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Philippe Jaroussky: "Caldara in Vienna"

During this week from the 3th to 9th of January, at 12:00 AM and 12:00 PM (Madrid Time), you can listen to excerpts from the new album of Philippe Jaroussky "Caldara in Vienna".

Philippe Jaroussky
"Caldara in Vienna"
(Forgotten Castrato Arias)



 Review from www.guardian.co.uk


  The music of Antonio Caldara (c 1670-1736) was languishing on the fringes of baroque obscurity until René Jacobs's award-winning recording for Harmonia Mundi of the ravishing oratorio Maddalena ai Piedi di Cristo suddenly shot it into the spotlight just over 10 years ago. Nevertheless, most of Caldara's huge output remains unexplored, including the 60-odd dramatic works that he composed during his time in Vienna as vice-kapellmeister to the Hapsburg court of Charles VI from 1716 until the end of his life. Philippe Jaroussky's selection of 15 arias from those works, all originally composed for castrati, and with librettos by either Metastasio or Apostolo Zeno, is an bold attempt at restitution. Yet despite the glossy packaging, the disc seems unlikely to have anything like the same impact as the oratorio; on this evidence Caldara was a competent rather than an exceptional composer for the stage, and his music sparks into life only fitfully. The real problem, though, is Jaroussky's singing – pure and sweet, the sound of a male soprano rather than a countertenor, but seriously lacking in tonal variety and consistently underpowered for arias that sometimes demand a wide dramatic range. The conductor, Emmanuelle Haïm, does what she can to give the undifferentiated sequence of arias some shape and purpose, but she can do nothing to counteract Jaroussky's blandness.

Andrew Clements -- www.guardian.co.uk

Posted on 2011-01-03 00:24:00.25