Mozart: La Betulia Liberata, oratorio / Angela Bucci, Pamela Luciarini, Caterina Patrizia Vaccari, Elena Biscuola

Notes & Reviews:

Mozart wrote this oratorio, his only one, in his mid- teens, and his genius was immediately evident in the dramatic choruses, moving arias and instrumental brilliance of this early masterwork. This is the only modern recording available as a single issue and includes an excellent lineup of soloists and Italian orchestral forces and conductor.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
La Betulia Liberata tells the biblical Judith story, and regardless of its designation as an "azione sacra", it's operatic in all. Much of what we hear along the way is mildly appealing: the elaborate coloratura aria for Ozias that opens Part 1, Judith's bravura 'Parto Inerme', Amital's very florid 'Quel Nocchier' in Part 2, and Judith's lovely 'Prigionier che fa Ritorno', sung after she slays Holofernes.


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