MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around

  2022
 57,903 reviews
   and more ... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here
Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
 
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Some items
to consider

 

paid for
advertisements

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews


TROUBADISC
Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas
All Troubadisc reviews


FOGHORN Classics

Alexandra-Quartet
Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews


All HDTT reviews


Clarissa Bevilacqua plays
Augusta Read Thomas

all Nimbus reviews

Brahms Dvorak
Brahms 2 Dvorak 7
all tudor reviews

 

 


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

 

Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Loughton
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom

jonathan_woolf@yahoo.co.uk


 


Support us financially by purchasing this from

Antonio SALIERI (1750-1825)
Strictly Private
Diana Tomsche (soprano)
Esther Valentin (mezzo-soprano)
Heidelberger Sinfoniker/Timo Jouko Herrmann
rec. 2019, Astoria-Halle, Walldorf, Germany
Sung texts provided. No translations.
HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC19079 [55:30]

Hänssler Classic has collaborated on this release with Salieri authority Timo Jouko Herrmann and the Heidelberger Sinfoniker. The selection of works spans twenty-six or so years; the album contains mainly cantatas, interspersed with three orchestral works. In the notes, Herrmann explains that Salieri wrote these pieces for circulation amongst his circle of friends, as opposed to compositions intended for the imperial court at Vienna, hence the title ‘Salieri - Strictly Private’. Six of the eight works are world première recordings. In addition, Herrmann has prepared a reconstruction of Per la ricuperata salute di Ofelia (Freudenlied) for small orchestra.

Salieri was born in Legnano in Northern Italy. As a teenager, he was taken to Vienna where he met his future mentor, the composer Gluck, and Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor. In Vienna, then one of Europe’s foremost cultural centres, Salieri embarked on a career at the imperial court. After impressing Joseph II with his opera Armida (1771), he was appointed Kapellmeister, director of the Imperial Opera.

Eight singers perform on this album. Soprano Diana Tomsche and mezzo-soprano Esther Valentin sing the solo parts. Tomsche reveals her bright, clear soprano, a small yet highly effective voice. Valentin’s smooth and creamy toned mezzo-soprano is impressive, with such a lovely command of diction. Specialists in historically informed performance practice, the Heidelberger Sinfoniker play using modern instruments with metal strings and modern bows; only the horns and trumpets (if needed in certain compositions) are the period instruments. The orchestra has gained experience from their ongoing cycle of Haydn symphonies (commenced in 1999), so they are completely at home with music of the classical period; these Salieri works seem ideal repertoire. Conductor Timo Jouko Herrmann and his players lavish considerable attention on these works, and the performances are fresh and alert.

The opening Italian cantata Tu sai, Germana amata from 1799, a striking three-section work which lasts only six minutes, is known as the ‘little cantata for a Silver Wedding’. It seems that Salieri write it it for a Schmidtmayer family celebration. To honour their parents, the Schmidtmayer sisters would sing the two solo parts; Tomsche and Valentin sing a blithely charming duet Secondate i nostri affetti. Of the three instrumental pieces, I admire the Cantabile in G major for oboe and small orchestra. Little is known about this single-movement work written around 1773 and lasting almost seven minutes. Oboist Andrius Puskunigis plays this cheerful Cantabile quite splendidly. The cantata Deh mira, oh Nice, which Salieri wrote around 1780, stands out from the pack. This captivating four-movement work is full of sunny and joyful expression. The final work on the album is the cantata Il ciel cortese from 1777. In the central movement, Caterina and Anna’s duet Nostri preghi alzino il volo, the two soloists perform delightfully, and their voices blend together exquisitely.

The sound has a satisfying clarity and balance. Conductor Herrmann’s booklet essay ‘Salieri - Strictly Private’ is invaluable, with helpful information about each work. German and Italian sung texts are provided in the booklet but sadly there are no English translations. This album of cantatas by Salieri, a composer too often ignored, is certainly worth investigating.

Michael Cookson

Contents
Cantata, Tu sai, Germana amata* (1799)
1. Tu sai, Germana amata (Allegro) [1:03]
2. Secondate i nostri affetti (Andante con moto) [2:03]
3. Si onori, e festeggi (Allegro) [3:04]
4. Cantabile G-Dur for oboe and orchestra (c. 1773) [6:46]
5. La Preghiera sudditta (Prayer) - Gott! erhalt' zu unsrer Wonne*
(Andante un poco sostenuto) (c. 1790) [2:56]
Freudenlied (Song of Joy) - Per la ricuperata salute di Ofelia (Canzone a Fille) (1785) KV 477a
6. Lascia la greggia (Andante pastorale) [1.23]
7. Quell' agnelletto candido (Andante) [1:23]
8. Lascia la greggia (Larghetto) [1:28]
9. Prayer for orchestra, Fragment of a sacred opera*
(Andante devoto d-moll) (c. 1790) [3:01]
Cantata, Deh mira, oh Nice* (c. 1780)
10. Deh mira, oh Nice (Andante con moto) [3:03]
11. Tenero cor (Larghetto) [2:11]
12. Ah! ch'or m'aveggo (Allegretto) [1:30]
13. D'un cor figlial, e grato (Andante un poco sostenuto) [3:40]
Serenata F-Dur* (date unknown)
14. Larghetto maestoso [2:57]
15. Andantino [1:14]
16. Menuett: Arioso - Trio [2:31]
17. Finale: Presto [3:57]
Cantata, Il ciel cortese* (1777)
18. l ciel cortese (Allegretto) [3:59]
19. Vivi, pur felice ognora (Larghetto maestoso) [4:38]
20. Si onori, e festeggi (Allegro) [2:21]
World premiere recordings*

Performers

Diana Tomsche, soprano (solo 1-3, 5, 6-7, 18-20)
Esther Valentin, mezzo-soprano (solo 1-3, 5, 10-13, 18-20)
Miriam Burkhardt (soprano), Barbara R. Grabowski (alto), Florian Löffler (tenor), Thomas Jakobs (tenor), Philipp Schädel (bass), Markus Lemke (bass)
Heidelberger Sinfoniker / Timo Jouko Herrmann
Andrius Puskunigis, solo oboe (4)



Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews


all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews


All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews

 

Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

November 2022
Bach
Bach Orchestral Suites

del Cinque
Del Cinque Cello sonatas

Fujita Mozart
Mao Fujita Mozart

Stanczyk
Stanczyk Acousmatic Music

Oropesa

October 2022

Berg Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto Elmes

DEbussy Jeux
Debussy Jeux

Romantic pioano masters
Romantic Piano Masters

The future is female - Vol 2
Volume 2 - The Dance

impromptu harp music
Complete Harp Impromptus