Caldara in Vienna: Forgotten Castrato Arias / Jaroussky

Audio Samples

>Caldara, Antonio : L'Olimpiade
>     Aria. Lo seguitai felice
>     Aria. Mentre dormi amor fomenti
>Caldara, Antonio : Demofoonte
>     Aria. Misero pargoletto
>Caldara, Antonio : La Clemenza di Tito
>     Recitativo. Numi assistenza
>     Aria. Opprimete i contumaci
>     Aria. Se mai senti spirarti sul volto
>Caldara, Antonio : Temistocle
>     Aria. Non tremar, vassallo indegno
>     Aria. Contrasto assai piú degno
>Caldara, Antonio : Scipione Nelle Spagne
>     Aria. O mi rendi il bel ch'io spero
>Caldara, Antonio : Ifigenia in Aulide
>     Aria. Tutto fa nocchiero esperto
>Caldara, Antonio : Adriano in Siria
>     Aria. Tutti nemiei e rei
>Caldara, Antonio : Lucio Papirio Dittatore
>     Recitativo. Son io Fabio?
>     Aria. Troppo è insoffribile fiero martir
>Caldara, Antonio : Enone
>     Aria. Vado, o sposa
>Caldara, Antonio : Achille in Sciro
>     Aria & Coro. Se un core annodi

Album Summary

>Caldara, Antonio : L'Olimpiade
>Caldara, Antonio : Demofoonte
>Caldara, Antonio : La Clemenza di Tito
>Caldara, Antonio : Temistocle
>Caldara, Antonio : Scipione Nelle Spagne
>Caldara, Antonio : Ifigenia in Aulide
>Caldara, Antonio : Adriano in Siria
>Caldara, Antonio : Lucio Papirio Dittatore
>Caldara, Antonio : Enone
>Caldara, Antonio : Achille in Sciro
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Virgin Classics is proud to release the deluxe edition of Philippe Jaroussky’s critically acclaimed release 'Caldara: Opera Arias'. This exclusive deluxe edition contains a 100-page hardcover booklet that includes Jaroussky’s notes from his own musicology research for the album. Jaroussky notes, “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.” 'Caldara: Opera Arias' is Jaroussky’s eighth solo album for Virgin Classics and his second recital to be conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm. In this program, Jaroussky revives a number of forgotten works by 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.

"L'olimpiade - Lo seguitai felice; Mentre dormi amor fomenti. Demofoonte - Misero pargoletto. La clemenza di Tito - Numi assistenza...Opprimete i contumaci; Se mai senti spirarti sul volto. Temistocle - Non tremar vassallo indegno; Contrasto assai più degno. Scipione nelle Spagne - O mi rendi il bel ch'io spero. Ifigenia in Aulide - Tutto fa nocchiero esperto. Adriano in Siria - Tutti nemici e rei. Lucio Papirio dittatore - Son io Fabio?...Troppo è insoffribile fiero martir. Enone - Vado, o sposa. Achille in Sciro - Se un core annodi

Caldara's music deserves to be much better known - and this disc will help!

Antonio Caldara, born in Venice around 1670, served as maestro di cappella in both Mantua and Rome. From 1716 until his death in 1736 he was vice-Kapellmeister at the Habsburg court in Vienna, where he was a favourite of the Emperor Charles VI, himself a skilled musician. Caldara's output, sacred and secular, was prodigious: during his years in Vienna he composed around 40 operas or small-scale dramatic pieces for the Carnival season and for the imperial family's birthdays and name-days.

Writers on Caldara tend to the view that his operas for Vienna are formulaic - perhaps on account of the pressure he was under - compared to his earlier works. This might be so: certainly, two "rage" arias here - "Non tremar" and "O mi rendi" have much in common, such as vigorous string parts and roulades for the voice. But much is striking, albeit not strikingly dramatic. Nine arias are to texts by Metastasio. Two are from La clemenza di Tito: "Opprimete i contumaci" is marked by an obsessive violin figure, while "Se mai senti" - which Mazzolà rewrote and recast for Mozart - has an unusually extensive and touching ritornello. "Mentre dormi" is a charming lullaby, scored for two recorders. The librettist of the remaining arias was Apostolo Zeno, Metastasio's predecessor as Caesarean Poet. "Tutto fa nocchiero esperto" is surprisingly gentle, considering the storm-at-sea metaphor, with an almost Bachian violin obbligato, affectingly played by Markus Hoffmann.

If I've concentrated on the accompaniments, it's because Caldara's scoring is so rich. Philippe Jaroussky, a male soprano rather than a countertenor, brings this obscure repertoire to life: seamless legato, fluent runs and - unlike some of his confrères - no cause for alarm above the stave. A fine follow-up to Jaroussky's "Carestini - The Story of a Castrato" (3/08). "-Grammophon

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010).



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Works Details

>Caldara, Antonio : L'Olimpiade :: Aria. Lo seguitai felice
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Caldara, Antonio : Demofoonte :: Aria. Misero pargoletto
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Caldara, Antonio : La Clemenza di Tito :: Recitativo. Numi assistenza
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1734

>Caldara, Antonio : La Clemenza di Tito :: Aria. Opprimete i contumaci
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1734

>Caldara, Antonio : L'Olimpiade :: Aria. Mentre dormi amor fomenti
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Caldara, Antonio : Temistocle :: Aria. Non tremar, vassallo indegno
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736

>Caldara, Antonio : La Clemenza di Tito :: Aria. Se mai senti spirarti sul volto
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1734

>Caldara, Antonio : Scipione Nelle Spagne :: Aria. O mi rendi il bel ch'io spero
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722

>Caldara, Antonio : Ifigenia in Aulide :: Aria. Tutto fa nocchiero esperto
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1718

>Caldara, Antonio : Adriano in Siria :: Aria. Tutti nemiei e rei
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Caldara, Antonio : Lucio Papirio Dittatore :: Recitativo. Son io Fabio?
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1719

>Caldara, Antonio : Lucio Papirio Dittatore :: Aria. Troppo è insoffribile fiero martir
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1719

>Caldara, Antonio : Temistocle :: Aria. Contrasto assai piú degno
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736

>Caldara, Antonio : Enone :: Aria. Vado, o sposa
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1730

>Caldara, Antonio : Achille in Sciro :: Aria & Coro. Se un core annodi
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Paterskirche, Kempen, Germany (07/12/2010-07/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736