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Caldara

Magazine article Gramophone

Caldara

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Caldara

'In dolce amore'

Adriano in Siria--Numi, se giusti siete. Demofoonte --Se tutti i mali miei. I disingannati--Una donna. Scipione Africano--Figlia a Roma; In dolce amore. Scipione nelle Spagne--Pensieri di amante. Temistode--Chi mai d'iniqua Stella. Begl'occhi adorati. Credea Niso. Rotte l'aspre catene Robin Johannsen sop

Academia Montis Regalis / Alessandro De Marchi

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (F) 88843 01169-2

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The Venetian Antonio Caldara worked at the Imperial court in Vienna from summer 1716 until his death 20 years later. Robin Johannsen performs arias from six Viennese operas, some of which were first settings of new librettos by the court poet Metastasio. A pair of warbling recorders adorns Sabina's touching siciliano 'Numi, se giusti siete' from Adriano in Siria (1732), and Johannsen sings with limpid sweetness in Emilia's 'In dolce amore' from Scipione Africano (1735). There are judicious contrasts in dramatic situations and musical moods, such as the unjustly condemned Dircea's chromatically expressive 'Se tutti i mali miei' from Demofoonte (1733) in comparison to the flirtatious comedy of Dorina's 'Una donna' from I disingannati (1729). …

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