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Max Emanuel Cencic, Karsten Erik Ose, Ornamente 99 - Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas (2012)

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Max Emanuel Cencic, Karsten Erik Ose, Ornamente 99 - Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas (2012)

Max Emanuel Cencic, Karsten Erik Ose, Ornamente 99 - Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 912 Mb | Total time: 60:34+60:32+61:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C7142 | Recorded: 2003-2005

This series of Italian cantatas by three eminent contemporaries makes for refined and focused listening. Cencic…marries virtuosity with colour. The result is singing of great reach and range, in which verbal sensitivity and bravura execution are usually put at the service of the music.

Nathalie Stutzmann, Orfeo 55 - Contralto (2021)

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Nathalie Stutzmann, Orfeo 55 - Contralto (2021)

Nathalie Stutzmann, Orfeo 55 - Contralto (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 398 Mb | Total time: 80:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029520955 | Recorded: 2019

Contralto Nathalie Stutzmann shines a light on the deep-voiced female singers of the Baroque era, often overshadowed by the extravagant talents and reputations of castrato singers like Farinelli and Caffarelli. Her programme of Handel, Vivaldi, Porpora, Bononcini, Caldara and Gasparini displays the variety of operatic roles – both female and male – assumed by contraltos like Vittoria Tesi and Anna Marchesini. “We must remember that the opera composers of the early 18th century saw the female contralto and the male castrato as vocally interchangeable,” says Stutzmann, “and that the voice most closely resembling a castrato is not the countertenor – produced using a falsetto technique – but the contralto, which is a natural voice.” Stutzmann both sings and conducts Orfeo 55, the instrumental ensemble she founded a decade ago

Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)

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Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)

Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 918 Mb | Total time: 57:00+65:17+64:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.503041 | Recorded: 1995,1996

The Swedish trumpet-player Niklas Eklund, born in Göteborg (Gothenburg) in 1969, trained at the School of Music and Musicology of Göteborg University. Further studies took place under the tutelage of Edward H. Tarr at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. After five years as solo trumpet with the Basle Radio Symphony Orchestra, he left the orchestra in the autumn of 1996 to further his career as a soloist. Since then he has appeared with leading ensembles and conductors such as Zubin Metha, John Eliot Gardiner, Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Robert King, Eric Ericson, Reinhard Goebel, Gustav Leonhardt, the London Baroque, the Bach Ensemble (New York), the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble and the English Baroque Soloists.

Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti [5CDs] (2008)

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Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti [5CDs] (2008)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.44 Gb | Total time: 05:25:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 0946 3 95153 2 5 | Recorded: 1990-1998

The cantata, to some extent, is a development from the madrigal that appeared in Italy at the start of the seventeenth century. While the madrigal was refined and delicate, the cantata evolved because composers felt the need to introduce a dramatic narrative element into vocal chamber music and thusly the music took a lighter, wittier turn.
Scarlatti is considered as one if the initiators, and also one of the reformers of this genre, whose outlines he established. In his cantatas for a single solo voice and continuo, Scarlatti treats the latter as a true partner of the voice.

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge & Capella Agostino Steffani - Allegri: Miserere; Pergolesi & Caldara: Stabat Mater (1998)

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Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge & Capella Agostino Steffani - Allegri: Miserere; Pergolesi & Caldara: Stabat Mater (1998)

George Guest, The Choir of St John’s College, Lajos Rovatkay, Cambridge & Capella Agostino Steffani - Allegri: Miserere; Pergolesi & Caldara: Stabat Mater; Vivaldi: Sonata a quattro «Al santo sepolcro» (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 68:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 73020 2 | Recorded: 1991, 1994

Allegri's early Baroque masterpiece Miserere from around 1630 movingly juxtaposes modal chant with tonality, and was so popular that the Vatican refused to allow it to be performed anywhere else - until the 14 year old Mozart broke the Vatican's monopoly by writing it down from memory after attending a performance. Pergolesi's late Baroque masterpiece Stabat Mater for soprano and alto dates from 1736, the year of his death at the age of 26. It was originally written for male voices but since it's hard to find a castrato these days, it's generally performed by two women or by a female soprano and counter-tenor. This performance uses a female alto but in other respects it's very much a period performance - the sound is intimate and the tempos are lively without any sacrifice of spiritual depth.

