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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte (2010)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte (2010)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 783 Mb | Total time: 65:05+78:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099969454509 | Recorded: 2008

There is no complete surviving score for Vivaldi's Ercole su'l Termodonte, but there is enough existing material that modern scholars have been able to reconstruct it primarily by making new settings of the lost recitatives. The first production of the opera since Vivaldi's time was at Spoleto in 2006 in a version by Alessandro Ciccolini, which was released as a DVD. Conductor Fabio Biondi made a version introduced in Venice in 2007, which is recorded on this 2010 Virgin CD. Biondi's recording has the advantage of two international superstars in the leading roles, tenor Rolando Villazón and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and soprano Diana Damrau is nearly in their league. Villazón's earthy voice is usually associated with 19th century and verismo Italian repertoire, but he has an acute sensitivity to Baroque vocal style, and his robust, almost baritonal tenor is entirely appropriate for a larger-than-life character like Hercules.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Demofoonte (2020)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Demofoonte (2020)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Demofoonte (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 1.10 Gb | Total time: 192:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | 95283 | Recorded: 2014, 2015

Demofoonte dates from the early Milan years of Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), long before the radical reform operas for which he is most famous and his break with opera seria and the librettos of Pietro Metastasio. Gluck arrived in the northern Italian city in 1737 and was mentored there by composer Giovanni Battista Sammartini. Though Sammartini primarily composed symphonies and music for the church, Milan boasted a vibrant opera scene, and Gluck soon formed an association with one of the city's up-and-coming opera houses, the Teatro Regio Ducal.

Stefano Demicheli, La Stagione Armonica, Dolce & Tempesta - Porpora: Notturni per i Defunti (2007)

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Stefano Demicheli, La Stagione Armonica, Dolce & Tempesta - Porpora: Notturni per i Defunti (2007)

Stefano Demicheli, La Stagione Armonica, Dolce & Tempesta - Porpora: Notturni per i Defunti (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 69:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | FUG 526 | Recorded: 2006

An outstanding Italian musican, Stefano Demicheli has been René Jacobs' closest assistant for many years and with him has performed on Europe's main opera stages. A distinguished harpsichordist, who studied with Ottavio Dantone, he is now the leader of the Dolce & Tempesta ensemble, consisting of the best soloists from the European period instrument ensembles.This new recording on Fuga Libera gives us the world première of the three Notturni composed c.1740 by Porpora, Handel's strongest rival in London, for the All Souls Day in Naples. Carried by one of the most powerfully expressive texts in the Christian canon, this is an opportunity to hear two stunning soloists: Monica Piccinini and Romina Basso and also the Stagione Armonica of Padova.

Romina Basso, Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: New Discoveries (2009)

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Romina Basso, Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: New Discoveries (2009)

Romina Basso, Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: New Discoveries (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 353 Mb | Total time: 68:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP 30480 | Recorded: 2008

Over the past ten years, thanks in part to the stimulus of the Vivaldi Edition project, several manuscripts by Vivaldi have surfaced in different countries. Federico Maria Sardelli has decided to record the finest of them. So this recording does indeed present new works by Vivaldi. The content is very diverse, ranging from a motet, which is performed by the mezzo-soprano Romina Basso, to an Oboe Concerto, a Recorder Concerto, arias and other gems. There is a clear pattern to these discoveries. Almost all come from peripheral sources, and most appear to originate from special commissions at the margin of the composer’s activity.

Jan Tomasz Adamus, Capella Cracoviensis - Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria (2016)

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Jan Tomasz Adamus, Capella Cracoviensis - Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria (2016)

Jan Tomasz Adamus, Capella Cracoviensis - Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 867 Mb | Total time: 177:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 483 0004 | Recorded: 2015

New love, position, power, revenge, disguise, mistaken identity, complications and passionate devotion – the full spectrum of baroque opera seria is here in this new recording of Pergolesi’s ‘Adriano In Siria’. Franco Fagioli leads the cast, alongside Romina Basso, Yuriy Mynenko, Dilyara Idrisova, Juan Sancho and Cigdem Soyarslan, accompanied by the exuberant Polish orchestra Capella Cracoviensis under the baton of Jan Tomasz Adamus. Famed for his Stabat Mater, Pergolesi died aged just 26 but had already completed four opera seria; ‘Adriano in Siria’ is the third of these and has a libretto by Metastasio.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.22 Gb | Total time: 77:55+74:08+68:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP30536 | Recorded: 2011

This exciting studio recording is the second project resulting from the collaboration between Marie-Nicole Lemieux Karina Gauvin and conductor and harpsichordist Alan Curtis' award winning Complesso Barocco. Giulio Cesare is one of Handel's most renowned operas and the role of Giulio Cesare is considered to be one of the most beautiful roles in the baroque opera. The full vocal cast is stunning and Alan Curtis shows once again why he is considered one of the world's leading Handel specialists.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice (2010)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice (2010)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 890 Mb | Total time: 60:29+51:14+54:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999 628536 2 | Recorded: 2009

