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Mozart: Betulia liberata

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset, Sandrine Piau and Teresa Iervolino

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Betulia Liberata, K. 118, premiered in 1771, was called an azione sacra. Essentially it is an oratorio, Mozart's only one, but its libretto by Pietro Metastasio has strongly operatic qualities; there are few choruses, and those that exist are part of the action, not commentaries. The story is based on the biblical tale of the Israelite heroine Judith and her seduction and then decapitation of the enemy general Holofernes. The libretto posed many challenges for the 15-year-old composer: to name a few, the heroine does not make her appearance until well over half an hour into the music; the recitatives are complex, with intricate dialogues and the central event of the plot, Judith's story of how she happened to return home bearing Holofernes' severed head, told in one of them; and the characters are sharply delineated, with some of the despairing Israelites counseling surrender. Mozart surmounted these challenges brilliantly, and perhaps more than any other of his early works, this one points the way to the adult genius. Only the unconvincing conclusion points to Mozart's youth. Director Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques deliver a performance that catches the leaps and bounds Mozart was making here. The instrumental ensemble and the chorus Accentus are generously sized by contemporary standards, and they realize the large dimensions in which Mozart was thinking. Rousset's soloists, especially Teresa Iervolino in the title role and Pablo Bemsch as the Israelite prince Ozia, vividly realize the characters; only the voice of Sandrine Piau, as the noblewoman Amital, shows strain. Perhaps the definitive recording of Betulia Liberata, this reading is enhanced by excellent engineering from the Little Tribeca team.
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1
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Overtura
Christophe Rousset
00:04:01

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher

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2
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Recitativo "Popoli di Betulia, ah qual v'ingombra" (Ozia)
Christophe Rousset
00:00:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist

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3
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Aria "D'Ogni colpa la colpa maggiore" (Ozia)
Christophe Rousset
00:07:10

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist

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4
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Recitativo "E in che sperar?" (Cabri, Amital)
Christophe Rousset
00:01:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist

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5
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Aria "Ma qual virtù non cede" (Cabri)
Christophe Rousset
00:03:59

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist

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6
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Recitativo "Già le memorie antiche" (Ozia, Cabri, Amital)
Christophe Rousset
00:03:28

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist

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7
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Aria "Non hai cor, se in mezzo a questi" (Amital)
Christophe Rousset
00:04:48

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher

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8
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Recitativo "E qual pace sperate" (Ozia, Amital, Coro)
Christophe Rousset
00:02:39

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist

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9
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Aria "Pietà, se irato sei" (Ozia, Coro)
Christophe Rousset
00:04:04

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Accentus, Choir, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist

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10
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Recitativo "Chi è costei, che qual sorgente aurora" (Cabri, Amital, Ozia, Giuditta)
Christophe Rousset
00:03:02

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist - Teresa Iervolino, Soloist, MainArtist

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11
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Aria "Del pari infeconda" (Giuditta)
Christophe Rousset
00:06:45

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Teresa Iervolino, Soloist, MainArtist

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12
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Recitativo "Oh saggia, oh santa, oh eccelsa donna!" (Ozia, Cabri, Giuditta)
Christophe Rousset
00:02:16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist - Teresa Iervolino, Soloist, MainArtist

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13
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Aria "Pietà, se irato sei" (Ozia, Coro)
Christophe Rousset
00:04:10

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Accentus, Choir, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist

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14
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Recitativo "Oh saggia, oh santa, oh eccelsa donna!" (Cabri, Amital, Ozia, Carmi)
Christophe Rousset
00:02:52

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist - Nahuel di Pierro, Soloist, MainArtist

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15
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Aria " Terribile d'aspetto" (Achior)
Christophe Rousset
00:03:24

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Nahuel di Pierro, Soloist, MainArtist

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16
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Recitativo "Ti consola, Achior" (Ozia)
Christophe Rousset
00:02:46

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist - Nahuel di Pierro, Soloist, MainArtist - Teresa Iervolino, Soloist, MainArtist - Anonymous (Plainchant), Lyricist

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17
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: Aria "Parto inerme, e non pavento" (Giuditta)
Christophe Rousset
00:06:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Teresa Iervolino, Soloist, MainArtist

