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Fede E Amor

Fux / Potter / Ensemble La Fontaine / Cristobal
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Ramee   Catalog #: 1304   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Joseph FuxMarco Antonio ZianiAntonio CaldaraIgnazio M. Conti,   ... 
Performer:  Catherine MotuzAlex [Countertenor Vocal] PotterSimen Van Mechelen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording explores some of the lesser-known music from eighteenth-century Vienna tha combines solo voice with virtuoso trombones. During the first half of that century, the city's musical life experienced an unprecedented blossoming. The Habsburg Emperors aimed to turn Vienna into a truly magnificent capital for the Holy Roman Empire and used visual art architecture, liturgy, court ceremony and, above all, music to help achieve this. The Habsburg rulers Leopold I (1658-1705), Joseph I 1705-1711) and Charles VI (1711-1740) took the "Holy" part of their title very seriously and paid for a huge amount of elaborate sacred music to be performed on a regular basis by court musicians, a major element of which was the performance of Read more large-scale Oratorios in the Imperial Chapel. Many of the arias presented on this CD are drawn from that repertoire. The music, much of it recorded here for the first time, is by established composers such as Caldara and Fux as well as lesser-known figures like Ziani, Porsile, Tuma and Casati. Alongside countertenor voice and trombones, the ensemble also includes bassoon, violins and continuo, thereby creating an attractive variation of colour and timbre throughout the recording. This is a disc which promises to surprise and delight as it brings to life unjustly neglected gems from a fascinating time. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Jesu Christo nell'orto: Aria. Dal limbo già ti chiama by Johann Joseph Fux
Performer:  Catherine Motuz (), Alex [Countertenor Vocal] Potter ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1718 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Alma Redemptoris Mater, for voice, strings & organ by Marco Antonio Ziani
Performer:  Alex [Countertenor Vocal] Potter (), Simen Van Mechelen (), Catherine Motuz ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Joaz: Aria. Così a fiume by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Alex [Countertenor Vocal] Potter (), Catherine Motuz ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in A minor, K 365 by Johann Joseph Fux
Performer:  Catherine Motuz ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
La Distruzione d'Haj: Aria. Se potesse la mia mente by Ignazio M. Conti
Performer:  Alex [Countertenor Vocal] Potter ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
6.
Sonata a 5, for 2 violins, 2 trombones & continuo in E minor, Vogg-V. 6 by Franz Ignaz Anton Tuma
Performer:  Simen Van Mechelen (), Catherine Motuz ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7.
Morte e sepoltura di Christo: Recitative and Aria. Languire, morire by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Simen Van Mechelen (), Alex [Countertenor Vocal] Potter ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
8.
Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in D minor, K 379 by Johann Joseph Fux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
9.
Il Trionfo di Giuditta: Recitative and Aria. La sovrana eterna mente by Giuseppe Porsile
Performer:  Alex [Countertenor Vocal] Potter (), Simen Van Mechelen ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
Il David perseguitato da Saul: Aria. Fuggo d'una in altra selva by Francesco B. Conti
Performer:  Alex [Countertenor Vocal] Potter (), Simen Van Mechelen ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
11.
Sonata à 3, for 2 violins, trombone & continuo, E 68 by Johann Joseph Fux
Performer:  Simen Van Mechelen ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
12.
Salve Regina, for alto, 2 trombones & continuo by Pietro Casati
Performer:  Catherine Motuz (), Alex [Countertenor Vocal] Potter (), Simen Van Mechelen ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Fontaine
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cristo nell'orto, K. 296: Dal limbo gia ti chiama
Alma redemptoris mater
Sonata a 3 in D Minor, E 68
Joaz: Cosi a fiume
Sonata a 3 in A Minor, K. 365
La destruzione d'Hai: Se potesse la mia mente
Sonata for 2 Violins and 2 Trombones in E Minor: Sonata for 2 violins and 2 trombones in E Minor
Morte e sepoltura di Cristo: Recitative and Aria: Languire, morire
Sonata a 3 in D Minor, K. 379
Il trionfo di Giuditta: Recitative and Aria: La sovrana eterna mente
Salve Regina
Il David persequitato da Saul: Aria: Fuggo d'una in altra selva

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