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Monteverdi & Cavalli Arias
File:Monteverdi Cavalli Stade CD.jpg
Erato CD: ECD 88100
Studio album by
Frederica von Stade
Released1985 (first version), 1995 (second version)
StudioQueen's Hall, Edinburgh and Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, Strasbourg (second version only)
GenreOpera
Length48:51 (first version), 54:35 (second version)
LanguageItalian
LabelErato
ProducerMichel Garcin
Cavalli, Monteverdi & Mozart Arias
Erato CD: 4509-98504-2
Erato CD: 4509-98504-2

Frederica von Stade chante Monteverdi & Cavalli is a 48-minute studio album of arias by Francesco Cavalli and songs and arias by Claudio Monteverdi, performed by von Stade with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Raymond Leppard. It was released in 1985. A second, 54-minute version of the album, released in 1995 as Recital: Frederica von Stade: Cavalli, Monteverdi & Mozart Arias, added two bonus arias taken from Erato's 1978 recording of Mozart's Così fan tutte, on which von Stade sang Dorabella with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg under Alain Lombard.[1]

Recording[edit | edit source]

The first version of the album was digitally recorded in the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh in July 1984.[2] The Mozart arias on the second version of the album were recorded using analogue technology in the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, Strasbourg in May 1977.[2]

Packaging[edit | edit source]

The cover of the first version of the album was designed by Daniel et Compagnie, and features a photograph of von Stade taken by her then husband, Peter Elkus.[3] The cover of the second version of the album was designed by Thierry Cohen, and features a photograph of von Stade taken by Colette Masson.[2]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Claudio Monteverdi painted by Bernardo Strozzi in Venice in 1640

Alan Blyth reviewed the first version of the album on LP in Gramophone in September 1985. Von Stade, he wrote, an experienced artist in baroque opera, hardly sang an unstylistic note in this attractive programme of Monteverdi and Cavalli. Perhaps the arias from the latter's operas suited her better; they did not require, except for Cassandra's noble lament, quite such emotional depth as those of his even greater contemporary. Doubts arose concerning a certain sameness in timbre, affecting as it was, and a want of working through the words. One had heard Octavia's two moving solos more urgently delivered elsewhere, though not always with such a consistently even tone as von Stade produced. Perhaps the most apt items here were the not-too-serious lament from Calisto and the songs by Monteverdi. Reactions to Leppard's arrangements would vary between delight in their sheer sensuousness and cries of protest that this wasn't really how the music should sound. Blyth confessed to finding the results attractive while appreciating their anachronistic nature. The sound was excellently balanced.[4]

Ivan March reviewed the first version of the album on cassette in Gramophone in February 1986. From Erato, he wrote, came an attractively fresh collection of Italian baroque arias and songs, stylishly sung by Frederica von Stade with the SCO under Leppard. The conductor ensured that von Stade's ornamentation was in period, but did not seek to produce an anaemic "authentic" back-up from the orchestra, who supported the voice with the most attractive string textures. If the singing did not offer the kind of emotional depth one would expect from an artist like Dame Janet Baker, it was still very enjoyable.[5]

The audio expert John Borwick reviewed the first version of the album on CD in Gramophone in June 1986. The orchestral effects, he wrote, beautifully recorded, were of such continuous appeal and inventiveness in this mellifluous collection of songs and arias by Monteverdi and his disciple Cavalli that he was inclined to give the Scottish Chamber Orchestra star billing alongside the consistently smooth-toned Frederica von Stade. In his LP review, Alan Blyth had noted the anachronistic nature of Raymond Leppard's arrangements but found them attractive for all that. Borwick expected most listeners to react very favourably to the rich accompanying textures, and thought that all von Stade fans would welcome this feast of her singing in the baroque style of which she was such a master.[6]

CD track listing[2][edit | edit source]

First version (Erato ECD 88100)[3][edit | edit source]

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), in realizations by Raymond Leppard

Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676), in realizations by Raymond Leppard

  • 5 (5:02) Lamento di Cassandra: "L'alma fiacca svani" from La Didone
  • 6 (2:30) "La bellezza è un don fugace" from Il Xerse
  • 7 (6:10) Lamento di Clori: "Amor, che ti diè l'ali" from L'Egisto
  • 8 (3:10) "Numi ciechi più di me" from L'Orimonte
  • 9 (3:29) "Non è, non è crudel" from Scipione affricano
  • 10 (3:33) "Ardo, sospiro e piango" from La Calisto

Second version: bonus tracks (Erato 4509-98504-2)[2][edit | edit source]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

Personnel[2][edit | edit source]

Musical[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Michel Garcin, producer
  • Yolanta Skura, engineer (first version)
  • Pierre Lavoix, engineer (tracks 11-12, second version)
  • Françoise Garcin, production assistant
  • Ysabelle Van Wersch-Cot, digital mastering engineer

Release history[edit | edit source]

In 1985, Erato released the first version of the album on LP (catalogue number NUM 75183),[7] cassette (catalogue number MCE 75183)[8] and CD (catalogue number ECD 88100).[3] The LP included sleeve notes by Roger Tellant and an insert with texts but no translations. The CD included a 12-page insert booklet with no texts but with a photograph of Raymond Leppard and with notes by Roger Tellant.

In 1995, Erato released the second version of the album on CD (catalogue number 4509-98504-2) with a 16-page booklet with no texts but with notes by Roger Tellant and Charles Osborne.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mozart, W. A.: Così fan tutte, cond. Alain Lombard, Erato CD, 2292-45683-2, 1991
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Recital: Frederica von Stade: Cavalli, Monteverdi & Mozart Arias, cond. Raymond Leppard and Alain Lombard, Erato CD, 4509-98504-2, 1995
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Frederica von Stade chante Monteverdi & Cavalli, cond. Raymond Leppard, Erato CD, ECD 88100, 1985
  4. Gramophone, September 1985, p. 406
  5. Gramophone, February 1986, p. 1087
  6. Gramophone, June 1986. p. 93
  7. Frederica von Stade chante Monteverdi & Cavalli, cond. Raymond Leppard, Erato LP, NUM 75183, 1985
  8. Frederica von Stade chante Monteverdi & Cavalli, cond. Raymond Leppard, Erato MC, MCE 75183, 1985


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