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Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Vivaldi: Ottone in villa (2010)

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Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Vivaldi: Ottone in villa (2010)

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Vivaldi: Ottone in villa (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 644 Mb | Total time: 135:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP30493 | Recorded: 2010

Vivaldi's first opera, Ottone in Villa (loosely, Ottone's Vacation), is something of an anomaly in the composer's output of largely tragic, heroic works: a pastoral comedy. Written in 1713 when the composer was 35, Ottone demonstrates Vivaldi's instinctive grasp of the operatic form and his gifts for characterization and dramatic development. Naïve continues its admirable series, The Vivaldi Edition, with this outstanding recording of the opera, a real gem. Giovanni Antonini leads Il Giardino Armonico, which plays with gleaming transparency. The performance is wonderfully lively and the opera's dancing energy is conveyed with high spirits and humor. Vivaldi is not a composer usually associated with comedy, so Ottone surprises with its wealth of delightful, sly wit.

Ottavio Dantone, Accentus, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle (2014)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accentus, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle (2014)

Ottavio Dantone, Accentus, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 60:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | V 5409 | Recorded: 2014

This live recording brings a new and fresh light on Rossini's most famous works after Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The concert took place in Paris - Basilique de Saint-Denis, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the work, first performed in March 1864, in Paris. The amazing quality of the solo voices (Julia Lezhneva, Delphine Galou, Michael Spyres, Alexander Vinogradov) meets the dynamic and delicate direction of Ottavio Dantone and is supported by the unique atmosphere of accentus chamber choir.

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.

Julia Lezhneva, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Alleluia: Vivaldi, Handel, Porpora, Mozart (2013)

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Julia Lezhneva, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Alleluia: Vivaldi, Handel, Porpora, Mozart (2013)

Julia Lezhneva, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Alleluia: Vivaldi, Handel, Porpora, Mozart (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 60:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 478 5242 | Recorded: 2012

The young Russian soprano makes her solo debut on Decca with cantatas by Handel, Mozart, Porpora and Vivaldi which showcase her scintillating coloratura, tonal clarity and warmth, and radiant middle register; Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini accompany with panache.

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic, Julia Lezhneva - Handel: Alessandro (2012)

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic, Julia Lezhneva - Handel: Alessandro (2012)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic, Julia Lezhneva - Handel: Alessandro (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 968 Mb | Total time: 78:07+66:04+45:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 4699 | Recorded: 2011

Handels ninth major opera for London, Alessandro was written as a showcase for the Rival Queens, the two famous Italian sopranos Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni whose supposed enmity, both personal and professional, not only generated good publicity for Handels latest opera but also added extra dramatic frisson to the two divas jealous clashes on stage.

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Hasse: Siroe, Re di Persia (2014)

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Hasse: Siroe, Re di Persia (2014)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Hasse: Siroe, Re di Persia (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 894 Mb | Total time: 170:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 6768 | Recorded: 2014

The rediscovery of the almost forgotten opera seria repertory of the 18th century has led to spectacular aria recitals by stars as big as Renée Fleming as well as a host of European and American specialists. Recordings of entire operas, other than those by Handel, have been a good deal rarer; even Vivaldi hasn't really gotten his due. Now comes this major-label release of an opera by Johann Adolf Hasse, a German composer who conquered Italy (they called him "Il Caro Sassone," the dear Saxon) and married one of the leading sopranos of the age, Faustina Bordoni. Siroe is an adapation of a story also set by Handel, in a slightly different version; the libretto here is by Pietro Metastasio, despite his cancer-evoking name the most famous operatic dramatist of the century.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Julia Lezhneva, Philippe Jaroussky - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Laudate pueri; Confitebor (2013)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Julia Lezhneva, Philippe Jaroussky - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Laudate pueri; Confitebor (2013)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Julia Lezhneva, Philippe Jaroussky - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Laudate pueri; Confitebor (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 71:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 319147 2 | Recorded: 2012

Russian Julia Lezhneva here shows an admirably gutsy attitude toward developing her repertory, avoiding familiar milestones in favor of an original project. Here she is paired with French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in a program of works by Pergolesi for two high voices, strings, and continuo: the Stabat mater, for which there are plenty of other recordings, and the less-common Laudate pueri dominum and Confitebor tibi Domine. The distinctive feature here – which might tempt some to use the word "gimmick," but listen before doing so – is that Lezhneva fashions her voice into a very close copy of Jaroussky's, which is not at all an easy thing to do. Put this together with the precise, rather edgy playing of I Barocchisti under Diego Fasolis, and the result is a rather otherworldly Stabat mater.