Notes and Editorial Reviews
Italian Baroque composer Antonio Caldara moved around for employment as musicians have done throughout history. Caldara worked in Mantua, where he became maestro di cappella to Charles IV, Duke of Mantua yet he moved when his French patron was expelled from Italy. He was later composer to Charles VI of Austria, who was the pretender to the Spanish throne and who kept a royal court at Barcelona. Whilst there Caldara introduced the Italian opera style to the Spanish, then he became maestro di cappella to Francesco Maria Marescotti Ruspoli, 1st Prince of Cerveteri in Rome. After composing works there, including the oratorio on this album, he moved to Vienna to serve the Imperial Court. Caldara composed many operas and oratorios, some of which
Religious conversion, heroism, political power and love are the themes is this dramatic and rarely heard work of Antonio Caldara composed in Rome in 1715. This oratorio is magnificent drama celebrating Clodoveo's conversion as well as conjugal love.
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The Nouvel Opera ensemble plays with fine rhythmic balance and well-judged tempos: violins imitate trumpets’ call to battle; recitatives and dialog are underlined effectively with varying instruments... The singers convey many emotions: San Remigio’s fervent and beautiful triple-meter aria ‘Se Mesta L’Alma’ on the contrasts between the hope-less and hope-filled soul, and Clodoveo’s earnest declaration to spill blood on the battlefield to compensate for Clotilde’s tears in ‘Rasserenatevi’ are just two examples... The Caldara discography is not large, and this is a welcome addition.
-- American Record Guide [9/1/2011]
The singers — sopranos Suzie LeBlanc and Nathalie Paulin, mezzo Allyson McHardy and counter-tenor Matthew White — are excellent, as are their period-instrument accompanists led by Alexander Weimann... This two-CD recording brims with gorgeous arias that prove why Antonio Caldara (1670-1736) was one of the most famous vocal composers of his day. It leaves us wanting more.
-- John Terauds, The Toronto Star [4/19/2011]
Works on This Recording
La conversione di Clodoveo rè di Francia by Antonio Caldara
Nathalie Paulin (Soprano),
Allyson McHardy (Mezzo Soprano),
Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano),
Matthew White (Countertenor)
Le Nouvel Opera
Written: by 1715; Italy
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