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Caldara: The Card Game / Julianne Baird, Et Al


Release Date: 09/28/2004 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 705   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Patrice DjerejianJulianne BairdLaura H. HeimesElaine Comparone,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Alltop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Queen's Chamber Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A charming one-act chamber opera. Performed with historical accuracy. Antonio Caldera composed during the most flourishing period of the Baroque. While his contemporaries - Handel, Bach, Scarlatti and Vivaldi - are today held in higher esteem, in his own day, Caldera's vocal output was much celebrated. 18th century music critic Charles Burney called him “one of the greatest professors both for the Church and the stage that Italy can boast,” and rated Caldera second only to Handel for his vocal writing. He was born in Venice to musical parents. He was a working musician from an early age as both contralto chorister and cellist at St. Mark's in Venice, at the same time composing vocal music. He continued to draw a salary (with pay raises) Read more until nearly the age of 30 as a contralto at the basilica. It was the custom of the 18th century for wealthy patrons to subsidize composers. The pragmatic Caldera always played his cards wisely and always had work. For the final twenty years of his life, Caldera maintained a comfortable position at the Viennese court where he produced an immense operatic and oratorio output. The court feats included operatic productions commemorating the birthdays and name days of the royal family. The Emperor himself studied keyboard and conducting with Caldera, and his two daughters sang on these occasions as well. In the summer of 1734, Caldera celebrated the Empress' birthday with a charming operatic gem Il giuoco del Quadriglio (The Card Game), for which the composer provided roles for the young archduchess and for his own wife Caterina. This work offers each of the four female vocalists her own da capo solo turn. It is scored for strings and continuo with the delightful and unexpected appearance of flute and lute and then a final happy ending quartet for everyone.

Julianne Baird, Patrice Djerejian, Laura Heimes, Judith Pannill
The Queen's Chamber Band, Elaine Comparone, harpsichord, Stephen Alltop, conductor
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Works on This Recording

1. Il giuoco del quadriglio by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Patrice Djerejian (Alto), Julianne Baird (Soprano), Laura H. Heimes (Soprano),
Elaine Comparone (Harpsichord), Judith Pannill (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Alltop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Queen's Chamber Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734; Italy 
2. Sonatas (12) da camera, Op. 2: no 2 in G minor by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Elaine Comparone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stephen Alltop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Queen's Chamber Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1699; Venice, Italy 
3. Lungi dal' idol mio by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Elaine Comparone (Harpsichord), Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Alltop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Queen's Chamber Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708; Italy 
4. Vicino a un rivoletto by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Elaine Comparone (Harpsichord), Patrice Djerejian (Alto)
Conductor:  Stephen Alltop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Queen's Chamber Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Il giuoco di quadriglio: Introduction
Il giuoco di quadriglio: Recitative: Da che giuoco al Quadriglio (Ottavia, Camilla, Livia, Clarice)
Il giuoco di quadriglio: Aria: Ah, se toccasse a me (Clarice)
Il giuoco di quadriglio: Recitative: I soliti lamenti (Livia, Camilla, Ottavia)
Il giuoco di quadriglio: Aria: Maledetto la disdetta (Ottavia)
Il giuoco di quadriglio: Recitative: Cosa volete far? Ci vuol pazienza. Son carte! (Clarice, Ottavia, Camilla, Livia)
Il giuoco di quadriglio: Aria: Che giuoco felice che perde Clarice (Livia)
Il giuoco di quadriglio: Recitative: Gia voi le cose serie la ponete in derisione (Camilla, Ottavia)
Il giuoco di quadriglio: Aria: Io vi leggo nel pensiero (Camilla)
Il giuoco di quadriglio: Recitative: O via la lezione! (Livia, Clarice, Ottavia, Camilla)
Il giuoco di quadriglio: Finale: Balliam tutte quante, cha ancor la Morale (Clarice, Ottavia, Camilla, Livia)
Suonate da camera in G minor, Op. 2, No. 2: I. Alemanda
Suonate da camera in G minor, Op. 2, No. 2: II. Corrente
Suonate da camera in G minor, Op. 2, No. 2: III. Giga
Suonate da camera in G minor, Op. 2, No. 2: IV. Gavotta
Lungi dal' idol mio: Recitative: Lungi dal'idol mio, fra mille e mille pene (Soprano)
Lungi dal' idol mio: Aria: Piangi, misero cor, il sospirato amor (Soprano)
Lungi dal' idol mio: Recitative: Ah, ben previde il cor, ch'a darmi pene (Soprano)
Lungi dal' idol mio: Aria: Darvi un guardo solo (Soprano)
Vicino a un rivoletto: Recitative: ove conuta e onda (Contralto)
Vicino a un rivoletto: Aria: Zeffiretto amoresetto che scherzando vai vessoso con l'augello (Contralto)
Vicino a un rivoletto: Recitative: Ma, o Ciel, che insin le piante, e l'erbe i fiori (Contralto)
Vicino a un rivoletto: Aria: Aime, sento il mio core (Contralto)

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