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Caldara In Vienna - Forgotten Castrato Arias / Philippe Jaroussky


Release Date: 12/07/2010 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 41927   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With this new album, Philippe Jaroussky revives a number of forgotten works by a contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach, Handel and Vivaldi – the Venetian-born Antonio Caldara, who made his career in Mantua, Barcelona, Rome and, finally, Vienna. All the arias – several recorded for the very first time – come from operas with librettos by Metastasio (1698 –1782), whose noble texts defined the genre of opera seria. Both Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, first performed in 1791, and Caldara’s opera of the same name, first performed nearly 60 years previously, were settings of Metastasio, while the writer’s text for Caldara’s Demofoonte, first performed in 1733, went on to inspire more than 70 stage works, including operas by Gluck, Paisiello, Read more Piccinni, Graun and Cherubini.

As usual, Jaroussky has done his own musicological research for this album. "I’m always very curious and love to go to libraries. When you are in direct contact with manuscripts, it’s like you are touching history; it’s important for me to do the research myself, to be in direct contact with the material."

La dolce fiamma, also both a musicological and vocal tour de force, prompted The Guardian to affirm that: "You can't help but be seduced by the passion and range of Jaroussky's singing, which embraces everything from perfect coloratura to rapt introversion", while in the countertenor’s native France – where in 2010 he won his third award in the high-profile annual Victoires de la Musique – Diapason asked: “Can Philippe Jaroussky’s talent be praised any further? … His indomitable technique enables him to tackle the wildest vocalises, but also, thanks to his cultivated legato, to caress sinuous melodic curves. His even, wide-ranging voice charms from the first moment. There’s a touch of mystery, great gentleness, subtlety and sweetness – and the magic of singing does the rest."

This is Jaroussky’s eighth solo album for Virgin Classics and his second recital to be conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm. Their previous collaboration was on Carestini: The story of a castrato, released in late 2007, which, according to Gramophone found Jaroussky “in brilliant, ravishing voice," while BBC Music Magazine judged that: "This programme of operatic arias provides [Jaroussky] with a spacious shop-window to display both his pyrotechnical skill … and his ability to express tender, reflective emotions: the ravishing ‘Scherza, infida’ from Ariodante, is handled with yearning sensibility by singer and instrumentalists alike … In summary a rewarding recital, stylishly directed by Emmanuelle Haïm."
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Works on This Recording

1.
L'olimpiade: Lo seguitai felice by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733 
2.
Demofoonte: Misero pargoletto by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733 
3.
La clemenza di Tito: Numi assistenza...Opprimete i contumaci by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734 
4.
L'olimpiade: Mentre dormi Amor fomenti by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733 
5.
Il Temistocle: Non tremar vassallo indegno by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736 
6.
La clemenza di Tito: Se mai senti spirarti sul volto by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734 
7.
Scipione nelle Spagne: O mi rendi il bel ch'io spero by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722 
8.
Ifigenia in Aulide: Tutto fa nocchiero esperto by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1718 
9.
Adriano in Siria: Tutti nemici e rei by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732 
10.
Lucio Papirio dittatore: Son io Fabio...Troppo è insoffribile fiero martir by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1719 
11.
Il Temistocle: Contrasto assai più degno by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736 
12.
Enone: Vado o sposa by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734 
13.
Achille in Sciro: Se un core annodi by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736 

Sound Samples

L'Olimpiade - Aria: Lo seguitai felice
Demofoonte - Aria: Misero pargoletto
La clemenza di Tito - Recitativo: Numi assistenza
La clemenza di Tito - Aria: Opprimete i contumaci
L'Olimpiade - Aria: Mentre dormi amor fomenti (Licida)
Temistocle -Aria: Non tremar vassallo indegno
La clemenza di Tito - Aria: Se mai senti spirarti sul volto
Scipione nelle Spagne - Aria: Se mai senti spirarti sul volto
Ifigenia in Aulide - Aria: Tutto fa nocchiero
Adriano in Siria - Aria: Tutti nemici e rei
Lucio Papirio dittatore - Recitativo: Son io Fabio?
Lucio Pairio dittatore - Aria: Troppo è insoffribile fiero martir
Temistocle - Aria: Contrasto assai più degno
Enone - Aria: Vado, o sposa
Achille in Sciro

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