Finally on a 4CD-box, the complete works of Celeste, starting from Il Sistema to Saint Tropez! Many records in this box were out of print for a long time! Stunning bonus tracks included! Apart from the classic and seminal recordings of Il Sistema (including one track that would later become 'Zarathustra' of Museo Rosenbach and originally was featured only on the vinyl version of Viaggio Senza Andata), this deluxe box set features their symphonic magnum opus 'Principe Di Un Giorno', but also the haunting 'Celeste 2' and the follow-up project 'Saint Tropez'. All tracks have been carefully remastered by Celeste's Ciro Perrino.
Antonio Caldara, in this recently rediscovered church opéra, reaches a rare level of beauty and intensity. Beauty essentially due to the perfect blend and contrast between the various voices. The two alti and the two soprani are absolutely marvellous in their complementary values and hues, and they enhance the bass and the tenor in a unique way. Intensity due to the debate in Maddalena between carnal love and spiritual christian love. This debate is represented by the fight between the two alti, Amor Celeste and Amor Terreno, redoubled with the same debate between the two soprani…
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
The oratorio as a musical form emerged toward the end of the seventeenth century as a kind of "spiritual exercise" encouraged by the Congregazione dell'Oratorio in Rome. The performances took place in oratories (prayer halls) constructed above church naves and were intended to be attractive but edifying entertainments. Then as later, oratorios generally reflected the popular forms and styles of secular music – and in late Renaissance and Baroque Italy, this meant opera, though based on religious rather than mythological and heroic themes. The most prolific composer in this genre was Antonio Caldara (c1670-1736); New Grove lists 43 oratorios (in addition to many operas) and there are probably more that have been lost, written for patrons in his native Venice, Rome, Florence, Mantua, and Vienna.