The most beautiful name
The Spanish Concert
A key moment for the arrival of Italian music in Spanish lands occurred in the summer of 1708, when Antonio Caldara – who had seen how the War of the Spanish Succession limited his opportunities to write plays for the Duke of Mantua, great lover of the opera – came to Barcelona, accepting an order from Archduke Charles ("Charles III"), claimant to the Spanish throne, to compose a work on the occasion of their wedding celebrations.
over three centuries, this serenade (The most beautiful name) remained forgotten (like much of the successful theater music written by this Venetian composer), a situation now corrected by Emilio Moreno and El Concierto Español together with an extraordinary quintet of soloists. Thus, a great song of praise to Saint Elizabeth and, by extension, to the future wife of Archduke Carlos, Isabel Cristina de Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.
with great style, Maria Espada, Robin Blaze, Raquel Andueza, Marianne Beate Kielland and Agustín Prunell-Friend evoke, through this mythological allegory with a libretto by an outstanding author for the scene, Pietro Pariati, the splendor of courtly culture at the beginning of the 18th century (Y, in many ways, the enduring passion for opera in Barcelona). Equally elegant is the direction of Moreno at the head of El Concierto Español, in a recording made after the presentation of the work in the city of Lérida, in autumn 2009.