Berenice is one of those slightly problematic operas which seem to work better in the theatre where the gender of the characters is (usually) more obvious. Here we have a pair of low voices, one singing a man and one a woman, and a pair of high voices similarly paired. Curtis has chosen a beautifully balanced cast. But it is one where the voices are not highly distinctive so that you sometimes have to concentrate to tell whether Berenice or Alessandro is singing, or Selene or Arsace. If you listen to the opera with the libretto these sort of problems disappear.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 767 Mb | Total time: 56:11+45:25+46:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 7106 | Recorded: 2006

For the 1727 season – the waning days of opera's popularity in London – transplanted German composer George Frederick Handel wrote no less than three operas for the English capital's stage. Tolomeo, rè d'Egitto was the last and least enthusiastically received of them. Unsuccessfully revived in 1730 and then again in 1733, Tolomeo was unperformed for the next 200 years, and even now, it remains one of Handel's least performed and recorded operas. Prior to this Archiv set, only a 1995 Vox recording of the work with Richard Auldon Clark leading the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra had been released in the digital era.

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015)

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 75:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 478 8099 | Recorded: 2014

The history of opera is inseparably linked with the biographies of singers; audiences have always been fascinated by both musical prowess and behind the scenes goings-on. The battle for prestige and fame was heated and passionate in the Baroque era, with legendary rivalries. Fiercely competitive, Cuzzoni and Bordoni were among the most acclaimed divas of the age, resorting to fisticuffs on stage. Present-day prima donnas Genaux, Prina, Nesi and Basso now follow in the footsteps of their fervid predecessors, presenting on disc a tongue-in-cheek survey of standout arias for mezzo soprano and contralto.

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.

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, 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.

Romina Basso, Markellos Chryssicos, Latinitas Nostra - Lamento (2014)

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Romina Basso, Markellos Chryssicos, Latinitas Nostra - Lamento (2014)

Romina Basso, Markellos Chryssicos, Latinitas Nostra - Lamento (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 381 Mb | Total time: 64:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V5390 | Recorded: 2010

This is the first solo recital recording of mezzo soprano Romina Basso, yet currently one of the most busy and outstanding baroque specialists. Recorded in Athens with the Greek musicians of the Latinitas Notra ensemble and led by Markellos Chryssicos, this striking record offers incandescent and special performances of Italian baroque masterpieces that feature among the most heart-rending, including: Monteverdi’s 'Lamento d’Arianna', Rossi’s 'Lamento della regina di Svezia' and Strozzi’s 'Lagrime mie'.

Giulio Prandi, Ghislieri Choir & Consort - Galuppi: Sacred Music (2011)

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Giulio Prandi, Ghislieri Choir & Consort - Galuppi: Sacred Music (2011)

Giulio Prandi, Ghislieri Choir & Consort - Galuppi: Sacred Music (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 76:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697895982 | Recorded: 2010

The works on this disc—an undated Dixit Dominus, the Nisi Dominus of 1777, the Kyrie originally composed in 1746 and extensively revised in 1782, the Gloria of 1779, and the Credo of 1781—owe much to the Venetian School of the late Baroque, especially the sacred music of Vivaldi. [Several notable works previously attributed to Galuppi have, upon academic scrutiny, been re-attributed to Vivaldi, in fact.] On the surface, it seems surprising that music dating primarily from the last quarter of the Eighteenth Century is so comparatively little influenced by Classicism as it was then developing north of the Alps. It should be remembered, though, that the model of Alessandro Scarlatti remained a large influence on sacred music throughout Europe well into the first decades of the Nineteenth Century.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Antonio Vivaldi: Motezuma (2006)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Antonio Vivaldi: Motezuma (2006)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Antonio Vivaldi: Motezuma (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 966 Mb | Total time: 77:00+63:41+54:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 0289 477 5996 6 | Recorded: 2005

Conductor Jean-Claude Malgoire must be kicking himself pretty hard right now. Several years ago, impatient that no trace of Antonio Vivaldi's only opera set in the New World, Motezuma, seemed to be turning up, Malgoire cobbled his own version of the work by pulling together a variety of music from other bits and scraps of Vivaldi and fitting it to the extant libretto. Lo and behold, with the rediscovery of the Berliner Singakademie collection in Russia early in this century, the manuscript of Motezuma is now a known quantity, and it turns out that Malgoire's concoction bears no resemblance whatsoever to it. Nonetheless, even he has to be grateful that this extraordinary score has been located, and now, recorded by Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco on the Archiv Produktion release Vivaldi: Motezuma.