Antonio Caldara: Musica sacra – Schola Cantorum S. Stefano

Antonio Caldara: Musica sacra - Schola Cantorum S. Stefano Artist: Schola Cantorum S. Stefano
Album: Antonio Caldara: Musica sacra
Duration: 01:01:31
Genre: Classical
Styles: Choral

If you’re the type of listener who is willing to forgive musical malfeasance in pursuit of deep interpretations — if Artur Schnabel’s smudged runs and faked trills in Beethoven don’t bother you, for example — this recording is for you. Though J.S. Bach admired him, Venetian-born Viennese composer Antonio Caldara (1670-1736) has been more or less bypassed by the great Baroque flood. It takes a good, gutsy authentic-instrument performance to get to the heart of his music, which combines intense Baroque affects with contrapuntal artifice in a way that brings Bach to mind if it’s done right. In the motoric performance of early Baroque revivalists, his choral music sounded dull. The good news here is that conductor Valentino Ermacora shapes Caldara’s magnificent Missa Dolorosa carefully and patiently, drawing the maximum impact out of each phrase and adding just the trace of free tempo that this expressive aesthetic requires. The bad news is that the Orchestra barocca “Il cimento degli Affetti” and Coro “Schola Cantorum S.

Stefano” are not quite up to executing what he has in mind. The string players and the vocal soloists alike play fast and loose with the pitch. Check out the opening three-movement Sinfonia representing Christ’s death and burial — powerful music, made by a group that is clearly in communion with the composer’s spirit, but just not at the finish line for most listeners in terms of execution. You pay your money and you take your choice.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Sinfonia a quattro No. 4 in B minor (“Morte e sepoltura di Christo”)
Grave Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 2:13
Allegretto Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 2:03
Allegro assai Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 0:57
Missa Dolorosa
Kyrie 1 Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:42
Christie Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 2:17
Kyrie II Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:46
Gloria Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 2:19
Domine Deus Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:47
Domine Fili Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 2:31
Qui tollis-Miserere Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 2:37
Quoniam Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 2:21
Cum Sancto Spirito Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:09
Credo Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:14
Et incarnatus est Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 0:42
Crucifixus Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:06
Et resurrexit Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:30
Et vitam venturi saeculi Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:10
Sanctus Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 0:39
Osanna Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 0:32
Benedictus Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:52
Agnus Dei Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:30
Dona nobis pacem Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 1:49
Mottetti sacri
Caro mea Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 4:00
Peccavi Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 2:52
Ad Dominum Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 2:14
Exaudi Domine Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 3:29
Transeunte Domino Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 3:26
Ego Sum Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 2:32
Transfige dulcissime Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 3:23
O Sacrum Convivium Schola Cantorum S. Stefano 3:49

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