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Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (2015)

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Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (2015)

Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,05 Gb | Total time: 79:03+68:57+75:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564-634354 | Recorded: 2014

Betrayal, sorcery and one dazzling aria after the next…Ovid's Queen Niobe of Thebes, who turns to stone when her children are slain by the gods as punishment for her arrogance and pride, is the subject of this forgotten 1688 masterpiece. The Italian composer-priest Agostino Steffani languished in obscurity until the opera was rediscovered recently; the Boston Early Music Festival give its world-premiere studio recording with Karina Gauvin in the psychologically complex title role, and countertenor Phillipe Jaroussky singing 'powerfully and sweetly' (The New York Times) as Niobe's husband Anfione, driven to suicide in the face of family tragedy.

Christine Brandes, Paul O'Dette, Mary Springfels, Ingrid Matthews, Barbara Weiss - Stradella: Cantatas (1998)

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Christine Brandes, Paul O'Dette, Mary Springfels, Ingrid Matthews, Barbara Weiss - Stradella: Cantatas (1998)

Christine Brandes, Paul O'Dette, Mary Springfels, Ingrid Matthews, Barbara Weiss - Stradella: Cantatas (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 344 Mb | Total time: 68:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907192 | Recorded: 1996

Alessandro Stradella’s colourful life and eventual murder have since furnished writers with material for novels and stageworks. But he was very highly regarded as a composer during his short life, and made important contributions to several musical forms with operas, instrumental sinfonie and cantatas. This programme features five seldom performed chamber cantatas and two of his sinfonie or sonatas. Soprano Christine Brandes has a light, pleasing voice, and an athletic technique which enables her to circumnavigate most of Stradella’s often demanding vocal writing. But she is stretched to her limits, perhaps even a shade beyond, in the virtuoso, fiendishly difficult ‘Ferma il corso e torna al lido’.

Paul O'Dette - Baroque Lute Music, Vol. I: Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger (2001)

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Paul O'Dette - Baroque Lute Music, Vol. I: Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger (2001)

Paul O'Dette - Baroque Lute Music, Vol. I: Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 315 Mb | Total time: 69:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HCX 3957020 | Recorded: 1989

O'Dette is unsurpassed among modern players in technical mastery of the lute, and indeed there is nothing in Kapsberger's music that is beyond him. More importantly, his touch is sure, his articulation is clean, and his tone is balanced in a way that brings Kapsberger's music into incredibly clear focus. O'Dette's interpretations fall on the ear in a way that makes them seem almost inevitable, as if this music should be played no other way.

Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival - Michael-Richard de Lalande: Les Fontaines de Versailles (2020)

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Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival - Michael-Richard de Lalande: Les Fontaines de Versailles (2020)

Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival - Michael-Richard de Lalande: Les Fontaines de Versailles; Le Concert d’Esculape (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 72:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 555 097-2 | Recorded: 2019

Michel-Richard de Lalande is regarded as one of the great composers of the French Baroque, and so it is not surprising that our prizewinning Boston Early Music Ensemble has now turned to him. Along with his many sacred works, Lalande also wrote for the various court occasions that required secular music. Les Fontaines de Versailles, the work occupying a central position on this CD, above all contributed to Lalande’s increasing popularity. It was performed on 5 April 1683, some weeks before Lalande was appointed to the coveted post of 'Sous-maître de Chapelle.' After the court had settled in Versailles with King Louis XIV in 1682, its musical microcosm also experienced a renewal.

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Thésée (2007)

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Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Thésée (2007)

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Thésée (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 964 Mb | Total time: 173:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 240-2 | Recorded: 2006

Jean-Baptiste Lully, born Giovanni Battista Lulli in Florence in 1632, moved to France early in his career. By the time he turned 30, he had been named music master to the royal family and elevated to the nobility. Italian opera, particularly the works of Cavalli, had become hugely popular in France, and Lully took up the task of creating a tradition of native French opera. In 1775, in collaboration with librettist Philippe Quinault, Lully produced Thésée, a "tragédie en musique," which marked a turning point in the synthesis of music, dramaturgy, and dance, and became the model for French opera for nearly a century, until the reforms of Gluck.

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Christoph Graupner: Antiochus und Stratonica (2020)

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Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Christoph Graupner: Antiochus und Stratonica (2020)

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Christoph Graupner: Antiochus und Stratonica (2020)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 0.99 Gb | Total time: 224:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 555 369-2 | Recorded: 2020

The prizewinning Boston Early Music Festival, joined by the choicest soloists, once again presents a spectacular Baroque opera discovery with Christoph Graupner’s Antiochus and Stratonica. Graupner composed the musical play L’Amore Ammalato, Die kranckende Liebe, oder: Antiochus und Stratonica during his time as the harpsichordist at the Gänsemarkt Opera in Hamburg. The core subject of the opera is the love of the Seleucid prince Antiochus for his stepmother Stratonica. This match brings with it highly dramatic moments as well as deeply sad ones inasmuch as Antiochus is supposed to have an incurable illness – but then at the end three old and new romantic couples appear on the stage and everything comes to a happy ending.

