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Cavalli: La Calisto / Leppard, Baker, Bowman, Cotrubas, Trama

Release Date: 05/25/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 436216   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Pier Francesco Cavalli
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerMarjorie BiggarJames BowmanOwen Brannigan,   ... 
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraGlyndebourne Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  2 Hours  0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Accompanying booklet contains program notes with a synopsis by Raymond Leppard and a libretto with English translation by G. Dunn.

Cavalli’s prodigious, if neglected, output – he wrote more than 40 operas between 1639 and 1666 – owes much to the fact that he notated only the vocal line and bass, adding indications of sinfonias and orchestration rather than writing out the full score. This excellent recording, made at Glyndebourne in 1972, therefore owes much to Raymond Leppard whose recomposition it uses. As conductor, he also extracts compelling performances from his stellar cast. Janet Baker is a glorious and majestic Diana, James Bowman a sublime Endymion and Ileana Cotrubas a mellifluous Calisto. There are enchanting
Read more cameos from the veteran Swiss tenor Hugues Cuenod (then aged 70) in the drag role of the crude and crotchety nymph Linfea, Teresa Kubiak as a soaring and tormented Juno, and Janet Hughes deliciously ardent and earthy as the young satyr. But there is more to this recording than just impeccable singing. It is marvellously focused dramatically – however absurd this classical tale of jealousy, disguise and misadventure among the gods and nymphs, their passions run high and are absolutely credible in their intensity. With superb and urgent playing from the London Philharmonic, and bright, vivid and varied acoustic (the prologue was recorded in the Organ Room, rather than on the main stage, to achieve a more ethereal atmosphere), this is a heavenly recording both in its realisation and its subject.

-- Claire Wrathall, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Calisto by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo soprano), Marjorie Biggar (Mezzo soprano), James Bowman (Alto),
Owen Brannigan (Bass), Isla Brodie (Soprano), Teresa Cahill (Soprano),
Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano), Hugues Cuénod (Tenor), Federico Davià (Bass),
Peter Gottlieb (Baritone), Enid Hartle (Mezzo soprano), Janet Hughes (Soprano),
Teresa Kubiak (Soprano), Ugo Trama (Bass)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1652; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Organ Room, Glyndebo 
Notes: real. Leppard 

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