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Caldara: Christmas Cantata

31 Dec. 1996 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 31 Dec. 1996
  • Release Date: 31 Dec. 1996
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:05:26
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  • ASIN: B001LZN80C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,016 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jones on 15 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was looking through the list of recordings by the Aradia Ensemble and was astonished to find no customer response to this outstanding CD. I have owned and enjoyed this recording for a number of years and listened to it often, especially around Christmas of course. I know the phrase is a bit of a cliche, but this work really is a hidden gem brought brilliantly to life by Kevin Mallon and his talented band of singers and musicians. The libretto's use of allegorical figures to represent various human qualities and virtues is very much of its time but rendered convincing here by the fluency of performance. I highly recommend this CD.
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By P. M. Jones on 6 April 2010
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Very good
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
No need to wait for Christmas! 29 Aug. 2005
By Baroque and opera freak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to this recording on Naxos radio, on the "Baroque Vocal and Choral" channel, and I have been overwhelmed. The soloists are outstanding, as are the instrumentalists, and there is a compelling uniqueness in the performance that I think comes both from the composer's distinctive style and the inimitable style of the soloists. I listen to Baroque music all the time, but this recording really stands out for its joyful rhythm, the declarative conviction of the solo lines (catch that tenor!), and the delight which all of the performers obviously feel in the music. I am not writing this review because I am a homesick Canadian, but it is sure delightful to know that Toronto has such a wonderful Baroque ensemble. I hope that I will be able to hear them in a live performance someday. Any chance of a trip to Hong Kong and Singapore, Aradia?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Peace, Justice, Divine Love, and the Human Heart... 5 Mar. 2008
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
... are the personages in this "Christmas Cantata" written in 1712 for performance at the Vatican. The notes with the CD suggest a burden of historical and political allusions in the libretto, quite interesting in their way but utterly imperceptible to modern ears. Really, the recitativos and arias of Caldara's Vaticini di Pace sound remarkably like Handel - the same broad but expressive melodies, the same robust instrumental accompaniment, the same treatment of the voice as a thing apart from the instruments, so unlike the hard-to-sing instrument-like vocal lines of JS Bach. To listeners of 1712, of course, it would have been vice-versa, Handel who sounded like Caldara, since Caldara was fifteen years older and well established.

Listening to this and other CDs of Caldara demonstrates to my ears how much Handel remained an Italian Baroque composer throughout his long career in England. I wouldn't be surprised if somebody proved that wily old George Frideric smuggled a stash of Italian manuscripts to London and passed them off as his own work. Anyway, if you like Handel, you will also enjoy Caldara.

Caldara and Handel shared another item, a patron in common - Francesco Ruspoli, the Prince of Cerveteri, perhaps the most lavish patron of music in late Baroque Rome. This cantata was commissioned by Ruspoli and performed in his palace; it's likely that the cantata performed for the Pope's Christmas celebration the following year was in fact this same composition. It's a joyful, blissful work, full of flowing arias that provide opportunities for great singers, such as the Roman elite supported in numbers, to show off. The four soloists of Aradia Baroque Ensemble (two sopranos, one mezzo, and one tenor) rise brilliantly to the occasion, with beautiful nuanced voices and bravura technique. The large string ensemble, led by Kevin Mallon, supports the four singers as gently yet firmly as a calm sea supports a floating gull.

As a musical bonus, the Aradia instruments also perform two sinfonias (introduzioni) for oratorios composed later in Caldara's long career. The resemblance to Handel's instrumental chamber music persists, but if anything Caldara is harmonically bolder and more emotionally colored.

If I may be a little bold myself, I'd say that Caldara was every bit as skillful a composer as Handel. One wonders about such questions. Be it as it may, this is a splendid CD, one you'll play often and enjoy every time.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Cantata per il santissimo natale 2 Dec. 1999
By "conquistador69" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great recording at a great price. I bougt this recording from amazon.com several weeks ago,and its a great recording,but what is astonishing is that its a period instruments group at a butget price,and a glorious performance by the Aradia Baroque ensanble.I think that when Mr.Caldara wrote this piece he was praising God in his own personal way.This is a great gift for this holyday season for anyone who loves early music performances on period instruments....
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Caldara's sublime Christmas offering. 18 Sept. 2012
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I certainly agree that Caldara ranks among the BEST of the Italian composers of the middle-baroque period.
In vocal outputs, he matches the great Alessandro Scarlatti, and as for instrumental, Scarlatti Jr. (Domenico).
This Cantata, performed at the Vatican during that time, comes as no surprise as to the composer's talents, but as a real surprise for this genre of 'sacred' music.
Probably nowhere as austere as the German counterparts of this genre, under the Italian school, 'sacred' music was as accessible to the popular masses as much as dramatic works like madrigals and operas. The cantata does not originally appear as a 'sacred' form of vocal composition, unlike motets (quasi-sacred, really), but was viewed popularly as a form of more sophisticated development of the medieval madrigal.
That Caldara chose a cantata to depict the birth of Christ is demonstrative of the huge 'popularity' of this form of quasi-sacred music (though formally speaking fully sacred).
The music is lively and beautiful, with a libretto based on biblical theology as well as the prevailing philosophy (even political) of the era.
The four vocalists performed brilliantly in this recording of Naxos, again some thing not to be demeaned by the sheer inexpensiveness of the product.
Particularly worthy of mention is American mezzo Jennifer Lane as 'Justice' in this recording, who owns a voice as deep as any 'real contralto' singing today. The tenor singing 'Human Heart' did a superb job, and should have been much better known in the field!
Definitely, the two sopranos singing Divine Love and Peace offer perfectly different and appropriate characterisations.
The arias and recitatives on the 'conversion of Justice' after the 'persuasion of Peace' are particularly moving and illustrative of the greatness of Caldara.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful angelic sounds abound ! 24 April 2012
By zerosykess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On tracks 5, 6, 18, and 28 beautiful voice and instrumentation come together like holy, radiant, and devout dreams from youth !!Feel entranced and blessed by this ambrosial cd as you melt and become humbled to be alive.

Outstanding artists and vocalists !!!! Great sound and quality for super price !!

I don't like much classical music with vocals, but I love this !!

Good day friends !!
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