Betulia Liberata (2013)

Mozart

L'Orfeo Barockorchester

Michi Gaigg

Betulia liberata (The liberated Bethulia) seems to be the least known among Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s larger stage works, be it secular or sacred, composed during his youth. Written documentation on the subject is also scarce. Among these we find a letter by Leopold Mozart written to his wife in Salzburg during the first concert journey of Italy with his son: 

Vicenza 14 March 1771 
In Padua we saw as much as can be seen in a day, for here too we were not left in peace, Wolfg. having to play in 2 different places. But he also got some work and has to write an oratorio for Padua which he can do as and when the opportunity arises. 1 

Taking into account the consequent turn of events the commissioned oratorio for Padua „when the opportunity arises“ was obviously expressed prematurely. The person involved might have thought nothing of it when addressing a young lad of fifteen. Leopold reveals the identity of this person and the seriousness with which the Mozart family dealt with this commissioned oratorio for Padua in another letter after their return to Salzburg. The letter is addressed to his friend, Count Giovanni Luca Pallavicini in Bologna: 

Salzburg 19 July 1771 
Meanwhile my son is writing an oratorio by Metastasio for Padua that has been commissioned by Sgr Don Giuseppe Ximenes de Ppi d’Aragona. When I pass through Verona, I`ll send this oratorio to Padua to be copied, and on our return from Milan we`ll go to Padua to hear it rehearsed. 2 

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L'Orfeo Barockorchester

Since its foundation in 1996 at the Anton Bruckner Private University, Linz, the L’Orfeo Barockorchester has developed into one of the leading ensembles for historical performance practice today. The synthesis of standard repertoire and pioneering work is a trademark of L’Orfeo’s concert programmes and CD’s. In addition L’Orfeo has also proved itself an outstanding orchestra for stage works (CD releases: Orpheus oder Die wunderbare Beständigkeit der Liebe by Georg Philipp Telemann; Joseph Haydn’s Die wüste Insel/The desert Island).
The orchestra leaves a mark time and again with its discography ranging from French Baroque suites through Sturm und Drang sinfonias to Classical and and Galathea, Eurydice in Telemann’s Orpheus and all the feminine roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Currently she is devoting much of her energy to her own baroque ensemble sav¯adi, with whom she won the Early Music Competition in York in 2003 and also the Van Wassenaer Concours in The Hague in 2004 (www.savadi.net). She directs larger-scale projects with her newly founded ensemble &cetera (www.ensemble-etcetera.com). Until recently she taught Baroque singing at the University Mozarteum Innsbruck.

Michi Gaigg

The Austrian conductor and leader of the orchestra, Michi Gaigg, was deeply inspired as a student by the lectures given by Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Salzburg Mozarteum. After completing her violin studies there she commenced learning to play the Baroque violin and studied with Ingrid Seifert and Sigiswald Kuijken. 
Michi Gaigg accumulated valuable experience in internationally well-known ensembles such as London Baroque and with conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Alan Curtis, Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Ton Koopman and Hermann Max. Together with Carin van Heerden she founded the L’Orfeo Barockorchester in 1996.

Opera productions are becoming increasingly important in Michi Gaigg’s work. Recently staged works are: Handel’s first opera Almira, Queen of Castille, Georg Philipp Telemann’s Orpheus oder Die wunderbare Beständigkeit der Liebe, Orpheus und Eurydike by Chr. W. Gluck, Zaide by W. A. Mozart, Romeo und Julie by Georg Anton Benda, Joseph Haydn’s Die wüste Insel and a trilogy of early operas by Gioachino Rossini (Il signor Bruschino, La scala di seta und La cambiale di matrimonio).

Michi Gaigg has been teaching at the Institute for Early Music at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz since 1993. She is director of the Danube Festival in Strudengau and received two cultural awards by the province of Upper Austria. 

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Betulia Liberata (2013)

Mozart

L'Orfeo Barockorchester

Producer: Dietmar Wolf, hans Jochen Brauns
Recording Engineer: Irmgard Bauer
Recording location: Stiftskirche Waldhausen Austria
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Overtura
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Recitativo, 'Popoli di Betulia'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Aria #1, 'D'ogni colpa la colpa ma
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Recitativo, 'E in che sperar?'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Aria #2, 'Ma qual virtù non cede'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Recitativo, 'Già le memorie antich
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Aria #3, 'Non hai cor'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Recitativo, 'E qual pace sperate'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Aria con il Coro #4, 'Pietà, se ir
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Recitativo, 'Chi è costei che qual
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Aria #5, 'Del pari infeconda'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Recitativo, 'Oh saggia, oh santa'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Aria con il Coro #6, 'Pietà, se ir
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Recitativo, 'Signor, Carmi a te vi
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Aria #7, 'Terribile d'aspetto'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Recitativo, 'Ti consola, Achior'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Aria #8, 'Parto inerme, e non pave
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte prima- Coro #9, 'Oh prodigio! Oh stupor!'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Recitativo, 'Troppo mal corrispo
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Aria #10, 'Se Dio veder tu vuoi'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Recitativo, 'Confuso io son'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Aria #11, 'Quel nocchier che in
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Recitativo, 'Lungamente non dura
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Aria #12, 'Prigionier che fa rit
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Recitativo, 'Giuditta, Ozía, pop
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Aria #13, 'Te solo adoro'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Recitativo, 'Di tua vittoria'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Aria #14, 'Con troppa rea viltà'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Recitativo, 'Quanta cura hai di
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Aria #15, 'Quei moti che senti'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Recitativo, 'Seguansi, o Carmi'
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Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in due parti, KV 118, Parte seconda- Aria con il Coro #16, 'Lodi al g
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