Antonio Caldara

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Antonio Caldara (1670 – 28 December 1736) was an Italian Baroque composer.

Caldara was born in Venice (exact date unknown), the son of a violinist. He became a chorister at St Mark's in Venice, where he learned several instruments, probably under the instruction of Giovanni Legrenzi. In 1699 he relocated to Mantua, where he became maestro di cappella to the inept Charles IV, Duke of Mantua, a pensionary of France with a French wife, who took the French side in the War of the Spanish Succession. Caldara removed from Mantua in 1707, after the French were expelled from Italy, then moved on to Barcelona as chamber composer to Charles VI of Austria, the pretender to the Spanish throne who kept a royal court at Barcelona. There, he wrote some operas that are the first Italian operas performed in Spain. He moved on to Rome, becoming maestro di cappella to Francesco Maria Marescotti Ruspoli, 1st Prince of Cerveteri. While there he wrote in 1710 La costanza in amor vince l'inganno (Faithfulness in Love Defeats Treachery) for the public theatre at Macerata. In 1716, he obtained a similar post in Vienna to serve the Imperial Court, and there he remained until his death.

Caldara is best known as a composer of operas, cantatas and oratorios. Several of his works have libretti by Metastasio.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Bach: Magnificat / Vivaldi: Gloria / Caldara: Stabat Mater Bach, Vivaldi, Caldara; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 1
1999 La Passione di Gesù Cristo Signor Nostro (Europa Galante feat. conductor: Fabio Biondi) Antonio Caldara 1
2000 Missa Dolorosa / Stabat Mater Antonio Caldara; Coro della Radio Svizzera Italiana, Aura Musicale, Budabest, René Clemencic 1
2000 Missa Sanctorum Cosmae et Damiani Antonio Caldara; Capella Agostino Steffani, Lajós Rovátkay 1
2004 Trio Sonatas / Cello Sonatas Antonio Caldara feat. Parnassi Musici 1
2005 Kantaten (Ornamente 99 feat. conductor: Karsten Erik Ose, countertenor: Max Emanuel Cencic) Antonio Caldara 1
2014 La concordia de' pianeti Antonio Caldara; La Cetra, Andrea Marcon 1
2014 Concerti di Venezia Caldara, Marcello, Porpora, Vandini, Vivaldi; Jan Vogler, La Folia Barockorchester 1
Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (Soprano: Maria Cristina Kiehr, Soprano: Rosa Dominguez, Alto: Bernarda Fink, Alto: Andreas Scholl, Tenor: Gerd Türk, Schola Cantorium Basiliensis, Conductor: René Jacobs) Antonio Caldara 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Le temps des castrats Georg Friedrich Händel, Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Adolf Hasse, Nicola Porpora, Antonio Caldara, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini 1

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