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La clemenza di Tito
File:Clemenza di tito davis LP.png
Philips LP: 6703 079
Studio album by
Colin Davis
La clemenza di Tito
Philips Mozart Edition CD: 422 544-2
Philips Mozart Edition CD: 422 544-2

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La clemenza di Tito is a 127-minute studio album of the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Dame Janet Baker, Stuart Burrows, Robert Lloyd. Yvonne Minton, Lucia Popp and Frederica von Stade with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under the direction of Sir Colin Davis. It was released in 1977.

Background[edit | edit source]

The album was taped a few years after theatrical performances of La clemenza di Tito at Covent Garden in which Baker, Burrows, Lloyd and Minton sang the same roles as they do on the recording, and in which Davis was also the conductor. The staging, first seen in 1973, was produced by Antony Besch and designed by John Stoddart.[1][2][3][4]

The album does not present an entirely complete version of the opera, several passages of recitativo secco being omitted.[4] The Covent Garden orchestra plays with modern instruments rather than the kind that were used in Mozart's own era.

Recording[edit | edit source]

The album was recorded using analogue technology in July 1976 at an unspecified location in London.[5]

Packaging[edit | edit source]

The cover of the first CD issue of the album is the work of Akamori Ralf Krieger.[5]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Reviews[edit | edit source]

The Emperor Titus Vespasianus imagined by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema in 1885

The album was reviewed or discussed by the Mozart scholar Stanley Sadie in Gramophone in November 1977,[4] by Eric Salzman in Stereo Review in May 1978,[6] by Hilary Finch in Gramophone in September 1987,[7] by Alan Blyth in Gramophone in April 1992[8] and by Richard Wigmore in Gramophone in October 2010.[9]

Accolades[edit | edit source]

In May 1978, Stereo Review included the album in its "Best Recordings of the Month" pages.[6]

In his Gramophone survey of the entire Tito discography in October 2010, Richard Wigmore wrote that the album was the finest of all the recordings of the opera that had been performed with modern instruments. "Baker's vicious Vitellia attains a tragic gravitas in her final scene, while Yvonne Minton's intensely "lived" Sesto vindicates Davis's broad tempi, characteristic of the elegiac tinta he brings to Mozart's score."[9]

Track listing, CD1[edit | edit source]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

La clemenza di Tito, opera seria in due atti (Prague, 1791), K. 621, with a libretto by Caterino Mazzolà (1745-1806) after Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782)

  • 1 (4:56) Ouverture

Act One

  • 2 (2:04) Recitativo: "Ma che sempre l'istesso" (Vitellia, Sesto)
  • 3 (3:03) No. 1 Duetto: "Come ti piace imponi" (Sesto, Vitellia)
  • 4 (1:29) Recitativo: "Amico, il passo affretta" (Annio, Vitellia, Sesto)
  • 5 (5:32) No. 2 Aria: "Deh si piacer mi vuoi... Chi ciecammente crede" (Vitellia)
  • 6 (1:21) Recitativo: "Amico, ecco il momento" (Annio, Sesto)
  • No. 3 Duettino: "Deh prendi un dolce amplesso" (Annio, Sesto)
  • 7 (2:03) No. 4 Marcia
  • 8 (6:30) No. 5 Coro: "Serbate, oh Dei custodi" (Chorus)
  • Recitativo: "Tu della patria il Padre" (Publio, Annio, Tito)
  • No. 5 Coro: "Serbate, oh Dei custodi" (Chorus)
  • Recitativo: "Basta, basta, oh miei fidi" (Tito)
  • No. 4 Marcia
  • 9 (2:21) Recitativo: "Adesso, oh Sesto, parla per me" (Annio, Sesto, Tito)
  • 10 (2:38) No. 6 Aria: "Del più sublime soglio" (Tito)
  • 11 (1:26) Recitativo: "Non ci pentiam" (Annio, Servilia)
  • 12 (3:08) No. 7 Duetto: "Ah perdona al primo affetto" (Annio, Servilia)
  • 13 (1:22) Recitativo: "Servilia! Augusta!" (Tito, Servilia)
  • 14 (2:15) No. 8 Aria: "Ah, se fosse intorno al trono" (Tito)
  • 15 (2:32) Recitativo: "Felice me!" (Servilia, Vitellia)
  • Recitativo: "Ancora mi schernisce?" (Vitellia, Sesto)
  • 16 (6:21) No. 9 Aria: "Parto, ma tu ben mio... Guardami, e tutto obblio" (Sesto)
  • 17 (0:45) Recitativo: "Vedrai, Tito, vedrai" (Vitellia, Publio, Annio)
  • 18 (2:27) No. 10 Terzetto: "Vengo... aspettate... Sesto!" (Vitellia, Annio, Publio)
  • 19 (3:57) No. 11 Recitativo accompagnato: "Oh Dei, che smania è questa" (Sesto)
  • 20 (6:31) No. 12 Quintetto con Coro: "Deh conservate, oh Dei!" (Sesto, Annio, Servilia, Publio, Vitellia, Chorus)
  • Recitativo: "Sesto!" (Vitellia, Sesto, Servilia, Annio, Publio, Chorus)

Track listing, CD2[edit | edit source]

