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Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor profano: Vivaldi Arias (2008)

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Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor profano: Vivaldi Arias (2008)

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor profano: Vivaldi Arias (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 71:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 6618 | Recorded: 2006

Amor profano is the follow-up project to the spectacular album Amor sacro that the soprano Simone Kermes recorded with Andrea Marcon and his Venice Baroque Orchestra. Amor sacro received rave critical reviews, with The San Francisco Chronicle hailing, "soprano Simone Kermes leads the way in this choice performance of four sacred motets by Vivaldi…another exemplary Vivaldi excavation" and the Star Ledger proclaiming, "Kermes brings Vivaldi's heart-easing lyricism alive with far richer expressivity…Kermes looks to be a real vocal star."

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)

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Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 67:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 5980 | Recorded: 2004

This knockout CD of Vivaldi motets is a thrilling ride. They are scored for soprano and strings and show the wonderful variety of effects Vivaldi had at his disposal (faster, more dramatic arias use the metaphor of a ship in storm-tossed seas, searching for calm winds and safety): in other words, the same stuff he uses in his operas. But here, because these motets are religious in nature, it is the soul in flux that is wishing for God, or a saint, to guide it. Vivaldi will use the lower strings to give the feeling of menacing weather while the singer navigates through outlandishly difficult coloratura (fast runs, octave leaps, high stacatto effects); conversely, each motet also contains a slow, introspective aria which requires a long, soft vocal line.

Magdalena Kožená, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Ah! mio cor: Handel Arias (2007)

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Magdalena Kožená, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Ah! mio cor: Handel Arias (2007)

Magdalena Kožená, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Ah! mio cor: Handel Arias (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 76:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 6547 | Recorded: 2006

Before the release of this disc called Ah! Mio cor!, charismatic mezzo soprano Magdalena Kozená had already made her mark as a Handel singer with her recordings of the composer's Italian cantatas and opera Julius Caesar, but this triumphant 2007 collection of arias affirms her mastery of the German-English composer's music. Featuring selections from the composer's operas and oratorios, this disc is more of a smorgasbord than a balanced meal with one highly expressive and supremely virtuosic aria following another and the only cohesion supplied by the performer.

Andrea Marcon, Orchestra Barocca di Venezia - Francesco Cavalli: L'Orione (2001)

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Andrea Marcon, Orchestra Barocca di Venezia - Francesco Cavalli: L'Orione (2001)

Andrea Marcon, Orchestra Barocca di Venezia - Francesco Cavalli: L'Orione (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 816 Mb | Total time: 53:35+43:37+58:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mondo Musica | MFON 22249 | Recorded: 1998

Cavalli composed more than 40 operas. Less than a dozen have been recorded. L'Orione an opera in three acts and a prologue is about No. 27 and was first heard in Milan in 1653 to celebrate the election of Ferdinand IV as King of the Romans. This September 27, 1998 performance (in a new critical edition by Andrea Marcon derived from the manuscript in the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice) in Venice is the first in the modem era. The plot is derived from the ancient Greek legend of the giant Orion told in Ovid's Fasti, rewritten in Natale Conte's Mythologiae, and finally dramatized in Francesco Meloslo's libretto for Cavalli. The libretto takes the opportunity for humor, using the plight of the blind Orion to make fun of the gods, as was common in so many Venetian librettos of the time.

Philippe Jaroussky, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Nicola Porpora: Arias for Farinelli (2013)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Nicola Porpora: Arias for Farinelli (2013)

Philippe Jaroussky, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Nicola Porpora: Arias for Farinelli (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 70:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato ‎| # 50999 9341302 2 | Recorded: 2012

Italian composer Nicola Porpora is mainly a footnote in the history books these days, noted as Haydn's teacher, but in his day he was a rival to Handel and wrote a good deal of music for the celebrated castrato Carlo Broschi, aka, Farinelli. That music is sampled here by the startlingly soprano-like French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, and listeners are likely to feel that it's been unjustly neglected. Jaroussky sounds great, his creamy voice sailing through the mostly tuneful pieces. There are also a few big showpieces of the sort that Renée Fleming and others have recorded on their Baroque aria albums.

