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Fede e Amor - Baroque music with trombones at the Imperial Court in Vienna / Alex Potter (countertenor); Chaterine Motuz & Simen Van Mechelen (Trombones)

Album Summary

>Fux, Johann Joseph : Jesu Christo nell'orto
>Ziani, Marco Antonio : Alma Redemptoris Mater, for voice, strings & organ
>Fux, Johann Joseph : Sonata a 3, for 2 violins, trombone & continuo, E 68
>Caldara, Antonio : Joaz
>Fux, Johann Joseph : Sonata a 3 in A minor, K365
>Conti, Ignazio M. : La Distruzione d'Haj
>Tuma, Frantisek Ignác Antonín : Sonata a 5, for 2 violins, 2 trombones & continuo in E minor, Vogg-V. 6
>Caldara, Antonio : Morte e sepoltura di Christo
>Fux, Johann Joseph : Sonata a 3 in D minor, K379
>Porsile, Giuseppe : Il Trionfo di Giuditta
>Casati, Pietro : Salve Regina, for alto, 2 trombones & continuo
>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Il David perseguitato da Saul
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording explores some of the lesser-known music from 18th-century Vienna that combines solo voice with virtuoso trombones. Many of the arias presented on this CD are drawn from the large-scale oratorios performed in the Imperial Chapel. The music, much of it recorded here for the first time, is by established composers such as Caldara and Fux as well as lesser-known figures like Ziani, Porsile, Tuma and Casati. Alongside countertenor voice and trombones, the ensemble also includes bassoon, violins and continuo, thereby creating an attractive variation of color and timbre throughout the recording.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
This is a most illuminating look into the Viennese court's musical life during a century presided over by four Hapsburg emperors who were ardent patrons of music and even participants themselves as composers. An interesting program, then, to enjoy and ponder. Very thorough notes on the selections, as well as full vocal texts and translations, are in the booklet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beuggen Castle, Rheinfelden, Germany (10/2012).



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>Fux, Johann Joseph : Jesu Christo nell'orto :: Aria. Dal limbo già ti chiama
  • Performers: Catherine Motuz; Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1718

>Ziani, Marco Antonio : Alma Redemptoris Mater, for voice, strings & organ
  • Performers: Simen Mechelen (Trombone); Catherine Motuz; Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Fux, Johann Joseph : Sonata à 3, for 2 violins, trombone & continuo, E 68
  • Performer: Simen Mechelen (Trombone)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Caldara, Antonio : Joaz :: Aria. Così a fiume
  • Performers: Catherine Motuz; Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Fux, Johann Joseph : Sonata a 3 in A minor, K365
  • Performer: Catherine Motuz
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Conti, Ignazio M. : La Distruzione d'Haj :: Aria. Se potesse la mia mente
  • Performer: Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 9 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Frantisek Ignác Antonín Tuma (1704 - 1774) : Sonata a 5, for 2 violins, 2 trombones & continuo in E minor, Vogg-V. 6
  • Performers: Simen Mechelen (Trombone); Catherine Motuz
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1742

>Caldara, Antonio : Morte e sepoltura di Christo :: Recitative and Aria. Languire, morire
  • Performers: Simen Mechelen (Trombone); Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Fux, Johann Joseph : Sonata a 3 in D minor, K379
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Porsile, Giuseppe : Il Trionfo di Giuditta :: Recitative and Aria. La sovrana eterna mente
  • Performers: Simen Mechelen (Trombone); Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Casati, Pietro : Salve Regina, for alto, 2 trombones & continuo
  • Performers: Simen Mechelen (Trombone); Catherine Motuz; Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Il David perseguitato da Saul :: Aria. Fuggo d'una in altra selva
  • Performers: Simen Mechelen (Trombone); Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble La Fontaine
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio