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Cavalli: La Calisto - realised by Raymond Leppard
 
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Cavalli: La Calisto - realised by Raymond Leppard

13 Sep 2004 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Universal Classics & Jazz
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  • Total Length: 1:59:26
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  • ASIN: B003TZ4YAU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,305 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
When I was a student, I read a book called Opera Before Mozart which stated that more operas were composed before Mozart's time than afterwards. However, you would never get this impression from looking at the standard fayre of most opera companies; Baroque opera remains a relative rarity.

Fernando Cavalli was a Venetian composer who composed 40 operas during the 17th Century [between 1639 and 1666]. La Calisto is the only one of his operas that I have ever heard.

La Calisto is a retelling of the Calisto legend in which Calisto, a water nymph in the service of Diana is seduced by the god Jove [disguised as Diana] and then turned into a bear as punishment by Jove's wife the goddess Juno. She becomes the Great Bear - Ursa Major constellation in the night sky.

This particular performance comes from a Glyndebourne production in the early 1970s having been lovingly reconstructed by Raymond Leppard. It is given a lush performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne chorus with amazingly imaginative continuo playing. I would not describe it as 'authentic' but given a performance as exquisite as this, I really don't care.

There is some fantastic singing on this recording. None of the singers would be described as baroque specialists. We have Janet Baker as Diana [and Jove disguised as Diana], very much a tragic heroine [much like Purcell's Dido], Ileana Cotrubas as Calisto [who has recorded many leading opera roles] and Teresa Kubiak [a very fine Tatyana in Solti's recording of Eugene Onegin] as Juno. Along with James Bowman as Endymion, these singers produce some absolutely gorgeous sounds both in solo and ensemble singing. This score was an amazing discovery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janette Mackinnon on 29 July 2014
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The most wonderful recording of a classic which is now becoming hard to find. Bought for my partner who only had it on cassette which was wearing out so very pleased.
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