Magdalena Kozena, La Cetra, Andrea Marcon - Monteverdi (2016) [Re-Up]

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Magdalena Kozena, La Cetra, Andrea Marcon - Monteverdi (2016) [Re-Up]

Magdalena Kožená - Claudio Monteverdi (2016)
La Cetra Barockorchester Basel; Andrea Marcon, harpsichord and conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 336 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 4595 AH | Time: 01:17:06

Mezzo Magdalena Kožená returns with another early music adventure on Archiv Production after her highly acclaimed Vivaldi album: Kožená explores the early Italian Baroque music of Claudio Monteverdi with rewarding results. Inspired by the improvisational nature of much of this music, Kožená reveals yet another aspect of her musical personality with selections from L’incoronazione di Poppea, Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and more.

Patricia Petibon, Andrea Marcon, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel - Nouveau Monde: Baroque Arias and Songs (2012)

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Patricia Petibon, Andrea Marcon, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel - Nouveau Monde: Baroque Arias and Songs (2012)

Patricia Petibon, Andrea Marcon, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel - Nouveau Monde: Baroque Arias and Songs (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 412 Mb | Total time: 67'53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophone | # 479 0079 | Recorded: 2012

Admired for her remarkable creative imagination and exemplary musicianship, soprano Patricia Petibon, in her newest album for Deutsche Grammophon, offers a treasure-trove of fascinating Baroque curiosities guaranteed to enthral both the Baroque aficionado and the casual listener.

Simone Kermes Collection [12CDs] (2003-2019)

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Simone Kermes Collection [12CDs] (2003-2019)

Simone Kermes Collection [12CDs] (2003-2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 4,05 Gb | Total time: 14 h 26 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Music | Recorded: 2002-2018

Known for her idiosyncratic performances of baroque repertoire and eccentric personal style, the German coloratura soprano Simone Kermes trained in her native Leipzig, with early successes including the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. Bach has not, however, figured prominently in her career since then – Kermes gravitated towards Vivaldi, Handel and the Neapolitan composers who wrote for the great castrati, such as Riccardo Broschi, Alessandro Scarlatti and Porpora. (She has recorded several solo albums of such repertoire for Sony, including Dramma, and Colori d’Amore – reviewing the latter, BBC Music Magazine described her as ‘a remarkable artist, charming, fascinating and boldly risk-taking by turns’).

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Late Vivaldi Concertos (2002)

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Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Late Vivaldi Concertos (2002)

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Late Vivaldi Concertos (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 435 Mb | Total time: 71:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # SK 87733 | Recorded: 2002

Violinist Giuliano Carmignola and conductor Andrea Marcon have served up another reminder that Vivaldi, in the right hands, is so much more than sonic wallpaper. These late Vivaldi concertos, given their premiere recordings here, are, for sure, more of the same musical illustrations, birdsongs, and harmonic sequences; what stands out is the aural handling they are given by Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra under Marcon.

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: Late Violin Concertos (2001)

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Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: Late Violin Concertos (2001)

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: Late Violin Concertos (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 456 Mb | Total time: 74:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # SK 89362 | Recorded: 2000

This premiere recording of six Vivaldi concertos is full of surprises. The works are entirely unknown because, unlike his other compositions, they were written not for publication but for substantial private commissions from wealthy patrons. Dating from his most mature years, they exhibit a style very different from his earlier concertos, which often sound almost mass-produced. Though they are still cast in the customary three movements and are full of the usual sequences, they are more unpredictable, dramatic, and daring; adventurous in form, harmony, and texture; with sudden contrasts of mood, character, and expression. The slow movements are meltingly beautiful, but no two concertos are alike, either in detail or overall effect. Some movements hardly seem to hang together; they appear to consist of collages of motives, punctuated by bursts of virtuosity.

