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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Cavalli: La virtu de strali d'Amore (2011/2008)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Cavalli: La virtu de strali d'Amore (2011/2008)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Cavalli: La virtù de strali d'Amore (2011/2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 2.83+6.21 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 150 min
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, Italiano

La virtù de’ strali d’Amore was the first of ten operas Cavalli wrote with librettist Giovanni Faustini. Set in Cyprus, the plot involves enchanted and pastoral elements, love and its thwarting, the counterpointing of Man and God, sorcery, revelation and ultimate resolution, all accomplished in a brilliant series of scenes. A follower of Monteverdi, Cavalli reveals the influence of the older man but also his own pronounced independence. Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante have become one of the most admired partnerships in the history of baroque music performance.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Vivaldi: L'estro armonico (1998)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Vivaldi: L'estro armonico (1998)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Vivaldi: L'estro armonico (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 539 Mb | Total time: 46:20+53:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45315 2 | Recorded: 1997-98

This was the great collection of 12 varied and exciting violin concertos that turned Bach on to concerto writing. In fact, he transcribed several of these works for solo harpsichord, organ–even for harpsichords and orchestra. What fascinated him most was the balanced, three-movement form, the brilliance of the solo passages, the tunefulness of the music generally, and Vivaldi's seemingly inexhaustible storehouse of invention. When a composer ventured to publish a collection such as this, he was making a major statement. This is one of the really big ones in Baroque music, and it's performed with splendid authority and an unrivaled sense of sheer joy.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Argippo (2020)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Argippo (2020)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Argippo (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 670 Mb | Total time: 2h 03' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP 7079 | Recorded: 2019

With this second contribution to the Vivaldi Edition, Fabio Biondi and his ensemble Europa Galante sign here the recording of the twentieth opera of the collection - a pasticcio in which Vivaldi ‘recycles’ hit tunes from the ‘World of Warcraft’ operas of his contemporaries.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2014) [BDRip]

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2014) [BDRip]

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2014) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 163 min | 8,87 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Japanese

This production of Anna Bolena faithfully meets the musical vision proposed by Fabio Biondi. The mise-en-scène, therefore, excludes any explicit reference to the plot’s historical time, and the events have been set at the beginning of the 1800s, when Donizetti’s opera was premièred.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per violino VI 'La boemia' (2018)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per violino VI 'La boemia' (2018)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per violino VI 'La boemia' (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 379 Mb | Total time: 68:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30572 | Recorded: 2017

Vivaldi wrote hundreds of violin concertos, yet even this tiny sample of six, written during the composer’s visit to Prague between 1730 and 1731, demonstrates in every movement his genius of harmonic and dramatic surprise. Each concerto is startlingly original, from the opening movement of the E Minor RV 278 that pits daring solo passages against a hypnotic, pulsing orchestra, while the same concerto’s Largo even feels modern in its angularity. A more familiar Vivaldi can be heard in the C Major RV 186, with its Italianate innocence and winsome middle Largo. But whatever the composer’s mood, Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante thrill to his ingenuity at every step.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: L'oracolo in Messenia (2012)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: L'oracolo in Messenia (2012)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: L'oracolo in Messenia (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 814 Mb | Total time: 79.49+76.52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999960 254726 | Recorded: 2012

This is the world-premiere recording of L’Oracolo in Messenia, an opera prepared by Vivaldi for Vienna and now reconstructed by Fabio Biondi. He leads this triumphant performance, which opened the 2011 Resonanzen festival in the Austrian capital with a high-powered cast including Ann Hallenberg, Vivica Genaux and rising soprano Julia Lezhneva.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Santissima Annunziata (2010)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Santissima Annunziata (2010)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Santissima Annunziata (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 420 Mb | Total time: 79:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Misteria Paschalia Collection | MPC 002 | Recorded: 2007

La Santissima Annunziata est un oratorio d'Alessandro Scarlatti, écrit pour solistes (SSSAT) cordes et basse continue, créé à Rome au Palazzo della Cancelleria en 1700 ou 1703, sur un livret italien de Pietro Ottoboni.
Présenté pour la première fois le 3 avril 1700 au Palazzo della Cancelleria de Rome (résidence du cardinal) et repris postérieurement, au moins dans autres deux occasions : le 1er avril 1703 et le 25 mars 1708 (palazzo Ruspoli). Le fait qu'une annonce de la représentation de 1700 attribue la responsabilité de la musique à Giovanni Lorenzo Lulier, musicien attaché à Ottoboni, a fait douter sur le véritable auteur de celle-ci.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Concerti Grossi (1995)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Concerti Grossi (1995)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Concerti Grossi (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 53:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-104 | Recorded: 1994

Het ensemble Europe Galante, onder leiding van Fabio Biondi, is sinds zijn oprichting in 1989 uitgegroeid tot één van de belangrijkste muziekgroepen op het gebied van de zeventiende- en achttiende-eeuwse Italiaanse barokmuziek. Op het programma staan dan ook verschillende Italiaanse componisten uit die tijd. Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762) en Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764) waren in hun tijd beroemd om hun virtuoos vioolspel. Hun muziek is tegelijk vurig en virtuoos, maar blijft steeds elegant en hoogst melodieus.

Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cain overo Il Primo Omicidio (1992)

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Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cain overo Il Primo Omicidio (1992)

Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cain overo Il Primo Omicidio (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 747 Mb | Total time: 66:07+71:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-75/76 | Recorded: 1992

La célèbre épopée biblique relatant le meurtre d’Abel par Caïn est connue de tous, mais la mise en scène qu’Alessandro Scarlatti lui a dédiée l’est beaucoup moins. Thème récurant pour les oratorios italiens au XVIIe siècle, le sujet est traité ici à la manière d’une histoire policière. Avec un effectif musical réduit, il nous transporte dans un univers baroque étourdissant. Les accents lyriques sont d’une expressivité rare tandis que l’orchestre, faisant preuve de beaucoup de psychologie, exulte. Par bonheur, la prise de son est à l’avenant. Les divers plans sonores sont respectés avec une très belle transparence et une foule de détails sur les voix et sur les instruments.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Italian Violin Sonatas (2003)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Italian Violin Sonatas (2003)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Italian Violin Sonatas (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 381 Mb | Total time: 70:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45588 2 | Recorded: 2002

One tends to associate the virtuoso violin repertoire with the 19th century, but in their own way these five sonatas, written between 1714 and 1743, offer an equally dazzling display of speed, facility, bow control and tonal variety. No wonder: the composers were among the foremost violin virtuosos of their time, as well as tireless innovators of technique and style; several even wrote treatises on violin playing. The earliest, and least familiar, is Michele Mascitti, a Neapolitan who moved to Paris when he was 30. His "Psyché," the program's only piece in a major key, is a divertissement in ten short "tableaux" on the theme of Cupid and Psyche, with the violin and continuo as the two protagonists. Refined and elegant, varied in texture, expression and character, it ranges from tender love songs to slow and fast dances, including a wild Badinage.

David Daniels, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe mala (2001)

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David Daniels, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe mala (2001)

David Daniels, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe mala (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 258 Mb | Total time: 55:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45474 2 | Recorded: 2001

The "Stabat Mater" is most substantial. Alternating recitatives and arias, often framed by instrumental ritornellos, it is heartbreakingly mournful, but ends peacefully before closing with a whole aria on "Amen." The other two works are real bravura pieces for the singer. They cover an enormous range and are full of florid coloratura passages and wide leaps. "Nisi Dominus" is very dramatic, with mysterious chromatic lines and big climaxes; "Longe mala" goes from defiant vehemence through fervent entreaty to serene resignation.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante, Dorothea Roschmann, David Daniels - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina (2006)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante, Dorothea Roschmann, David Daniels - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina (2006)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante, Dorothea Röschmann, David Daniels - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 269 Mb | Total time: 57:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 363340 2 | Recorded: 2005

The market is loaded with recordings of Pergolesi's beautiful, graceful "Stabat Mater" and there are also plenty of versions of both "Salve Regina" selections to choose from. The young Pergolesi, who died at age 26, had a flair for the theater and the "Stabat Mater" was often accused of being too operatic. Fabio Biondi presents it (and the other two pieces) without much sentimentality and he uses a vastly reduced orchestra–a mere three violins, viola, cello, double bass, and theorbo (and organ)–which brings the stark religiosity to the forefront. That is not to say that these pieces aren't sensual as well; soprano Dorothea Röschmann's mesmerizing, warm tone and David Daniel's flawless, forwardly placed countertenor are lush enough to create drama of their own. And Biondi chooses tempi that are quick enough to give each movement thrust while lingering on Pergolesi's dissonances effectively. The two "Salve Regina" selections are scored for one voice each and each soloist shines brightly. Among the many versions of these works, this new set stands out.
–Robert Levine

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Francesco Cavalli: La Didone (2010)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Francesco Cavalli: La Didone (2010)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Francesco Cavalli: La Didone (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 607 Mb | Total time: 75:12+65:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS537 | Recorded: 2006

Didone is an opera, set to a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello (later librettist for Claudio Monteverdi). The opera was first performed at Venice's Teatro San Cassiano during 1641. The plot is based on Virgil's Aeneid (Book 4 in particular), though Busenello, in his second libretto for Cavalli, replaces Dido's tragic suicide of Virgil with a happy ending in which Dido marries Iarbas, King of the Getuli, who saves Dido from herself after Aeneas abandons her. The action is divided into a prologue and 3 acts.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Santissima Trinita (2004)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Santissima Trinita (2004)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Santissima Trinità (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 67:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45666 2 | Recorded: 2003

With this exciting release, Fabio Biondi, the outstanding Europa Galante, and a cast led by stars Véronique Gens and Vivica Genaux strike a decisive blow for Alessandro Scarlatti's obscure Oratorio per la Santissima Trinità. Old-fashioned even in its day, the work is a musicalized instructional debate about the mysteries of the Holy Trinity between the allegorical personae of Faith, Theology, Faithlessness, Time, and Divine Love. If you're asleep already, it's for good reason. The libretto is the definition of dry – boring both for its rhetorical contrivance and its verbosity. But before you run for the nearest exit, know that Scarlatti responded to this uninspired mess of ideological bickering with outstanding music, entertaining from beginning to end. Drawing only on a small ensemble of strings and continuo, he created an improbably diverse-sounding score full of infectious rhythms, appealing vocal melodies, and rich textures. The recitatives are lavished with the same melodic care and detail as the arias and ensembles, and the personality of each character is etched into his music. Listening, one might think the plot revolves around a love affair, or a social intrigue. Certainly not wave upon wave of phrases like "One cannot believe it, but only raise one's eyebrows in stupefaction." In other words, if you can ignore the text it's an immensely fun listen, and a great example of the stylistic fluidity of Scarlatti's music in 1715.