Act Two

  • 1 (1:18) Recitativo: "Sesto, come tu credi" (Annio, Sesto)
  • 2 (2:30) No. 13 Aria: "Torna di Tito a lato" (Annio)
  • 3 (1:20) Recitativo: "Partir, deggio, o restar?" (Sesto, Vitellia)
  • Recitativo: "Sesto!" / "Che chiedi?" (Publio, Sesto, Vitellia)
  • 4 (4:40) No. 14 Terzetto: "Se al volto mai ti senti" (Sesto, Vitellia, Publio)
  • 5 (3:49) No. 15 Coro: "Ah grazie si rendano" (Chorus, Tito)
  • 6 (1:01) Recitativo: "Già de' Pubblici giuochi" (Publio, Tito)
  • 7 (1:40) No. 16 Aria: "Tardi s'avvede" (Publio)
  • 8 (1:13) Recitativo: "No, così scellerato" (Tito, Annio, Publio)
  • 9 (3:10) No. 17 Aria: "Tu fosti tradito" (Annio)
  • 10 (2:51) Recitativo accompagnato: "Che orror! Che tradimento" (Tito)
  • Recitativo: "Ingrato" (Tito)
  • 11 (3:58) No. 18 Terzetto: "Quello di Tito è il volto!" (Sesto, Tito, Publio)
  • 12 (1:29) Recitativo: "Odimi, oh Sesto; siam soli" (Tito, Sesto)
  • 13 (7:04) No. 19 Aria (Rondo): "Deh per questo istante solo... Disperato vado a morte" (Sesto)
  • 14 (1:03) Recitativo: "Dove s'intese mai più contumace infedeltà?" (Tito)
  • 15 (5:08) No. 20 Aria: "Se all'impero" (Tito)
  • 16 (1:21) Recitativo: "Non giova lusingarsi" (Vitellia, Servilia, Annio)
  • 17 (2:05) No. 21 Aria: "S'altro che lagrime" (Servilia)
  • 18 (2:16) No. 22 Recitativo accompagnato: "Ecco il punto, oh Vitellia" (Vitellia)
  • 19 (7:35) No. 23 Rondo: "Non più di fiori... Infelice! Qual orrore!" (Vitellia)
  • 20 (1:56) No. 24 Coro: "Che del ciel, che degli Dei" (Chorus)
  • 21 (1:40) Recitativo: "Sesto, de' tuoi delitto" (Tito, Vitellia, Servilia, Sesto, Annio, Publio)
  • 22 (1:40) No. 25 Recitativo accompagnato: "Ma che giorno è mai questo?" (Tito)
  • 23 (4:13) No. 26 Sestetto con Coro: "Tu, è ver, m'assolvi, Augusto" (Sesto, Tito, Vitellia, Servilia, Annio, Publio, Chorus)

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Performers[edit | edit source]

  • Stuart Burrows (tenor), Tito Vespasiano, Emperor of Rome
  • Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Vitellia, daughter of the deposed Emperor Vitellio
  • Yvonne Minton (mezzo-soprano), Sesto, a young patrician, friend of Tito, in love with Vitellia
  • Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano), Annio, a young patrician, friend of Sesto, in love with Servilia
  • Lucia Popp (soprano), Servilia, sister of Sesto, in love with Annio
  • Robert Lloyd (bass), Publio, Praetorian Prefect, commander of the Praetorian Guard
  • Ian Herbert, clarinet
  • Frederick Lowe, basset-horn
  • Charles Taylor, first violin
  • John Constable, harpsichord continuo and conductor's assistant
  • Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (chorus master: Robin Stapleton)
  • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • Sir Colin Davis, conductor

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Ubaldo Gardini, Italian language coach

Release history[edit | edit source]

In 1977, Philips released the album as a set of three LPs (catalogue number 6703 079) and on cassette (catalogue number 7699 038), both issues being accompanied by a booklet with notes, texts and translations.[4]

In 1987, Philips issued the album as a double CD (catalogue number 420 097-2), packaged in a slipcase with a 180-page booklet.[5] The booklet contained a libretto, a synopsis by Bernd J. Delfs and an essay by Ulrich Schreiber, all in English, French, German and Italian. It also included photographs of Davis and his solo singers by Mike Evans and several historical illustrations - the first page of Mozart's autograph score, the title page of an early edition of the opera, the theatre where the opera was premiered and portraits of Mozart, Metastasio and the Emperor Leopold II (for whose coronation as King of Bohemia the opera was commissioned).[5]

In 1992, the album was issued on CD in revised packaging (catalogue number 422 544-2PME2) as part of Philips's edition of Mozart's complete works.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.rohcollections.org.uk/production.aspx?production=4198&row=0
  2. http://www.rohcollections.org.uk/performance.aspx?performance=119248&row=0
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gramophone, April 1992, p. 160
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gramophone, November 1977, pp. 886-893
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Mozart, W. A.: La clemenza di Tito, cond. Colin Davis, Philips CD, 420 097-2, 1987
  6. 6.0 6.1 Stereo Review, May 1978, pp. 88-89
  7. Gramophone, September 1987, p. 481
  8. Gramophone, April 1992, p. 160
  9. 9.0 9.1 Gramophone, October 2010, p. 64

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