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Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Giob [CD]

Carl Ditters Von Dittersdorf Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Dec 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cpo
  • ASIN: B00005QHS4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Giob: Parte Prima: 1. Introduzione: Adagio - Moderato Assai - Rheinische Kantorei
2. Giob: Parte Prima: 2. Recitativo: Andante O Figli
3. Giob: Parte Prima: 3. Coro: Riempi'l Nostro Core - Rheinische Kantorei
4. Giob: Parte Prima: 4. Recitativo: Padre Immortal, Eterno Dio!
5. Giob: Parte Prima: 5. Aria: Tu Che La Copia Versi
6. Giob: Parte Prima: 6. Recitativo: Consorte
7. Giob: Parte Prima: 7. Aria: Si, Vorrei Dall'alma Scotere - Romelia Lichtenstein
8. Giob: Parte Prima: 8. Recitativo: Giob, Amico, A Te Vengo
9. Giob: Parte Prima: 9. Aria: Cosi Tal Volta - Beat Duddeck
10. Giob: Parte Prima: 10. Recitativo: Che Veggio?
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Disc: 2
1. Giob: Parte Seconda: 21. Giob E Coro: Passa Il Giorno, E Me Ritrova
2. Giob: Parte Seconda: 21. Giob E Coro: Quale Mai Voce Dolente - Rheinische Kantorei
3. Giob: Parte Seconda: 21. Giob E Coro: Le Mie Carni Gia Di Piaghe Ricoperte
4. Giob: Parte Seconda: 21. Giob E Coro: Questi E Giob - Rheinische Kantorei
5. Giob: Parte Seconda: 21. Giob E Coro: Qual Io Son Da Quel Che Fui
6. Giob: Parte Seconda: 21. Giob E Coro: Ah Si Lasci Nel Dolore - Rheinische Kantorei
7. Giob: Parte Seconda: 22. Recitativo: Che Intendo?
8. Giob: Parte Seconda: 23. Aria: E Follia D'un Alma Stolta - Romelia Lichtenstein
9. Giob: Parte Seconda: 24. Recititavo: Che Udii?
10. Giob: Parte Seconda: 25. Aria: Nelle Polve, Nel Duolo
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This oratorio by Dittersdor was composed in 1786, but the style is quite ancient, which is why I love this recording. I don't like Mozart or Haydn works, except their very early compositions, because I find late classicism very "modern" and boring. However, I passionately love the rococo style (i.e. JC Bach), and this oratorio fits better in this style despite of the date of composition. Just have this in mind if you buy this recording. Having said that, the music contained in this double CD is really wonderful. There are a few choruses, all of them seems to be composed in baroque style (heavy on contrapunct). But the true beauty of this oratorio are the arias, none of them results boring, and most of them are just memorable. The best arias are sung by the main roles (tenor and soprano). For example the tenor aria "Sento novello giubilo" with an obbligato flute at the end of the second part is delightful. It is very interesting that Dittersdorf seems to love melodical progressions (normally fifth progressions in the typical Vivaldian style), and a lot of arias include this formula, which I find very enjoyable. Markus Schaffer and Romelia Lichtenstein (tenor and soprano) sing really well. Some of the soprano arias are VERY difficult to sing, with high notes and coloratura, but Liechtenstein makes a really great job. The rest of the cast is also good. Waschinski is a male soprano with a harsh sound, and he has serious problems singing agilities, but is interesting listening to him in such an extreme pitch. The countertenor Duddeck has a very small and delicate voice, which I find very interesting. Linda Perillo only sings one aria, but what an aria! It has to be listened to be believed. Conduction by Hermann Max is perfect. I like very much this conductor, who has recorded other beautiful works from the preclassical period. I hope he keeps on exploring the music from the rococo-pre classical period. This is indeed one of the most beautiful oratorios from the XVIIIth century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done 23 Sep 2002
By Walter Fekula - Published on Amazon.com
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Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739 - 1799) was a contemporary of Mozart and while no Mozart, his compositions are deserving of more attention. I especially enjoy a recording of his "Harp Concerto in A", a transcription of an unfinished keyboard concerto (London, "Harp Concertos",Maria Robles, ASMF, Iona Brown). It is said that on occasion Dittersdorf, a very accomplished violinist, played chamber music with Haydn and Mozart. Must have been amazing. No recordings, unfortunately.
