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Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti - Giovanni Bononcini: San Nicola di Bari (2008)

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Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti - Giovanni Bononcini: San Nicola di Bari (2008)

Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti - Giovanni Bononcini: San Nicola di Bari (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 425 Mb | Total time: 81:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ramée | # RAM 0806 | Recorded: 2007

Within the vast repertoire of the Baroque oratorio, San Nicola di Bari is unique in two ways. It is the only composition to treat a scene from Saint Nicholas' life, and the only one that emerged from the long and successful collaboration between the librettist Silvio Stampiglia and the composer Giovanni Bononcini. Ramée hopes that this recording of Bononcini's most successful oratorio will awaken some curiosity about the many other masterpieces of a composer who has, unfortunately and undeservedly, dwelled too long in the shadows.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Antonio Vivaldi: Armida al campo d'Egitto (2010)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Antonio Vivaldi: Armida al campo d'Egitto (2010)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Antonio Vivaldi: Armida al campo d'Egitto (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 693 Mb | Total time: 62:09+67:01+41:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30492 | Recorded: 2009

Armida is the tenth opera in the Vivaldi Edition; it's the second one to be recorded by Rinaldo Alessandrini (their first was L’Olimpiade). It's a great success. Marking the end of Vivaldi's first period in Venice, it lacks music for Act II. Alessandrini has reconstructed it here using carefully chosen existing music of the composer with the assistance of the musicologist Frédéric Delaméa.

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Antonio Vivaldi & Francesco Corselli: Farnace (2002)

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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Antonio Vivaldi & Francesco Corselli: Farnace (2002)

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Antonio Vivaldi & Francesco Corselli: Farnace (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 999 Mb | Total time: 70:04+66:00+39:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: AliaVox | # AV 9822 A/C | Recorded: 2001

Farnace was apparently one of Vivaldi's favorite operas, because he mounted numerous productions in various cities, and wrote six versions of the score, more than of any of his other operas. The conventions of operatic vocal characterizations that came to be standard – higher voices in the sympathetic roles, and lower voices in villainous roles – had not yet been established, and Farnace features a baritone and contralto in the heroic roles, with a soprano as the villain. Soprano Adriana Fernández shines as the wicked Berenice, who is redeemed at the very last minute. She has a full, creamy voice that she deploys appealing agility and warmth. As Tamira, contralto Sara Mingardo sings with power, authority, and deep feeling. In the title role, baritone Furio Zanasi is appropriately heroic, with a rich, refined timbre and the expressive depth to create sympathy for the conflicted protagonist, but he doesn't always have the necessary strength at the bottom of his range. One of his arias, the lyrical and poignant "Gelido in ogni vena," is among the composer's loveliest creations.