Although Handel and Caldara never collaborated, it's nearly certain that their paths crossed in Rome in 1709, where both held prestigious appointments. The highly imaginative concept behind the Carmelite
Vespers is a conceptual construction of what they might have put together for the night mass
for Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Some of the Handel might be familiar; the Caldara psalms and antiphons
are meticulously performed and provide an intimate relief from the large works. The new context is
scholarly and refreshing, and there's a special highlight in soprano Roberta Invernizzi's performance.