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, 3 Violin Concertos (2000)

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Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, 3 Violin Concertos (2000)

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, 3 Violin Concertos (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 419 Mb | Total time: 71:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # SK 51352 | Recorded: 1999

Violinist Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra use a slightly different scoring of Vivaldi's masterpiece, the 1996 Ricordi critical edition, and somehow unveil world premieres of three Vivaldi concertos. Their period-instrument performance of The Four Seasons is beautifully played and recorded. Andrea Marcon's conducting stretches the Adagio movements out, but the group makes up for lost time in some feverish Allegro sections.

Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi and others: Andromeda Liberata (2004)

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Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi and others: Andromeda Liberata (2004)

Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi and others: Andromeda Liberata (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 496 Mb | Total time: 51:28+46:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Production | # 477 0982 | Recorded: 2004

Andromeda Liberata is a serenata, or two-part ceremonial cantata with a hint of allegorical storyline, given in Venice on September 18, 1726, in honor of visiting Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. Most early eighteenth century works of this type are so courtly, genteel, and refined that often their common destiny is to languish and gather dust on the shelves of some archive rather than be promoted and performed. Andromeda Liberata is an exception in that parts of it are traceable to the pen of one Antonio Vivaldi, whose varied and outstanding contribution to other types of works, including opera, are well noted elsewhere. Vivaldi, however, is not solely responsible for the score; although the musicological jury is still out on many sections contained within Andromeda Liberata, among the suspect roster may be found other prominent names (Tomaso Albinoni, Nicola Porpora, and Antonio Lotti) and some lesser ones (Giovanni Porta and Antonino Biffi).

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Senatori de la gioiosa Marca - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, Violin Concertos (2008)

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Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Senatori de la gioiosa Marca - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, Violin Concertos (2008)

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Senatori de la gioiosa Marca - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, Violin Concertos (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 978 Mb | Total time: 53:00+54:10+75:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 93091 | Recorded: 1992, 1995, 1996

The program begins with the most famous Vivaldi work of all, programmatic or not, the four violin concertos known as Le Quattro Stagioni or the Four Seasons. The rest of the music is much rarer.

Andrea Marcon, La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel - Handel: Parnasso in Festa (2017)

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Andrea Marcon, La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel - Handel: Parnasso in Festa (2017)

Andrea Marcon, La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel - Handel: Parnasso in Festa (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 602 Mb | Total time: 44:12+72:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC5186643 | Recorded: 2016

Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel sparkle in this new release of Handel's forgotten masterpiece Parnasso in testa, recorded shortly before their hugely successful Netherlands premiere of the opera in November 2016.

Andrea Marcon, La Cetra, Vokalensemble Basel - Antonio Caldara: La concordia de' pianeti (2014)

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Andrea Marcon, La Cetra, Vokalensemble Basel - Antonio Caldara: La concordia de' pianeti (2014)

Andrea Marcon, La Cetra, Vokalensemble Basel - Antonio Caldara: La concordia de' pianeti (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 556 Mb | Total time: 58:14+49:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 002156402 | Recorded: 2014

This release marks the world-premiere recording and rediscovery of Antonio Caldara’s La Concordia de’ pianeti, a musical serenade of operatic magnitude composed for the court of Austrian Emperor Karl VI, featuring the creme de la creme of the day’s singers, including the legendary castrato Carestini (Franco Fagioli’s part).
Unearthed and edited by Andrea Marcon, the piece offers a series of virtuosic arias, breath-taking cantilenas and ethereal duets performed by some of the finest singers of today.
Franco Fagioli and Daniel Behle, two of today’s hottest vocalists, lead a distinctive cast of early music “shining stars”, including soprano Veronica Cangemi in a welcome return to Deutsche Grammophon / Archiv. The dynamic La Cetra Barockorchester, one of the most coveted period ensembles active today, lends an idiomatic touch to the program.
This is a major new release under the Archiv imprint featuring a world-class cast of singers. The opera is new to the repertoire and the catalogue altogether and has been recorded both in studio conditions and live performances in Dortmund.