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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: L'incoronazione di Dario (2014)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: L'incoronazione di Dario (2014)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: L'incoronazione di Dario (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 769 Mb | Total time: 64:34+68:57+43:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30553 | Recorded: 2013

'L’incoronazione di Dario' must be considered one of Vivaldi’s most successful operas. Immediately opening with exceptional arias, it moves at a rapid pace, holding the listener’s attention throughout. Recitatives are interspersed with arioso interludes and there no less than eight 'big' numbers sure to join the ranks of 'Vivaldi’s best opera arias'. The excellent cast acts out this drama with conviction: Anders Dahlin’s sings Dario, with impeccable intonation and stunning coloratura passages; Sara Mingardo, as Statira, brings great depth and beauty, most especially in her Act 2 solo Cantata accompanied only by viola da gamba.

Viktoria Mullova, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Johann Sebastian Bach: Concertos (2013)

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Viktoria Mullova, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Johann Sebastian Bach: Concertos (2013)

Viktoria Mullova, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Johann Sebastian Bach: Concertos (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 60:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Onyx | # ONYX 4114 | Recorded: 2012

Viktoria Mullova renews her partnership with long-term collaborator Ottavio Dantone in a programme of concertos for violin, offering not only the two famous concertos, but two concertos arranged for violin from the 2nd harpsichord concerto, and a concerto for violin and harpsichord which listeners may recognise from its violin and oboe guise – even this was arranged by Bach himself from the original for two harpsichords. Bach himself was a great re-user of material, and many concerto movements (including some from lost concertos) appeared in his cantatas. Mullova and Dantone have worked together for many years, both recording and in concert.

Viktoria Mullova, Ottavio Dantone - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas (2007)

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Viktoria Mullova, Ottavio Dantone - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas (2007)

Viktoria Mullova, Ottavio Dantone - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 633 Mb | Total time: 113:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Onyx | # 4020 | Recorded: 2007

Viktoria Mullova and Ottavio Dantone turn in smashing performances of Bach's six sonatas for violin and harpsichord, plus two additional items: a transcription of Trio Sonata No. 5 (for organ/clavichord) and the Sonata in G for Violin and Continuo BWV 1021. Bach's violin sonatas use the "church sonata" form; that is, they usually have opening slow movements and no quick movements modeled on dance forms. They are also unique in that they are in fact true duets between the right hand of the keyboard player and the violin, rather than solo works in which the violin sings while the harpsichord accompanies with the continuo part.

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Concerti per archi III e Concerti per viola d'amore (2018)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Concerti per archi III e Concerti per viola d'amore (2018)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Concerti per archi III e Concerti per viola d'amore (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 619 Mb | Total time: 66:21+47:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP 30570 | Recorded: 2017

A Gramophone editor's Choice, this double album brings together the third volume of Concerti per archi (strings) and the complete Concerti for viola d'amore by the Venetian genius. The Accademia Bizantina and its iconic chief Ottavio Dantone bring to this release a talent so great it is matched only by their dedication. The Vivaldi Edition is an ambitious project begun at the beginning of the century to record some 450 works by Vivaldi, many of them unknown, found in the National University Library of Turin. With the collaboration of today’s leading interpreters of Baroque music we are making available to the public hundreds of works, many in the composer’s own hand and covering every musical genre.

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: 57:45+49:31+48:22 | 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.

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.

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Handel: Rinaldo (2020)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Handel: Rinaldo (2020)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Handel: Rinaldo (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 765 Mb | Total time: 130:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: HDB Sonus | HDB-AB-OP-001 | Recorded: 2019

Ottavio Dantone leads Accademia Bizantina and a top-level cast in the new production of one of Händel's most important works, the composer's operatic debut in the UK and the first Italian opera ever written for London: Rinaldo.
The plots, magic and charm of 18th century theatre come alive today, bringing us back to the fervour of the London of the time. A real gateway to the golden age of Baroque theatre, with attention to the rules and conventions that underpin the drama for music.

Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone - Cesti: La Dori (2020)

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Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone - Cesti: La Dori (2020)

Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone - Cesti: La Dori (2020)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:40:43 | 371 Mb
Classical, Opera | Label: CPO

In 2019 the music world commemorated the 350th anniversary of the death of MarcAntonio Cesti, the greatest composer of opera comedies and the most gifted melodist of the seventeenth century. Since Cesti lived and worked in Innsbruck for many years, La Dori, his brilliant comedy of disguises and hidden identities, was the perfect choice for posthumous honors »on location.« Ottavio Dantone, who is active from the Milan Scala to the Salzburg Festival with his specialists support in the field of Baroque and Classical opera, conducted his exquisite original sound ensemble, the Accademia Bizantina on the Innsbruck opera stage and set in motion the Dori renaissance. This comedy of loves errors set by the banks of the Euphrates and at the court of Babylon is now available for audio enjoyment on cpo.