La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

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La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)
La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler, violin & direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Avie Records | # AV2371 | Time: 01:16:22

The English, historical-instrument, Baroque ensemble La Serenissima (the term was a nickname for the city of Venice) has specialized in somewhat scholarly recordings that nevertheless retain considerable general appeal, and the group does it again with this release. The program offers some lesser-known composers, and some lesser-known pieces by famous composers like the tiny and fascinating Concerto alla rustica for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and continuo, RV 151. What ties the program together formally is that it covers a range of Italian cities that were becoming cultural centers as they declined in political power: not only Venice (Vivaldi, Albinoni, Caldara), but also Padua (Tartini), Bologna (Torelli), and Rome (Corelli). There are several works by composers known only for one or two big hits, and these are especially rewarding. Sample the opening movement of Tartini's Violin Concerto E major, DS 51, with its unusual phrase construction and daringly chromatic cadenza passage: it has the exotic quality for which Tartini became famous, but it does not rely on sheer virtuosity. That work is played by leader Adrian Chandler himself, but he also chooses pieces for a large variety of other solo instruments: the Italian Baroque was about more than the violin. Each work on the album has something to recommend it, and collectively the performances may make up the best album of 2017 whose booklet includes footnotes.

Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)

Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 71:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 475 7029 | Recorded: 2005

Cecilia Bartoli's new CD features a collection of music that could not be heard in her native Rome at the start of the 18th century due to Papal censorship. Theaters, the Church felt, were places of evil and corruption and operas led people to immorality. But some music-loving senior members of the priesthood asked composers to write oratorios and cantatas–indeed, operas without staging, essentially–for their own private entertainment. Call it what you will, the music is sensational–by turns virtuosic, gentle, and playful–and always expressive: just right, it seems, for Cecilia Bartoli's temperament. The opening aria on the CD, a call for peace in the name of Jesus, is, in fact, a dazzling martial air with trumpets blaring and the voice going through an amazing array of coloratura fireworks.

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D.Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

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George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D.Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D. Scarlatti, A. Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 141:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 443 868-2 | Recorded: 1966, 1973, 1977, 1978

This anthology of devotional music from 18th-century Venice and Naples offers an interesting and varied programme. Best known is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, but the settings by Domenico Scarlatti and Bononcini stand well in comparison. The motets by Lotti, Caldara and Alessandro Scarlatti are real discoveries; Norrington’s performances of the latter are particularly fine. Guest’s Pergolesi suffers from a focus of sound which makes the interpretation seem somewhat generalised. However, all these performances give pleasure, while the music is melodically fresh and rhythmically vital.

Philippe Jaroussky, Artaserse - La vanità del Mondo: Oratorio Arias (2020)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Artaserse - La vanità del Mondo: Oratorio Arias (2020)

Philippe Jaroussky, Artaserse - La vanità del Mondo: Oratorio Arias (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 356 Mb | Total time: 73:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029517929 | Recorded: 2020

Philippe Jaroussky brings his musical and dramatic powers to a programme of music from Italian oratorios of the baroque era, including five arias in world premiere recordings. La vanità del mondo, takes it's name from an oratorio by Pietro Torri and among the other composers are Händel, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Hasse, Fago and Caldara. "I think composers of this period often give of their best when setting the great stories of the Old Testament," says Jaroussky. "And if oratorio stories are more static than opera, they allow for deeper reflection on the place of mankind in the universe. I think that resonates with particular intensity in 2020, a year of pandemic."

Cecilia Bartoli - Queen of Baroque

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Cecilia Bartoli - Queen of Baroque

Cecilia Bartoli - Queen of Baroque (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 78:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 485 1275 | Recorded: 1991-2017

A collection of the very best of Bartoli's treasured recordings of musical delights and discoveries of the 17th and 18th century. Featuring two previously unreleased world premiere recordings of forgotten jewels by Leonardo Vinci and Agostino Steffani. With guest appearances from Philippe Jaroussky, June Anderson, Franco Fagioli and Sol Gabetta.

