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Sacred Oratorios - Released August 31, 2018 | Alpha

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There is no shortage of parallels to be drawn between Caldara and Vivaldi: both Venetians, both boasting an impressive body of work running to several hundred pieces of all genres, both died in Vienna (in the same street and in the same penury!), although Caldara had written more operas and oratorios than the Red Priest. And here is one of these very 32 known oratorios, Maddalena ai piedi di Christo written in Venice around 1698; it is "oratorio volgare", that is, recited in Italian, rather than Latin. Originally written as an accompaniment to spiritual exercises, the oratorio came to replace profane operas when the theatres were closed, especially from November to Lent. It took on the guise of opera, and used many of its techniques: naves and altars were (re)decorated and mechanisms and costumes were employed. In reality, it was nothing but an opera with a religious theme... The words and the plot of Maddalena ai piedi di Christo are perfectly suited to these months of penitence. It is a drama of the moral breakdown that tortures the sinner who has to choose between worldly and heavenly love, between living a life of luxury and truly promising herself to Christ. The Le Banquet Céleste ensemble, led by Damien Guillon (who also sings the alto part of Divine Love), takes to this rare piece with fervour. © SM/Qobuz
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Sacred Oratorios - Released November 24, 2017 | Bella Musica Edition

Sacred Oratorios - Released October 6, 2017 | CPO

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Sacred Oratorios - Released April 7, 2017 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Sacred Oratorios - Released January 1, 2017 | Classical Acoustica

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Sacred Oratorios - Released December 26, 2016 | Youkali Music

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Sacred Oratorios - Released December 20, 2016 | bigballsrecords

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Sacred Oratorios - Released December 8, 2016 | Magao Records

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Sacred Oratorios - Released December 8, 2016 | Magao Records

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Sacred Oratorios - Released December 8, 2016 | Magao Records

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Sacred Oratorios - Released December 6, 2016 | Pavian records

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Sacred Oratorios - Released December 4, 2016 | Magao Records

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Sacred Oratorios - Released December 2, 2016 | primTON

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Sacred Oratorios - Released November 27, 2016 | Classical Acoustica

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Sacred Oratorios - Released November 25, 2016 | redpmusic

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Sacred Oratorios - Released November 20, 2016 | Classical Acoustica

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Sacred Oratorios - Released November 7, 2016 | Art4U

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Sacred Oratorios - Released October 26, 2016 | primTON

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Sacred Oratorios - Released October 21, 2016 | Preiser Records