, and in the whole of Naples people were in a celebratory mood.
Since 1722 Cardinal Althann was the Austrian Viceroy for Naples. And although he was a true Man of the Church, he also very much supported the Opera and made sure that both “Opera Seria” and “Opera Buffa” were performed in all three Opera Houses of the city.
Since the beginning of the 17th century the four conservatories of Naples trained a large number of composers and musicians. They then spread the fame of the neapolitan music in the whole of Europe and attracted many travelers who came to this important city to partake in it’s various pleasures.
Also in the year 1725, an important manuscript for recorder was published: „24 Concerti per Flauto, due violini e basso continuo“ with works of various composers. They are the foundation of Maurice Stegers recording «Una Follia di Napoli»