Francesco Cavalli - La Calisto
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Label: Harmonia Mundi - Heritage
Cat No: HMY292151517
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 14th August 2015
Hans Peter Kammerer
- Maria Bayo (Calisto)
- Marcello Lippi (Giove)
- Hans Peter Kammerer (Mercurio)
- Graham Pushee (Endymion)
- Louise Winter (Diana)
- Alexander Oliver (Linfea)
- Dominique Visse (Satirino, une furie)
- Barry Banks (Pan, Natura)
- Reinhardt Dorn (Silvano)
- Sonia Theodoridou (Giunone)
- Robin Tyson (furie)
"Long a champion of Cavalli’s rarefied, but seductive oeuvre, the Belgian early-music specialist René Jacobs has now recorded this masterpiece, in a comprehensive, if unorthodox, three-act, almost three-hour version...It is also very well sung. Maria Bayo’s determined nymph, Calisto, is impeccable, her purity of voice beautifully complemented by Alessandra Mantovani’s creamily toned Diana and Sonia Theodoridou’s soaring Juno. As Jupiter (a baritone who has to assume the falsetto guise of Diana), Marcello Lippi demonstrates a formidable range, even if he is not absolutely secure in the higher register, and he is well matched by a gloriously robust and Leporello-like Mercury from Simon Keenlyside, the most exciting baritone to have emerged for some time." - BBC Music Magazine
"When this was first released in 1995, I thought it was the finest recording of a Baroque opera I’d ever heard. Since then there have been many others as good, but this one remains positively superb, making the case for an otherwise unknown work, bringing to the fore all of its colors, wit, bawdiness, and complications... Furthermore, Cavalli’s tunes are almost catchy. It’s a gem, and this performance is just about perfect...Simon Keenlyside’s Mercury is wise and snide. Since this recording was made he has gone on to become world-famous, and deservedly so. René Jacobs and his band turn this into a great, sharp drama, beautiful to listen to and endlessly appealing. Don’t miss it – it’s a great work and this is a great performance." - Classicstoday.com 10/10
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