CALDARA La concordia de' pianeti / Fagioli, Marcon

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ANTONIO CALDARA

La concordia de' pianeti
Daniel Behle · Veronica Cangemi
Ruxandra Donose · Franco Fagioli
Delphine Galou · Carlos Mena · Luca Tittoto
La Cetra
Andrea Marcon
Int. Release 13 Oct. 2014
2 CDs / Download
0289 479 3356 4 2 CDs DDD AH2
World-premiere recording
ARCHIV Produktion


Track List

CD 1: Caldara: La concordia de' pianeti

Antonio Caldara (1671 - 1736)
La concordia de' pianeti

La Concordia de' Pianeti

1.
3:55

La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Verónica Cangemi, Ruxandra Donose, Delphine Galou, Franco Fagioli, Carlos Mena, Daniel Behle, Luca Tittoto, La Cetra Vocalensemble Basel, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Delphine Galou, Daniel Behle, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Daniel Behle, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Verónica Cangemi, Delphine Galou, Daniel Behle, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Delphine Galou, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Verónica Cangemi, Ruxandra Donose, Delphine Galou, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Verónica Cangemi, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Ruxandra Donose, Luca Tittoto, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Luca Tittoto, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Verónica Cangemi, Delphine Galou, Franco Fagioli, Carlos Mena, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Carlos Mena, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Ruxandra Donose, Franco Fagioli, Daniel Behle, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Franco Fagioli, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Ruxandra Donose, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Verónica Cangemi, Ruxandra Donose, Delphine Galou, Daniel Behle, Luca Tittoto, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

La Cetra Vocalensemble Basel, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Total Playing Time 58:14

CD 2: Caldara: La concordia de' pianeti

Antonio Caldara (1671 - 1736)
La concordia de' pianeti

La Concordia de' Pianeti

Ruxandra Donose, Delphine Galou, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Delphine Galou, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Ruxandra Donose, Daniel Behle, Luca Tittoto, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Daniel Behle, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Verónica Cangemi, Ruxandra Donose, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Verónica Cangemi, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Franco Fagioli, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Delphine Galou, Carlos Mena, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Carlos Mena, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Luca Tittoto, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Verónica Cangemi, Ruxandra Donose, Delphine Galou, Franco Fagioli, Carlos Mena, Daniel Behle, Luca Tittoto, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Ruxandra Donose, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Verónica Cangemi, Ruxandra Donose, Delphine Galou, Franco Fagioli, Carlos Mena, Daniel Behle, Luca Tittoto, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

La Cetra Vocalensemble Basel, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Delphine Galou, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

La Cetra Vocalensemble Basel, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon

Total Playing Time 49:53

The work is full of colour, lightness and richness. This, plus a series of bravura arias. The original cast were clearly virtuosos and the singers here do not disappoint, all give finely poised and technically assured performances. There's not a great deal of characterisation, the soloists get simply to sing a couple of very striking arias and none of the soloists, Delphine Galou, Veronica Cangemi, Ruxandra Donose, Franco Fagioli, Carlos Mena, Daniel Behle and Luca Tittoto, disappoints but Fagioli's high counter-tenor is particularly impressive, singing a role written for a castrato in the mezzo-soprano range . . . Throughout the performance Marcon brings out an appealing vitality which draws the performer in. This is far more than a dutiful recreation, but a lively and engaging performance which should delight both for the virtuoso moments and for the engaging quality of the music making.

La Cetra's relaxed trumpet flourishes, nonchalant rhythmical inégales and timely thundering timpani during the Introduzione instantly establish the attractiveness of Caldara's music. Daniel Behle navigates the tricky lines of Mercury's animated "Tal se gemma e rara e bella" with composure, and Veronica Cangemi is on fine form in Diana's "Ad essa io cederò" . . . Franco Fagioli's firm projective technique is displayed in Apollo's "Questo di cosi giocondo" . . . there's no disputing the qualities of Andrea Marcon's crisply directed performance.

. . . bravura arias by a first-rate cast . . . Franco Fagioli gives a flamboyant performance as the Renaissance tutelary deity . . . the best performances are Delphine Galou's infinitely gracious Venus, Carlos Mena's waspish, nicely understated Mars and Luca Tittoto's warmly avuncular Saturn. A fine recording . . .

Caldara's lush scoring and virtuosic writing make this music thrilling, his ritornellos in particular being artful in their balance of instrumental colours and textures against the vocalists' lines . . . Andrea Marcon conducts with crisp authority, giving high definition to the composer's motifs and rhythms. As Diana, Veronica Cangemi delivers eye-popping variations on her da capo aria's first section. The Jove summoned up by alto Ruxandra Donose combines muscle and emotional depth in an epic, six-minute aria. The instrumentalists are even more impressive: crazy keyboard realisations, strutting clarino passages and flouncy oboe entries vie with the vocal lines for attention . . . this is a glorious recording, showing how Caldera's music can unleash the imagination of its performers. It makes a strong case for reviving more of his compositions.

There are seven soloists, and the ones here are up to the job . . . the sound is adequately clear, and Baroque lovers will want to hear this music of the early 18th century that sounds nothing like Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, or Rameau.

. . . [der argentinische Countertenor Franco Fagioli leiht dem Gott Apollon] seinen virtuosen, golden funkelnden Alt.