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble - Johann Sebastiani: Matthaus Passion (2018)

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Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble - Johann Sebastiani: Matthaus Passion (2018)

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble - Johann Sebastiani: Matthaus Passion (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 65:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 555 204-2 | Recorded: 2017

Johann Sebastiani's name no doubt will be familiar only to a few certified music experts. Born in Weimar in 1622, Sebastiani spent a good many years of his life in Konigsberg, where he arrived around 1650 and later was appointed court chapel master. He composed countless occasional works as well as a St. Matthew Passion (1672) – a welcome addition to CPO's picture of Lutheran church music and a work closing a gap in the history of Passion settings between Heinrich Schutz and Johann Sebastian Bach. Stephen Stubbs, Paul O'Dette, and their Boston Early Music Festival Chamber & Vocal Ensemble have fond memories of Bremen, where they have recorded in the radio broadcast hall on various occasions and produced Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Baroque opera La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers, for which they won a Grammy Award in 2015. Their current release featuring Johann Sebastiani's St. Matthew Passion pays tribute to Konigsberg's music culture and to the composer who was one of its central representatives.

Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)

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Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)

Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.17 Gb | Total time: 241:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 555 205-2 | Recorded: 2018

The Boston Early Music Festival has recorded George Frideric Handel’s very first opera, Almira, Queen of Castile, with a superlatively sumptuous ensemble. For its previous recordings of Baroque operas this successful ensemble has won prizes such as the Grammy, the German Record Critics Annual Prize, and the Echo Klassik. The Hungarian soprano Emõke Baráth sings the role of Almira with a choice ensemble of singers, all of whom have performed in the world’s most renowned concert halls and opera houses. Handel’s Almira is based on a freely invented plot featuring fine entertainment in the form of love and marriage schemes among the nobility, infidelity and mistaken identities, and a happy ending brought about by a court servant’s negotiations. This work was presented at the Hamburg Opera House in 1705 about twenty times and with great success.

Ellen Hargis, Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King, Hille Perl - Il Zazzerino: Music of Jacopo Peri (1999)

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Ellen Hargis, Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King, Hille Perl - Il Zazzerino: Music of Jacopo Peri (1999)

Ellen Hargis, Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King, Hille Perl - Il Zazzerino: Music of Jacopo Peri (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 272 Mb | Total time: 73:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU907234 | Recorded: 1998

Jacopo Peri, Medici court musician and famed tenor, was among the earliest of opera composers. “Il Zazzerino” (the blond one) was also a pioneer in the popularization of the “new style” solo song, and with the 1609 publication of his collection La varie musiche he demonstrated his versatility as a composer, creating new music for a new age.

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival - Johann Georg Conradi: Ariadne (2005)

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Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival - Johann Georg Conradi: Ariadne (2005)

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival - Johann Georg Conradi: Ariadne (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 872 Mb | Total time: 175:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777073-2 | Recorded: 2004

This CPO issue of Johann Georg Conradi's 1691 opera Ariadne is based out of a revival of this obscure work produced in 2003 as part of the Boston Early Music Festival. One might be surprised to see the name of Conradi above the title of such a large opera set – has anybody really heard of this guy? What is up with this opera?
German Baroque opera has spent centuries in the shadows. At one time this entire historical genre was considered of only marginal value when held up to the shining example of George Frideric Handel. Closer examination of the topic reveals that this was one man's opinion, namely that of nineteenth century musicologist Friedrich Chrysander.

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensemble - Charpentier: Acteon (2010)

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Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensemble - Charpentier: Acteon (2010)

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensemble - Charpentier: Actéon (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 383 Mb | Total time: 66:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 613-2 | Recorded: 2009

Marc-Antoine Charpentier was neglected for centuries after his death, but by the late 20th century increased frequency of performances and recordings revealed him as one of the geniuses of the Baroque. He had a distinctive, individual voice and a gift for subtle emotional expression capable of evoking the most profound grief, as well as a loopy humor rarely associated with music of his era.

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensemble - Handel: Acis and Galatea (2015)

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Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensemble - Handel: Acis and Galatea (2015)

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensemble - Handel: Acis and Galatea (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 707 Mb | Total time: 107:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 877-2 | Recorded: 2013

Both Acis and Galatea and the cantata Sarei troppo felice heard here represent decisive turning points in Handel’s career. The Italian cantata came at the beginning of the one and half decades spent by Handel in the service of various patrons. Acis and Galatea marks the highpoint of this phase and therefore, like the cantata before it, clearly renders recognizable the musical means available to him in the private ensembles of his employers. Moreover, Acis and Galatea contains the musical and textual seeds of the English oratorio, which after 1742 completely supplanted opera compositions.