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Antonio Caldara – Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (1996)

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CD 1
1. Part 1. No. 1. Sinfonia
2. Part 1. No. 2. Aria. Dormi, o cara, e farmi il sonno
3. Part 1. No. 3. Recitativo. Così godea la mente
4. Part 1. No. 4. Aria. Deh, librate amoretti
5. Part 1. No. 5. Recitativo. Del sonno lusinghiero
6. Part 1. No. 6. Aria. La ragione, s'un'alma conseglia
7. Part 1. No. 7. Recitativo. Così sciolta da'lacci de' sui error
8. Part 1. No. 8. Allegro. Alle vittorie
9. Part 1. No. 9. Recitativo. Oimè, troppo importuno
10. Part 1. No. 10. Aria. In un bivio è il mio volere
11. Part 1. No. 11. Recitativo. Maddelena, nel cielo fissa la sguardo
12. Part 1. No. 12. Aria. Spera, consolati
13. Part 1. No. 13. Recitativo. Troppo dura è la legge
14. Part 1. No. 14. Aria. Fin che danzan le grazie sul viso
15. Part 1. No. 15. Recitativo. Germana, al ciel, deh, volgi
16. Part 1. No. 16. Aria. Non sdegna il ciel le lacrime
17. Part 1. No. 17. Recitativo. Omai spezza quel nodo
18. Part 1. No. 18. Aria. Pompe inutili
19. Part 1. No. 19. Recitativo. E voi, dorati crini
20. Part 1. No. 20. Aria. Il sentier ch'ora tu prendi
21. Part 1. No. 21. Recitativo. Maddalena, coraggio!
22. Part 1. No. 22. Aria. Dilenti non più vanto
23. Part 1. No. 23. Recitativo. Dell'anima tua grande
24. Part 1. No. 24. Aria. Vattene, corri, vola
25. Part 1. No. 25. Recitativo. Marta, ho risolto
26. Part 1. No. 26. Aria. Voglio piangere
27. Part 1. No. 27. Recitativo. A tuo dispetto, Amor Terreno
28. Part 1. No. 28. Duetto. La mia virtude

CD 2
1. Part 2. No 1. Sinfonia
2. Part 2. No 2. Recitativo. Donna grande e fastosa
3. Part 2. No 3. Aria. Parti, che di virtù il gradito splendore
4. Part 2. No 4. Recitativo. Cingan pure quest'alma
5. Part 2. No 5. Aria. Chi con sua cetra
6. Part 2. No 6. Recitativo. Maddalena, deh, ferma!
7. Part 2. No 7. Aria. In lagrime stemprato il cor qui cade
8. Part 2. No 8. Recitativo. Oh ciel, chi vide mai la penitenza
9. Part 2. No 9.Aria. Ride il ciel e gl'astri brillano
10. Part 2. No 10. Recitativo. A tuo dispetto, Amor Terreno
11. Part 2. No 11. Aria. Me ne rido di tue glorie
12. Part 2. No 12. Recitativo. Se non ho forza a superar costei
13. Part 2. No 13. Aria. Orribili, terribili
14. Part 2. No 14. Recitativo. Maddalena, costanza
15. Part 2. No 15. Aria. O fortunate lacrime
16. Part 2. No 16. Recitativo. Mio Dio, mio Redentor
17. Part 2. No 17 .Aria. Chi drizzar di pianta adulta
18. Part 2. No 18. Recitativo. D'esser costante, o mio Gesù, non temo
19. Part 2. No 19. Aria. Per il mar del pianto mio
20. Part 2. No 20. Recitativo. L'atto immenso che, uscito
21. Part 2. No 21. Aria. Del senso soggiogar
22. Part 2. No 22. Recitativo. Di miei dardi possenti
23. Part 2. No 23. Aria. Da quel strale che stilla veleno
24. Part 2. No 24. Recitativo. Sempre dagl'astri scende
25. Part 2. No 25. Aria. Questi sono arcani ignoti
26. Part 2. No 26. Recitativo. Cittadini del ciel
27. Part 2. No 27. Aria. Sù, lieti festeggiate
28. Part 2. No 28. Recitativo. Voi, che in mirarmi oppresso ogn'or godete
29. Part 2. No 29. Aria. Voi del Tartaro
30. Part 2. No 30. Recitativo. Va dunque Maddalena
31. Part 2. No 31. Aria. Chi serva la beltà

Maddalena - Maria Christina Kiehr
Marta - Rosa Dominguez
Amor Terreno - Bernarda Fink
Amor Celeste - Andreas Scholl
Fariseo - Ulrich Messthaler
Cristo - Gerd Türk

Chiara Banchini: violin,
Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
René Jacobs: conductor

 

Despite the title of this piece, this is not 'churchy' music. It has everything that good drama has, and if it were a book it would be unputdownable. Caldara gives us action, showing himself to be every bit as much dramatist as composer. The story and the pace never flag for a minute. René Jacobs moves it along at a cracking pace and makes it a memorable event. It must have been wonderful to take part.

Amor Celeste and Amor Terreno are battling for the heart and soul of Maddalena. It opens with Fink's stunning Amor Terreno, seductive enough to capture the heart of a stone. In trying to win Maddalena, her ornamentations paint vivid pictures of "drunk with pleasure". Then, in charges Scholl's Amor Celeste, powerful and confident of winning the battle hands down - but then so is Fink's Amor Terreno, full of strength and depth. You can't take sides at their declaration of war, the duet Alle vittorie, because both are convincing - and their voices blend perfectly. The sheer strength of Scholl's voice in this piece brushes aside the familiar accusations of "too ethereal".

Their awesome battle duets punctuate the unfolding drama as Maddalena agonises - in dialogue with her sister - over her choices, and the orchestra supports them with real fire. The chest-thumping opening provided by Chiara Banchini's string band in the duet La mia virtude/Il senso è un nemico makes an impact that would lift you off your seat in a concert hall (if only). When Amor Terreno is finally defeated, the colours of her fury are so vivid you can taste it, and it's clear that the only destiny for such rage is Hell. Amor Celeste's victory-celebration Su, lieti festeggiate has the earthy gusto of mens' peasant dances.

This recording made Maria Cristina Kiehr a star, and she has never sounded better than as Maddalena. Her clear voice expresses longing, indecision, passion and tranquillity with equal facility, and is never less than completely beautiful. Her expressions, as Maddalena changes course, develop brilliantly. Her cry of "Signor, pietate!" is the pivot of the whole thing - high drama indeed. ---J.R. Gunsell, amazon.com

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