In 1773, the additional surname, "von Dittersdorf" was added when Empress Maria Theresia granted him a certificate of Nobility.
This recording of "Giob", composed in 1776, is very well presented by the Rhenische Kantorei/Das Kliene Konzert and very ably conducted by Hermann Max. The soloists hold their own especially the soprano, Romelia Lichtenstein who is blessed with a beautiful voice. One looks forward to hearing more of her in the future. The music flows easily with some melodic arias. The story of Job is well told by the Librettist, S. I. Pintus and captures his "test of faith". The program notes and translation of the Italian libretto are excellent and the recording (2 CDS - 152 minutes) was made over a six day period at the Paterskirche in Franziskanerkloster. Obviously, a labor of love. Let's hope they try Dittersdorf's favorite oratorio, "Esther" next.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dittersdorf is astounding in Giob 31 Jan 2005
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While the classical era is dominated by the heavyweights Mozart and Haydn, the duo weren't the only worthy composers during this era. While I'm bearish on Salieri (I believe one publication referred to his music is worthless and forgettable and I rather agree), Von Dittersdorf's music is astonishing fine indeed. His Giob is quite on a par with Mozart and Haydn, as another posted has said, and hearing this oratorio really helps to restore one's faith in humanity, for if one human could write such beautiful music, then there must be some redeeming quality to man in general. You won't be sorry for buying this CD.
If you're interested in other fine composers in the classical era, might I direct you to JC Bach, whose post-baroque, early classical music is most enjoyable and agreeable indeed. I have some CD's of his keyboard concerti and "agreeable" is perhaps the best way to describe it, for it is extremely musical and polite.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romelia Lichtenstein's singing alone is worth the price of this 2-CD work 14 Aug 2005
By Bruce Bogin - Published on Amazon.com
I am an afficcionado of vocal Baroque music and also of the Renaissance music which preceded it and the post-Baroque and Classical which succeeded it. Somewhere on the internet I ran across the name of Dittersdorf. I was led to this work--Giob--particularly because it was directed by Hermann Max and featured the Rheinische Kantorei whom I have on several other works. He is an exciting conductor and his choral group is superb. But when I received this work and played it the first time, I looked up and asked myself Who is that soprano who is singing? It turned out to be Romelia Lichtenstein whom I not previously heard of. I am particularly fond of the soprano voice and I am very familiar with most of the great ones who sing Baroque. But I want to tell you, this Romelia Lichtenstein is as good as they come. I play the tracks on which her arias as Zara appear over and over again. She is TERRIFIC! She is GREAT! Simply put, her singing is worth the price of the entire work. I have searched in vain for more works in which she appears, but can find none. This work by Dittersdorff may not achieve the level of Mozart's or Haydn's best, but it is nevertheless excellent and is performed exceedingly well. But even so, give yourself a treat and buy it and listen to Romelia sing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistibly Fine and Full of Fetching Melodies 10 Jan 2009
By Christopher Beckwith - Published on Amazon.com
This one I can't stop playing. The booklet notes indicate Giob was last performed in the late 1700's and was not revived until 1999. Unjustly neglected for nearly two centuries, Dittersdorf's gorgeous oratorio, performed in Italian, is rightfully returned to us now in this terrific recording. Energetically recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ditters von Dittersdorf: Giob 28 Aug 2002
By Ken R. Hanson - Published on Amazon.com
This release is amazing!
The music is on par with Mozart and Haydn.
If you enjoy classical music, (1740 - 1810), and like Opera, Oratorio's, and the like, then you must purchase this CD!
This is the oratorio that many believe inspired Mozart to write the Queen of the Night Aria's in The Magic Flute.
Buy it and you'll understand why!
New Dittersdorf Fan,
Ken Hanson.
P.S. Go buy his opera "Doctor and Apotheker" too!
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