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Caldara: Morte e Sepoltura di Christo / Biondi, Stavanger Symphony

Caldara / Schiavo / Stavanger Sym Orch / Biondi
Release Date: 03/31/2015 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 923403   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio CaldaraJohann Joseph FuxAntonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anicio Zorzi GiustinianiMartina BelliUgo GuagliardoMaria Grazia Schiavo,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With Antonio Caldara’s 'Morte e sepoltura di Christo' Fabio Biondi returns to the Italian oratorio, one of his specialities. The Venetians Caldara and Vivaldi may have been contemporaries but their career paths led them in different directions, and Caldara was to spend much time working in Mantua and Rome before securing the position of vice-Kapellmeister for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI in Vienna.

For the last twenty years of his life Caldara produced copious quantities of oratorios (and operas), adding a rich sense of counterpoint and making use of the broad orchestral colouring offered by the varied instruments available to him at the Imperial court. Composed for the Lenten season in 1724, Morte e sepoltura follows
Read more the typical two-part scheme of the time, to a text comprising a series of reflections as from personages involved in some way in the events of the Passion of Christ. Notable is the profusion of solo arias with obliggato instrumental parts.

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REVIEW:

Biondi is a bold guide. Sensitive to Caldara's idioms, he treats counterpoint severely and arias fulsomely, letting us hear how Caldara generates contrasting moods. And Biondi himself plays solo violin interpolations with exquisite delicacy…[Schiavo's] aria 'Lasciami, eterno amante', with its delicately entwined vocal-chalumeau lines, alone makes this disc worth buying.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Morte e sepoltura di Cristo by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (Tenor), Martina Belli (Alto), Ugo Guagliardo (Bass),
Maria Grazia Schiavo (Soprano), Silvia Frigato (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; Italy 
2.
Sonata by Antonio Caldara
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
3.
Transfige, dulcissime Jesu by Antonio Caldara
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
4.
Sonata 4 al Santo Sepolcro in mi bemolle maggiore for string & basso continuo, RV130 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
5.
Sinfonia concertata by Antonio Caldara
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
6.
Sonata in G minor, K 347: Largo by Johann Joseph Fux
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
7.
Laboravi in gemitu meo by Antonio Caldara
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 The Fine Art of the ‘Sepolcri’ April 21, 2015 By Clifford H C. (Thompson, MB) See All My Reviews "Antonio Caldara 1670-1736 was an amazing bright light of the Baroque period. It is wonderful to see so much interest in his music in the past several years and I hope that it continues. That Caldara produced 43 Oratorio, 85 Operas, numerous cantatas and instrumental works is a remarkable accomplishment. An output to rival Telemann or Handel. Morte e sepoltura di Christo is a fine example of the ‘Sepolcri’ that were produced at the Catholic Courts at the time. While Lutherans had the passions, the Catholic Courts of Europe would entertain themselves with Oratorio’s or Sepolcri during Lent. These are a wonderful cross between the more sedate church music and opera. Usually based on meditations at the Christ’s grave, they could feature such wacky characters such as King David and Solomon from the Old Testament to the usual cast of characters. Caldara’s ‘Morte e sepoltura di Christo’ features Maria Maddalena, Mary mother of James, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and the Centurion. If you enjoy any of the Brockes-Passion, Handel’s-La Resurrezione or Baroque Opera’s, you will enjoy this work. Right from the beginning a solemn fervent mood is presented with Caldara’s motet ‘Laboravi in gemitu meo’ that is sustained throughout the entire first section of the Oratorio. Fabio Biondi and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra are in top form. This is the first time that I have heard this orchestra and look forward to hearing more from them. Both sopranos Maria Grazia Schiavo (Maria Maddalena) and Silvia Frigato (Mary mother of James) do an excellent job rendering some very difficult music. Maria’s first aria matched with low trombones has a haunting bone chilling sorrow. This is followed by Mary’s aria accompanied by beautiful violin work. The part of Joseph of Arimathea is played by Martina Belli. If here photo in the booklet is any indication, she is way too young for such a rich deep alto voice. She sings two extraordinary arias in the second act that deserve a standing ovation. Absolutely stunning range! Nicodemus, tenor Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani and Joseph sing wonderful duet in the first act matched to violent dissonant strings with dynamic continuo. Later in Act 2 Nicodemus sings a scornful aria full of virtuoso runs. The Centurion played by Bass Ugo Guagliardo has only two arias, but they are both showstoppers. They are a wonderful showcase for Guagliardo’s voice, but where he really shines is in the motets that open both acts. Recording quality is excellent as you would expect from Glossa and the booklet comes with English translations." Report Abuse
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