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Paisiello: Passione Di Gesù Cristo / Fasolis, Dordolo, Et Al


Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777257   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  José FardilhaAlla SimoniLuca DordoloRoberta Invernizzi
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swiss Radio ChorusI Barocchisti
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PAISIELLO La passione di Gesù Cristo Diego Fasolis, cond; Roberta Invernizzi ( Pietro ); Alla Simoni ( Maddalena ); Luca Dordolo ( Giovanni ); José Fardilha ( Giuseppe d’Arimatea ); I Barocchisti; Swiss R Ch cpo 777 257 (2 CDs: 96:03 Text and Translation)
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Well traveled and skillfully epigrammatic, Giovanni Paisiello had an affection for the texts of the Italian court poet Metastasio, whose given name of Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi could serve as the basis for four characters in a romping family comedy. Himself a rascally, spiritual, secularist, Paisiello was one interesting blend of a man, someone whom I’d venture would have been fine company for a bumper of wine. These days, what credit he gets as a composer tends to center on how Mozart, in his early years, was moved by Paisiello’s Neapolitan creations, with their skillful restraint and judicious coloratura, later finding at least part of his inspiration for Le nozze di Figaro in Paisiello’s version of Il barbiere di Siviglia . A born careerist, Paisiello made his way from Sicily to Russia and back again, in search of his next windfall and comfortable post, running out on Catherine the Great at one point—with a year’s worth of future wages in his pocket—and double-dealing King Ferdinand IV back in Naples. If ever a composer deserved to be the subject of a picaresque novella, it was Paisiello, who also—as you will hear with this set—was a master of shearing the musically inessential from what was paramount to a piece’s success and its identity as a cohesive balance of text and setting. And while his name may sound like the conflation of some blood-borne disease and a comic book villain, Metastasio was often as not the court poet one turned to if you were a composer of Paisiello’s generation—and the generation before, in fact, given Metastasio’s especially lengthy life by the standards of the time. Having approached him early in his career in the aim of having a text written to order, Paisiello was rebuffed, but in 1783 decided that with Metastasio’s quasi-liturgical text there for the taking, why not have a go?


Beginning with a string movement that proceeds through a series of bellows—as though delicate answers to delicately posed questions—Diego Fasolis establishes a mood of reflection, which is quickly doubled by the sopranos and their hushed, halting, but clearly inquisitive and open, vocal introductions. You know the cast of characters by now: Mary Magdalene, a chorus of disciples, John and Peter as both initiates and servants of arguably history’s most important philosopher. The piece, intriguingly, has the feel of a secular work, in opposition to the arch religiosity that typically accompanies this kind of undertaking, and that I think even the most dogmatically minded must regard as oppressive. Ornamentation without representation, if you want to throw some Colonial symbolism into the mix, more the music of angels than the common man and where he might see himself in the work. No such worries with Paisiello, nor this presentation of his Passione , which pulses with energy and an intimation that adventure is afoot. Additional delights—a flute embellishing the lightest violin stirrings, for example—reveal themselves with each listen, almost as much as a tribute to the sound quality as the playing itself. Anyone interested in branching out to hear another Passione that perhaps affords more insight into Paisiello the composer and his various identities than it does into this given work, should hunt down Arts Music’s version with the Warsaw Symphony and Wojciech Czepiel conducting. You might see it as pan-Neopolitanism with Slavic attributes.


FANFARE: Colin Fleming
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Works on This Recording

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La passione di Gesù Cristo by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  José Fardilha (Baritone), Alla Simoni (Soprano), Luca Dordolo (Tenor),
Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swiss Radio Chorus,  I Barocchisti
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Italy 
Venue:  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 96 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (08/13/2001 - 08/15/2001) 

Sound Samples

La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Introduction: Recitative: Dove son? Dove Corro? (Pietro)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Aria: Giacche mi tremi in seno, esci dagli occhi, almeno (Pietro)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Quanto costa il tuo delitto, sconsigliata umanita! (Chorus)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Recitative: Ma qual dolente stuolo s'appressa a me? (Pietro)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Trio: All'idea di quelle pene, che il tuo Dio per te sostiene (Maddalena, Giovanni, Giuseppe)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Recitative: Maddalene, Giovanni, Giuseppe, amici: il mio Gesu respira? (Pietro)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Quanto costa il tuo delitto, sconsigliata umanita! (Chorus)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Aria: Vorrei dirti mio dolore, ma dal labbro i mesti accenti (Maddalena)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Recitative: Oh piu di no felice, Pietro, che non mirasti (Giovanni, Giuseppe)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Aria: Torbido mar che freme, alle querele, a voti (Giuseppe)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Recitative: Oh barbari! Oh crudeli! (Pietro, Maddalena, Giovanni)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Aria: Come, a vista di pene si fiere (Giovanni)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Recitative: E la Madre frattanto, in mezzo all'empie squadre, Giovann, che facae? (Pietro, Giovanni, Maddalena)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Aria: Potea quel pianto, dovea quel sangue nel cor piu barbaro (Maddalena)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Recitative: Come invetor potea pena maggior la crudeltade ebrea? (Pietro, Giuseppe, Giovanni)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Aria: Tu nel duol felice sei (Pietro)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Recitative: Dopo un pegno si grande d'amore e di pieta, pensa qual fosse (Giovanni)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Duet: Vi sento, oh Dio, vi sento, rimproveri penosi (Pietro, Maddalena)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part I: Di qual sangue, o mortale, oggi fa d'uopo (Chorus)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Recitative: Ed insepolto ancora e l'estinto Signor? (Pietro, Giuseppe, Maddalene, Giovanni)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Aria: Ritornera fra voi, non fra le palme accolto (Giovanni)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Recitative: Qual terribil vendetta sovrasta a te (Giuseppe)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Aria: All'idea de' tuoi perigli, all'orror de' mali immensi (Giuseppe)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Recitative: Le minacce non teme il popolo infedel, perche di Dio (Pietro)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Aria: Se la pupilla inferma non puo fissarsi al sole (Pietro)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Recitative: Pur dovrebbe in tal giorno (Maddalena, Giovanni)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Aria: Dovunque il guardo giro, immenso Dio ti vedo (Giovanni)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Recitative: Giovanni, anch'io lo so: per tutto e Dio (Maddalena)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Aria: A' passi erranti dubbio e il sentiero (Maddalena)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Recitative: Non senza guida, o Maddalena, e soli (Pietro)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Aria: Se a librarsi in mezzo all'onde incomincia il franciulletto (Pieto)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Recitative: Ah, dal felice marmo presto risorga! (Maddalena, Giovanni, Guiseppe, Pietro)
La passione di Gesu Cristo: Part II: Santa Speme, tu sei ministra all'alme nostre (Chorus)

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