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Pietro Antonio Cesti: La Dori (2020)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Pietro Antonio Cesti: La  Dori (2020)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Pietro Antonio Cesti: La Dori (2020)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 842 Mb | Total time: 160:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO ‎| 555 309-2 | Recorded: 2019

In 2019 the music world commemorated the 350th anniversary of the death of MarcAntonio Cesti, the greatest composer of opera comedies and the most gifted melodist of the seventeenth century. Since Cesti lived and worked in Innsbruck for many years, La Dori, his brilliant comedy of disguises and hidden identities, was the perfect choice for posthumous honors »on location.« Ottavio Dantone, who is active from the Milan Scala to the Salzburg Festival with his specialists support in the field of Baroque and Classical opera, conducted his exquisite original sound ensemble, the Accademia Bizantina on the Innsbruck opera stage and set in motion the Dori renaissance. This comedy of loves errors set by the banks of the Euphrates and at the court of Babylon is now available for audio enjoyment on cpo.

Andreas Scholl, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Arias for Senesino: Handel, Albinoni, Lotti, A.Scarlatti, Porpora (2005)

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Andreas Scholl, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Arias for Senesino: Handel, Albinoni, Lotti, A.Scarlatti, Porpora (2005)

Andreas Scholl, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Arias for Senesino: Handel, Albinoni, Lotti, A.Scarlatti, Porpora (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 65:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 475 6569 | Recorded: 2004

Senesino, the voice that inspired Handel's greatest operas showpiece arias by Handel, Lotti, Albinoni, Porpora and Scarlatti. One of the truly outstanding voices of today, star countertenor Andreas Scholl celebrates one of the 18th Century's greatest vocal superstars, the remarkable male alto known as Senesino. Senesino's place in history was secured by his extraordinary association with Handel, who after travelling to Dresden to hear him, brought him to London to join his Italian Opera Company, where he was greatly celebrated by the public, and much admired by the ladies.

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per violino, vol. VII 'Per il castello' (2019)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per violino, vol. VII 'Per il castello' (2019)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per violino, vol. VII 'Per il castello' (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 370 Mb | Total time: 75:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 7078 | Recorded: 2019

This sixty-second volume of the epic Vivaldi Edition is also the seventh volume of the flamboyant Red Priests violin concertos. Here we see the ageing composer more full of life than ever, adapting to the demands of the galant style in vogue since 1725, while losing nothing of his verve and imagination. These are the sole surviving concertos of the fifteen that, during his fateful last year in Viennese exile, Vivaldi sold for a pitifully small sum to Count Vinciguerra Tommaso Collalto, a Venetian nobleman then residing in his castle at Brtnice, Moravia (the castello of this volumes title). With solo writing of extreme refinement, these works fully exploit the whole range of violinistic expression and phrasing, displaying a wealth of ornamentation and a lavishly inventive sense of lyrical cantabile virtuosity.

Ottavio Dantone, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Alessandro De Marchi - Vivaldi, Il Furioso! (2006)

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Ottavio Dantone, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Alessandro De Marchi - Vivaldi, Il Furioso! (2006)

Ottavio Dantone, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Alessandro De Marchi, Giorgio Tabacco, Alfredo Bernardini, Gottfried von der Goltz - Vivaldi, Il Furioso! (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 394 Mb | Total time: 77:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP30432 | Recorded: 2000-2006

This disc is a sampler of Vivaldi discs released by France's Naïve label, and it's highly recommended to listeners who haven't yet given these recordings a try. The group of performers is pan-European, with French singers and Italian instrumentalists especially strongly represented, but a compilation like this brings home how well this label has done at forging a unified artistic vision. Its Vivaldi indeed tends toward "furious," as the title proclaims; it is also garish, energetic, dynamically extreme, and in every way devoted to making Vivaldi out as a rebel in his time.

Antonio Vivaldi - Voices [6CDs] (2014)

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Antonio Vivaldi - Voices [6CDs] (2014)

Antonio Vivaldi - Voices: Topi Lehtipuu, Ann Hallenberg, Lorenzo Regazzo, Paul Agnew, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Sonia Prina, Sandrine Piau [6CDs] (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,97 Gb | TT: 6:26:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # NAI 30562 | Recorded: 2004-2010

This box set gathers the finest vocal recordings (opera, sacred music) from the Vivaldi Edition by some of the most reputed artists of today. Also it features the main vocal ranges: soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, bass.

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina, Andreas Scholl, Helene Guilmette - Handel: Il duello amoroso (2007)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina, Andreas Scholl, Helene Guilmette - Handel: Il duello amoroso (2007)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina, Andreas Scholl, Hélène Guilmette - Handel: Il duello amoroso (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 72:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901957 | Recorded: 2005

Harmonia Mundi's release features four secular cantatas and a trio sonata Handel wrote during his sojourn in Italy during his early twenties. The cantatas range from the mini-opera Il duello amoroso or Amarilli vezzosa, which depicts a shepherd's vain courting of a resisting nymph, to solo works in which a narrator describes similar pastoral stories, most of which also end in rejection. In Il duello amoroso, soprano Hélène Guilmette joins countertenor Andreas Scholl, and their charming banter leaves the listener saddened that the shepherd's suit was so dismally unsuccessful.

Antonio Vivaldi - Sacred Music [6CDs] (2012)

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Antonio Vivaldi - Sacred Music [6CDs] (2012)

Antonio Vivaldi - Sacred Music [6CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,87 Gb | TT: 6h 36' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP30541 | Recorded: 2001-2009

A Naïve boxed set that gathers the finest sacred works composed by Antonio Vivaldi and performed by some of the most recognized artists in this wonderful repertoire, including Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Jaroussky, Sara Mingardo, and Rinaldo Alessandrini.