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18
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte prima: "Oh prodigio! Oh stupor!" (Coro)
Christophe Rousset
00:02:07

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Accentus, Choir, MainArtist

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19
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Recitativo "Troppo mal corrisponde" (Achior, Ozia)
Christophe Rousset
00:05:47

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist - Nahuel di Pierro, Soloist, MainArtist

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20
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Aria "Se Dio veder tu vuoi" (Ozia)
Christophe Rousset
00:11:19

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist

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21
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Recitativo "Confuso io son" (Ozia, Achior, Amital)
Christophe Rousset
00:01:20

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist - Nahuel di Pierro, Soloist, MainArtist

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22
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Aria "Quel nocchier che in gran procella" (Amital)
Christophe Rousset
00:06:22

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Wednesdays, Lyricist

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23
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Recitativo "Lungamente non dura" (Ozia, Amital, Cabri, Coro)
Christophe Rousset
00:08:12

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist

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24
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Aria "Prigionier che fa ritorno" (Giuditta)
Christophe Rousset
00:09:16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Teresa Iervolino, Soloist, MainArtist

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25
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Recitativo "io cedo" (Achior, Giuditta, Ozìa, Popoli, Amici)
Christophe Rousset
00:01:21

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Nahuel di Pierro, Soloist, MainArtist

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26
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Aria "Te solo adoro" ( Achior)
Christophe Rousset
00:04:06

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Nahuel di Pierro, Soloist, MainArtist

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27
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Recitativo "Dia tua vittoria un glorioso effetto" ( Ozia, Amital)
Christophe Rousset
00:00:42

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist

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28
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Aria "Con troppa rea viltà" (Amital)
Christophe Rousset
00:05:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher

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29
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Recitativo "Quanta cura hai di noi, Bonta Divina!" (Cabri, Carmi, Ozia)
Christophe Rousset
00:02:25

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist

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30
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Aria "Quei moti che senti" (Carmi)
Christophe Rousset
00:01:57

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist

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31
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: Recitativo "Seguansi, o Carmi, i fuggitivi" (Ozia, Amital, Cabri, Giuditta)
Christophe Rousset
00:00:57

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist - Nahuel di Pierro, Soloist, MainArtist - Teresa Iervolino, Soloist, MainArtist

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32
Betulia liberata, K. 118, Parte seconda: "Lodi al gran Dio che oppresse" (Coro)
Christophe Rousset
00:05:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Sandrine Piau, Soloist, MainArtist - Christophe Rousset, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Accentus, Choir, MainArtist - Amanda Forsythe, Soloist, MainArtist - Pablo Bemsch, Soloist, MainArtist - Nahuel di Pierro, Soloist, MainArtist - Teresa Iervolino, Soloist, MainArtist

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Album review

Betulia Liberata, K. 118, premiered in 1771, was called an azione sacra. Essentially it is an oratorio, Mozart's only one, but its libretto by Pietro Metastasio has strongly operatic qualities; there are few choruses, and those that exist are part of the action, not commentaries. The story is based on the biblical tale of the Israelite heroine Judith and her seduction and then decapitation of the enemy general Holofernes. The libretto posed many challenges for the 15-year-old composer: to name a few, the heroine does not make her appearance until well over half an hour into the music; the recitatives are complex, with intricate dialogues and the central event of the plot, Judith's story of how she happened to return home bearing Holofernes' severed head, told in one of them; and the characters are sharply delineated, with some of the despairing Israelites counseling surrender. Mozart surmounted these challenges brilliantly, and perhaps more than any other of his early works, this one points the way to the adult genius. Only the unconvincing conclusion points to Mozart's youth. Director Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques deliver a performance that catches the leaps and bounds Mozart was making here. The instrumental ensemble and the chorus Accentus are generously sized by contemporary standards, and they realize the large dimensions in which Mozart was thinking. Rousset's soloists, especially Teresa Iervolino in the title role and Pablo Bemsch as the Israelite prince Ozia, vividly realize the characters; only the voice of Sandrine Piau, as the noblewoman Amital, shows strain. Perhaps the definitive recording of Betulia Liberata, this reading is enhanced by excellent engineering from the Little Tribeca team.
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