Antonio Caldara and the cello: Selected instrumental and vocal works | Glossa GCD923108

Antonio Caldara and the cello: Selected instrumental and vocal works

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD923108

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th June 2020

Contents

Artists

Josetxu Obregon (cello)
Eugenia Boix (soprano)
Luciana Mancini (mezzo-soprano)
La Ritirata

Conductor

Josetxu Obregon

Works

Caldara, Antonio

Cantata: Porgete per pieta
Cantata: Soffri mio caro Alcino
» Dolce e pur d'amor l'affanno
Cantata: Vicino a un rivoletto
» Aime sento il mio core
Cello Sonata no.3 in B flat major
Cello Sonata no.5 in F major
» I Adagio
Cello Sonata no.9 in G major
» I Allegro
Cello Sonata no.16 in G major
» III Largo
Chamber Concerto for cello, 2 violins and continuo
Lezioni for cello and continuo
» no.6
» no.14
» no.20
Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (oratorio)
» Pompe inutili
Sinfonia for solo cello

Artists

Josetxu Obregon (cello)
Eugenia Boix (soprano)
Luciana Mancini (mezzo-soprano)
La Ritirata

Conductor

Josetxu Obregon

About

In a lively and enterprising new disc devoted to the music of Antonio Caldara, cellist Josetxu Obregón leads his ensemble La Ritirata in instrumental and vocal works.

In his youth in Venice (in the 1680s/1690s), Caldara drew significant praise for his own cello playing, and his understanding of the instrument and its possibilities stayed with him throughout a career which saw him immersed also in the rich musical cultures of Mantua and Rome before he became a valued member of the Hofkapelle in Vienna; he worked there for the last twenty years of his life, contributing to the glories of the Austro-Italian Baroque at the Imperial Court of the highly musical Charles VI (whom Caldara had also served in Barcelona).

Here, the cello, ranging from the lyrical to the virtuosic, is called upon as a soloist in concerto, sinfonia and sonata pieces, but this recording is enriched further by the presence of two singers, soprano Eugenia Boix and mezzo Luciana Mancini, whose ravishing vocal lines are matched by the obbligato cello part.

Josetxu Obregón has made a number of previous Glossa recordings exploring the early history of the cello, and in the company of La Ritirata has also contributed to the burgeoning reassessment of this major composing figure with their Caldara ‘The Cervantes Operas programme’.

This recording was made to celebrate the birth of Caldara 350 years ago.

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