Magazine article Opera Canada

La Conversione Di Clodoveo, Re Dl Francia

Magazine article Opera Canada

La Conversione Di Clodoveo, Re Dl Francia

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CALDARA

ATMA: ACD2 2505

Antonio Caldara, an older contemporary of Vivaldi who was born in Venice around 1670 and died in Vienna in 1736. composed an astonishing 80 operas, 38 oratorios and 100 cantatas, among other works. he had the distinction of succeeding Handel as maestro di cappella to Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli at the Palazzo Bonelli in Rome, vet his output is little known today. This new recording of one his oratorios by Montreal's Le Nouvel Opera could do wonders to resurrect his fame. It's a very attractive work, with beautifully paced recitatives, poignant suspensions and a fine libretto by Sigismondo Capece. who penned the text for Handel's La resurrezione in 1708.

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Scored for modest forces including four soloists, a small string ensemble (without violas), recorder, oboe, lute and continue, all under Le Novel Opera's distinguished music director, Alexander Weimann 'Hie Conversion of Chris, King of the Franks tells the simple story of the ruler of ancient Rome (he reigned 482-512 AD) and his conversion from Roman gods to Catholicism. As he goes off to war. his pious Christian wife, Clotilde, accuses him of only seeking glory. When he finds himself in the face of the greatest danger, she says. he must not forget "that the God 1 worship is the God of battle." As it turns out, just when he is about to lose the battle, he calls on his Roman god. Mars, but in vain. He then supplicates to the Christian God and is saved from certain death. …

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