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Caldara in Vienna

Philippe Jaroussky, contreténor

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Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky continues to amaze with the facility of his technique in the most demanding coloratura repertoire, the intelligence and deep feeling of his musicianship, and, most especially, with the full, vibrant quality of his distinctive voice. It has lost none of its freshness since he burst onto the international scene in the last years of the 20th century, and has become a richer, stronger instrument without giving up any of its remarkable agility. A champion of neglected Baroque composers, he turns his attention to Antonio Caldara (ca. 1671-1736), a near-contemporary of Vivaldi's. Like Vivaldi, he began his career in Venice and ended it in Vienna, and Vivaldi is the composer whose music Caldara's most resembles. As renowned as Vivaldi in his lifetime and even more prolific, he fell into obscurity soon after his death and remained essentially a historical footnote until the late 20th century. Even so, there has never been a Caldara renaissance, and based on the selections recorded here, one is unlikely to be coming. The music is created with consummate skill, the text setting is idiomatic, and these opera arias demonstrate dramatic flair and have considerable charm; they could reasonably be mistaken for the work of Vivaldi on a fair-to-middling, or even good, but not a great day. These selections, presumably the most interesting that Jaroussky culled from his research, are all very fine in their own right but lack the dazzle that, in the best Vivaldi, makes the listener sit up and gasp at its unpredictable inventiveness or wit or profound emotional integrity or ravishingly limpid lyricism. It would be hard to imagine a more compelling case for this material than that made by Jaroussky and Emmanuelle Haïm, who plays harpsichord and conducts Concerto Köln. They invest this music with such life and devote such exquisite attention to its nuances that the album fully deserves the attention of fans of the Baroque or Vivaldi, or of anyone who simply cherishes hearing terrifically talented and spirited performers giving their all to music they clearly love. The album is beautifully produced and has clean, vibrant, and natural sound, with excellent balance.

© TiVo

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1
L'Olimpiade, Act 3: "Lo seguitai felice" (Megacle)
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:04:17

Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Demofoonte, Act 3: "Misero pargoletto" (Timante)
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:08:16

Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
La clemenza di Tito: "Numi assistenza"
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:00:57

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
La clemenza di Tito: "Opprimete i contumaci"
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:04:24

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
L'Olimpiade: "Mentre dormi amor fomenti" (Licida)
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:05:29

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Temistocle, Act 1: "Non tremar, vassallo indegno" (Sebaste)
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:03:25

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
La clemenza di Tito: "Se mai senti spirarti sul volto"
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:08:55

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Scipione nelle Spagne: "Se mai senti spirarti sul volto"
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:02:32

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Ifigenia in Aulide, Act 1: "Tutto fa nocciero" (Aquiles)
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:07:28

Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Adriano in Siria, Act 2: "Tutti nemici e rei" (Adriano)
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:04:49

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Lucio Papirio dittatore: "Son io Fabio?"
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:00:37

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Lucio Pairio dittatore: "Troppo è insoffribile fiero martir"
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:05:57

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Temistocle: "Contrasto assai più degno"
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:02:51

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Enone: "Vado, o sposa"
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:05:39

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

15
Achille in Sciro: "Se un core annodi"
Emmanuelle Haïm
00:01:55

Concerto Koln, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Caldara, Composer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Album review

Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky continues to amaze with the facility of his technique in the most demanding coloratura repertoire, the intelligence and deep feeling of his musicianship, and, most especially, with the full, vibrant quality of his distinctive voice. It has lost none of its freshness since he burst onto the international scene in the last years of the 20th century, and has become a richer, stronger instrument without giving up any of its remarkable agility. A champion of neglected Baroque composers, he turns his attention to Antonio Caldara (ca. 1671-1736), a near-contemporary of Vivaldi's. Like Vivaldi, he began his career in Venice and ended it in Vienna, and Vivaldi is the composer whose music Caldara's most resembles. As renowned as Vivaldi in his lifetime and even more prolific, he fell into obscurity soon after his death and remained essentially a historical footnote until the late 20th century. Even so, there has never been a Caldara renaissance, and based on the selections recorded here, one is unlikely to be coming. The music is created with consummate skill, the text setting is idiomatic, and these opera arias demonstrate dramatic flair and have considerable charm; they could reasonably be mistaken for the work of Vivaldi on a fair-to-middling, or even good, but not a great day. These selections, presumably the most interesting that Jaroussky culled from his research, are all very fine in their own right but lack the dazzle that, in the best Vivaldi, makes the listener sit up and gasp at its unpredictable inventiveness or wit or profound emotional integrity or ravishingly limpid lyricism. It would be hard to imagine a more compelling case for this material than that made by Jaroussky and Emmanuelle Haïm, who plays harpsichord and conducts Concerto Köln. They invest this music with such life and devote such exquisite attention to its nuances that the album fully deserves the attention of fans of the Baroque or Vivaldi, or of anyone who simply cherishes hearing terrifically talented and spirited performers giving their all to music they clearly love. The album is beautifully produced and has clean, vibrant, and natural sound, with excellent balance.

© TiVo

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