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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet) (2020)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet) (2020)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet) (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 752 Mb | Total time: 67:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP 7080 | Recorded: 2020

Thanks to this tenth recording by Accademia Bizantina in the central core of the Vivaldi Edition, Il Tamerlano can now take its justly earned place in the Vivaldi catalogue, helping to renew the name and reputation of Timur, the Tartar emperor whose memory was later overshadowed by the Ottoman sultan. Vivaldi's opera was first performed during the Venice Carnival of 1735, and resurrected in 2005 under the title Bajazet. Here, under the musical direction of Ottavio Dantone, we have a sextet of dramatically engaged virtuoso soloists, and an orchestra that is perfectly aware of Vivaldi's musical dialectic. All the soloists are superbly well equipped to deal with the Red Priest's acrobatic and inventive writing here seen in the context of several of his contemporaries.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: Faramondo (2009)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: Faramondo (2009)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: Faramondo (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 894 Mb | Total time: 65:59+48:52+51:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 2 16611 2 9 | Recorded: 2008

Until it was revived in the late twentieth century, Handel's opera Faramondo was performed just eight times in London in 1738 and then fell into obscurity. According to the conventions of Italian opera of the period, men's roles were often written for women, in spite of the lack of dramatic realism, and the use of castrati was common, so higher voices strongly predominate. Handel wrote the title role, which would have gone to a castrato, usually a male alto, for Cafarelli, who had the range of a mezzo-soprano.

Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza, Roberta Invernizzi, Marina De Liso - Handel: Duetti da Camera (2014)

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Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza, Roberta Invernizzi, Marina De Liso - Handel: Duetti da Camera (2014)

Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza, Roberta Invernizzi, Marina De Liso - Handel: Duetti da Camera (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 366 Mb | Total time: 64:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 921516 | Recorded: 2013

George Frideric Handel’s Duetti da camera from La Risonanza represent a welcome extension of the ensemble’s award-winning series of Handel solo cantatas on Glossa, and come with the luxurious vocal pairing of Roberta Invernizzi and Marina De Liso.

David Stern, Opera Fuoco - Johann Christian Bach: Zanaida (2012)

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David Stern, Opera Fuoco - Johann Christian Bach: Zanaida (2012)

David Stern, Opera Fuoco - Johann Christian Bach: Zanaida (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 634 Mb | Total time: 128:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoire | ZZT312 | Recorded: 2012

After a long war, Turkish emperor Soliman and Persian sophi Tamasse decide to seal the peace between their two countries and, to this end, exchange hostages. The preliminary treaty stipulates that, in order to make this alliance solid, Tamasse will wed Zanaida, Soliman s daughter. Meanwhile, the sophi falls in love with Osira, a Persian hostage sent by the emperor. This is where the action of this opera begins, the plot skillfully mixing Tamasse s infidelity, Zanaida s magnanimity, and Osira s ambition. It is a particularly appealing opera by the fourth and last of Johann Sebastian s sons, whose life was atypical for a Bach, for he carried out his career not in Germany but in Italy and England.

Fabio Biondi, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra - Alessandro Scarlatti: Carlo Re d'Alemagna (2013)

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Fabio Biondi, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra - Alessandro Scarlatti: Carlo Re d'Alemagna (2013)

Fabio Biondi, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra - Alessandro Scarlatti: Carlo Re d'Alemagna (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 824 Mb | Total time: 66:56+62:19+40:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: agOgique | # AGO015 | Recorded: 2009

Fabio Biondi returns with the first recording of 'Carlo, Re d'Alemagna' by Alessandro Scarlatti, first performed in Naples in January 1716. The opera was resurrected in 2003 by Biondi (the leader of the innovative ensemble Europa Galante) who led a concert performance with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. This studio recording was made in late 2009. It is in many ways a typical example of Neapolitan Baroque opera with action assigned to the recitatives whilst the characters are developed during the arias. The opera deals with the accession to power and its exercise: an ever present problem in many ways and about the legitimacy of Carlo, successor to the late king. A mixture of opera seria and opera buffo, a requirement for the contemporary Neapolitan public c1690, is also found here.

Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2007)

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Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2007)

Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 622 Mb | Total time: 52:34+62:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GES 920913-E | Recorded: 2006

As part of their comprehensive survey of the music of Claudio Monteverdi, Claudio Cavina and La Venexiana delivered an exceptional version of L’Orfeo, a reading which had been honed by their trailblazing interpretations of the composer’s madrigals. This highly-esteemed recording of the favola in musica – critics applauded and fêted it in many different countries – subsequently dropped out of the catalogue and Glossa is very pleased to have the opportunity to return it there as part of this year’s 450th anniversary commemorations of the composer’s birth.

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2008)

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Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2008)

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 808 Mb | Total time: 166:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 095-2 | Recorded: 2002

Vivaldi's operas are rarely recorded and even less often performed, but happily they are gradually gaining more exposure. The most familiar and most frequently recorded is his 1727 Orlando Furioso. The fact that it has been on the public's radar is due largely to an excellent 1977 recording starring Marilyn Horne and Victoria de los Angeles, which has been reissued on Erato. The opera has since been recorded twice, and a DVD of a 1989 San Francisco Opera production featuring Horne and Kathleen Kuhlmann has been released. The newer CDs are extraordinarily fine; in choosing between Naïve's 2005 version led by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and this CPO release conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli, the listener is in a win-win position. Both feature stellar soloists, who are also compelling actors, and beautiful orchestral playing.