martedì 4 dicembre 2012

W. A. Mozart - Il sogno di Scipione

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Il Sogno di Scipione (K. 126) was written in the summer of 1771, fairly soon after Mozart’s astonishing success in Milan at the end of 1770 with Mitridate, Re di Ponto.
Scholars disagree about whether Sogno was actually ever performed in Mozart’s lifetime.  The piece was originally commissioned to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the ordination of the prince-archbishop of Salzburg, Count Siegmund von Schrattenbach, one of Mozart’s earliest and most important patrons.  However, Schrattenbach died before the celebration and Hieronymous, Count Colloredo was elected to replace him.  Sogno’s score shows that Mozart revised his original version changing the references from “Sigismondo” (Siegmund) to “Girolamo” (Hieronymous) in a new aria for Licenza that comes at the end of the piece, but no contemporary evidence has been located testifying to an actual performance of the work although a celebratory cantata was performed in 1772 which may have been Sogno, although we know nothing of the soloists involved.

The Roman commander Scipio Aemilianus has a dream in which he is forced to choose between the two goddesses Fortune and Constancy. Lisa Larsson (Fortune) and Malin Hartelius (Constancy) are well contrasted as the two competing goddesses. Larsson is all spitfire pyrotechnics while Hartelius exudes grace and charm. The rival recording on Philips has Edita Gruberová and Lucia Popp in these roles – both on excellent form. It also has a fine Scipio in Peter Schreier, who is marginally better than Bruce Ford in this killer role, though both sound strained in places. The supporting cast is good, especially Christine Brandes, who gives us both versions of the final aria. What clinches the matter is the superbly thrusting accompaniment from Gottfried von der Goltz and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra which makes Leopold Hager on Philips seem very tame.
Clive Portbury

Scipione - Bruce Ford, tenor
Costanza - Malin Hartelius, soprano
Fortuna - Lisa Larsson, soprano
Publio - Charles Workman, tenor
Emilio - Jeremy Ovenden, tenor
Licenza - Christine Brandes, soprano

Freiburger Barockorchester
Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
dir. Gottfried von der Goltz

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