Jurgen Banholzer, La Gioia Armonica - Antonio Caldara: Cantate, Sonate ed Arie (2005)

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Jurgen Banholzer, La Gioia Armonica - Antonio Caldara: Cantate, Sonate ed Arie (2005)

Jürgen Banholzer, La Gioia Armonica - Antonio Caldara: Cantate, Sonate ed Arie (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 65:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ramée | # RAM 0405 | Recorded: 2004

The ensemble LA GIOIA ARMONICA was founded by Austrian dulcimer-player Margit Übellacker and German organist and singer Jürgen Banholzer. One of the ensemble's objectives is to explore the baroque repertoire for dulcimer, in particular in connection with the legendary pantaleon. The size of the group varies from dulcimer-organ duet to large chamber-music settings. The musicians are all specialised in historically-informed performance practices, and combine broad experience drawn from their involvement in various international ensembles.

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Antonio Caldara: XII Sinfonie a Quattro (2005)

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Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Antonio Caldara: XII Sinfonie a Quattro (2005)

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Antonio Caldara: XII Sinfonie a Quattro (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 73:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arcana | # A 324 | Recorded: 2003

The historical-instrument ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria under violinist/conductor Gunar Letzbor has specialized in neglected repertory of the eighteenth century, and few composers fit their aims better than Antonio Caldara, a Venetian trained in the grand tradition at St. Mark's cathedral. He had a distinguished career that took him to Mantua, (perhaps) to the then-Austrian court at Barcelona, to Rome, and finally to Vienna itself, where he became vice-kapellmeister under emperor Charles VI. As with other composers in this milieu, most of his production was vocal.

Yasunori Imamura, Fons Musicæ - Antonio Caldara: Cantate e Sonate (2003)

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Yasunori Imamura, Fons Musicæ - Antonio Caldara: Cantate e Sonate (2003)

Yasunori Imamura, Fons Musicæ - Antonio Caldara: Cantate e Sonate (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 414 Mb | Total time: 76:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pan Classics | # 10 139 | Recorded: 2001

Antonio Caldara is one of those composers from Italy whose career brought him to Vienna, where he composed and performed mainly oratorios. He started his career in Venice where he was born in 1670 and where he studied with Giovanni Legrenzi. Being an accomplished cellist he was probably a member of the orchestras of the opera houses in Venice. In the 1690's he published two collections of trio sonatas, which are following the example of Corelli. His first opus, published in Venice in 1693, was again published by Roger in Amsterdam in 1698, a sign of their popularity.

Dresdner Barockorchester ‎- Gloria Dresdensis: Hasse, Pisendel, Fasch, Brescianello, Handel (2014)

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Dresdner Barockorchester ‎- Gloria Dresdensis: Hasse, Pisendel, Fasch, Brescianello, Handel (2014)

Dresdner Barockorchester ‎- Gloria Dresdensis: Hasse, Pisendel, Fasch, Brescianello, Handel (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 70:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 782–2 | Recorded: 2012

Dresden was a music capital of European rank during the 17th-18th centuries. It was in Dresden that important composers and musicians of the time lived and worked. The Dresden Baroque Orchestra is committed to offering energetic, historically-informed interpretations on baroque instruments and to the rediscovery of forgotten works from the collection of the Dresden court chapel. This collection contains numerous works by composers famous and not, some 1800 manuscripts in all.

Giuseppe Nalin, Ensemble Barocco Padovano Sans Souci - Antonio Caldara: Cantate d'Amore (1996)

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Giuseppe Nalin, Ensemble Barocco Padovano Sans Souci - Antonio Caldara: Cantate d'Amore (1996)

Giuseppe Nalin, Ensemble Barocco Padovano Sans Souci - Antonio Caldara: Cantate d'Amore (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 64:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 166 | Recorded: 1996

Early in 1709 Antonio Caldara became maestro di cappella to the Marchese Francesco Maria Ruspoli in Rome. If the appointment brought new stability to his personal life, it also inspired him to remarkable creative effort. The two cantatas recorded here afford only a brief glimpse into a veritable musical treasure chest, the legacy of the seven years he held sway over an array of entertainments given by one of Rome's most lavish patrons of the arts.