Anyone who loves Mozart's Mass in C minor, K. 427, will love his Davidde Penitente Cantata, K.
469, because eight of the ten numbers in the cantata are taken note for note from the opening two movements of the mass, but set to an Italian text on the subject of the Biblical King David. And for the two newly composed numbers, Mozart wrote splendid arias for two of his favorite singers, giving the audience added value at no extra charge.But anyone who loves Mozart's Davidde Penitente may not love this 1988 recording led by Sigiswald Kuijken. Much as one admires Kuijken's violin playing -- and he is among the finest of period instrument violinists -- one cannot admire his conducting here. His textures are turgid, his rhythms are torpid, and his tempos are interminable.
Despite the precise playing of La Petite Bande and the superb singing of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, Kuijken's interpretation remains leaden and inert. Kuijken's soloists range from the wan Krisztina Laki through the bland Nicole Fallien to the fay Hans Peter Blochwitz and none of them are more than adequate to their parts.
Even the sublime and glorious Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618, sounds enervated and exhausted in this recording. Deutsche Harmonia's early digital sound is hard and harsh at the climaxes.
|Davidde penitente, oratorio, K. 469|
|Coro. Alzai le flebili voci||La Petite Bande||6:54|
|Coro. Cantiam le glorie||La Petite Bande||2:28|
|Aria Soprano II. Lungi le cure ingrate||La Petite Bande||4:57|
|Coro. Sii pur sempre||La Petite Bande||1:18|
|Duetto Soprano I & II. Sorgi, o Signore||La Petite Bande||2:39|
|Aria Tenore. A te, fra tanti affanni||La Petite Bande||7:27|
|Coro. Se vuoi, puniscimi||La Petite Bande||4:56|
|Aria Soprano I. Fra l'oscure ombre funeste||La Petite Bande||7:43|
|Terzetto Soprano I & II, Tenore. Tutte le mie speranze||La Petite Bande||3:30|
|Coro. Chi in Dio sol spera||La Petite Bande||5:17|
|Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618||La Petite Bande||3:43|