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 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.
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