Antonio Vivaldi: Opera Arias and Sacred Music

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
French soprano Sandrine Piau has been featured regularly on Naïve's exemplary Vivaldi series, and this disc of 18 arias and ensembles from his operas and sacred works have been culled from those previous releases. The album is organized around repertoire that the composer wrote for some of his favorite singers, who had widely diverse temperaments and vocal specialties, so it's a testimony to Piau's versatility that she pulls off these varied selections with such naturalness and panache. Her light, silvery voice is not large, but it has a gleaming purity and her formidably solid technique and effortless-sounding flexibility make her ideal for Vivaldi's outrageously ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
French soprano Sandrine Piau has been featured regularly on Naïve's exemplary Vivaldi series, and this disc of 18 arias and ensembles from his operas and sacred works have been culled from those previous releases. The album is organized around repertoire that the composer wrote for some of his favorite singers, who had widely diverse temperaments and vocal specialties, so it's a testimony to Piau's versatility that she pulls off these varied selections with such naturalness and panache. Her light, silvery voice is not large, but it has a gleaming purity and her formidably solid technique and effortless-sounding flexibility make her ideal for Vivaldi's outrageously demanding vocal lines. The composer has been criticized for writing for the voice as if it were an instrument, giving his vocal lines about as much thought about breathing as he gave his music for violin. That evaluation may not be entirely fair, but it's easy to see how the difficulty of the vocal lines could create that impression. Piau has the wherewithal not only to negotiate the lines, but to give them graceful shape and invest them with potent emotional substance. The florid virtuosity and agility of which she is capable is on full display in arias like the rapid-fire "Alma oppressa da sorte crudele" from "La Fida ninfa," the opera that's the source of some of the most impressive material on the album, and two of the arias from the motet "In furore giustissimae irae." She is equally impressive in the slower arias like "Tunc meus fletus," from the same motet, which require limpid, long-breathed, legato phrasing. Some of the most appealing tracks are the ensembles, in which Piau is joined by singers like soprano Verónica Cangemi, mezzo-sopranos Ann Hallenberg and Guillemette Laurens, and counter tenor Philippe Jaroussky. The quartets "Cosi, su gl'occhi miei?" from "La Fida ninfa," and "Anima del cor mio," from "La Candace," are real standouts. The accompanying forces -- Jean-Christophe Spinosi leading Ensemble Matheus, Federico Maria Sardelli leading Modo Antiquo, and Ottavio Dantone leading Accademia Bizantina -- are all stellar, providing exquisitely lively and sensitive support. The sonic ambience somewhat varies from track to track because of the source recordings, but the sound is never less than excellent, always immaculately clean, and well balanced.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2010
  • Label: Naive
  • UPC: 709861305087
  • Catalog Number: 30508
  • Sales rank: 153,197

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714: Aria. Alma oppressa da sorte crudele - Antonio Vivaldi & Sandrine Piau (4:53)
  2. 2 In furore giustissimae irae, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 626: Aria. In Furore iustissimae irae - Antonio Vivaldi & Sandrine Piau (4:29)
  3. 3 La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714: Aria. Dalla gioia e dall'amore - Antonio Vivaldi & Sandrine Piau (3:23)
  4. 4 La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714: Aria. Il mio cor, a chi la diede - Antonio Vivaldi & Sandrine Piau (5:50)
  5. 5 Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112), for voice, flute, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G major, RV 601: Gloria Patri et Filio - Antonio Vivaldi & Sandrine Piau (4:03)
  6. 6 La Candace, o siano Li veri amici, opera in 3 acts (only 11 arias & 1 quartet extant), RV 704: Aria. Usignoli che piangete - Antonio Vivaldi & Modo Antiquo (3:42)
  7. 7 La Candace, o siano Li veri amici, opera in 3 acts (only 11 arias & 1 quartet extant), RV 704: Aria. Certo timor ch'ho in petto - Antonio Vivaldi & Modo Antiquo (4:01)
  8. 8 L' Atenaide ossia Gli affetti generosi, opera in 3 acts, RV 702: Aria. In bosco romito - Antonio Vivaldi & Modo Antiquo (6:07)
  9. 9 La Candace, o siano Li veri amici, opera in 3 acts (only 11 arias & 1 quartet extant), RV 704: Quartetto. Anima del cor mio - Antonio Vivaldi & Modo Antiquo (4:57)
  10. 10 Zeffiretti, che sussurrate, opera aria for voice, strings & continuo, RV 749.21 - Antonio Vivaldi & Paul Agnew (5:02)
  11. 11 Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112), for voice, flute, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G major, RV 601: A solis ortu - Antonio Vivaldi & Sandrine Piau (3:30)
  12. 12 La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714: Quartetto. Cosi, su gl'occhi miei? - Antonio Vivaldi & Veronica Cangemi (2:51)
  13. 13 La Silvia, opera in 3 acts (dramma pastorale, only 9 arias known to survive), RV 734: Aria. Quell'augellin - Antonio Vivaldi & Modo Antiquo (4:00)
  14. 14 L' Atenaide ossia Gli affetti generosi, opera in 3 acts, RV 702: Aria. Della rubella - Antonio Vivaldi & Modo Antiquo (3:51)
  15. 15 In furore giustissimae irae, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 626: Aria. Tunc meus fietus - Antonio Vivaldi & Sandrine Piau (6:09)
  16. 16 In furore giustissimae irae, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 626: Aria. Alleluia - Antonio Vivaldi & Sandrine Piau (1:33)
  17. 17 L' Atenaide ossia Gli affetti generosi, opera in 3 acts, RV 702: Aria. Son colpevole a' tuoi lumi - Antonio Vivaldi & Modo Antiquo (4:37)
  18. 18 La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714: Trio. S'egli è ver, che la sua rota - Antonio Vivaldi & Sandrine Piau (3:19)
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Sandrine Piau Primary Artist
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