Vivaldi: Bajazet

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
With this exemplary recording of Bajazet, it's safe to say that what once seemed a trickle of Vivaldi operas has become a flood. Staged for the 1735 carnival season in Verona, where Vivaldi mounted several successful productions in the 1730s, the opera relates the tragic story of Bajazet, the Ottoman sultan who was defeated in the early 15th century by the cruel despot Tamerlano, and depicts the love triangle that forms between Bajazet's daughter, Asteria, a scheming Tamerlano, and the prince Andronico. The same libretto was also taken up in Handel's Tamerlano. Like numerous other operas of the period, Bajazet is not a one-man work but a pasticcio -- a score that draws on...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
With this exemplary recording of Bajazet, it's safe to say that what once seemed a trickle of Vivaldi operas has become a flood. Staged for the 1735 carnival season in Verona, where Vivaldi mounted several successful productions in the 1730s, the opera relates the tragic story of Bajazet, the Ottoman sultan who was defeated in the early 15th century by the cruel despot Tamerlano, and depicts the love triangle that forms between Bajazet's daughter, Asteria, a scheming Tamerlano, and the prince Andronico. The same libretto was also taken up in Handel's Tamerlano. Like numerous other operas of the period, Bajazet is not a one-man work but a pasticcio -- a score that draws on multiple composers' music. Adapting to changing operatic tastes that were spurred on by new melodic currents from Naples, the Venetian Vivaldi gathered music by Hasse, Giacomelli, and Broschi the brother of the famed castrato Farinelli, as well as from his own pen, to form Bajazet -- a practice that raised no eyebrows in the Baroque, when the concept of copyright law was as far off as cell phones and e-commerce. It was this shifting style, in fact, that led to Vivaldi's descent from favor at the end of his life, and revealingly, he provided his own arias for the honorable characters here Bajazet, Asteria, and the loyal Idaspe while relegating the Neapolitan music to the ignoble ones Tamerlano, his betrothed, Irene, and Andronico. The cast of singers, splendidly accompanied by Fabio Biondi and his lively ensemble, Europa Galante, contains several early-music luminaries, and it's hard to imagine a more effective or proficient ensemble. The marvelous baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo makes a sympathetic title character, while the countertenor David Daniels, as Tamerlano, works his usual magic. The three mezzo-sopranos -- Vivica Genaux as Irene, Marijana Mijanovic as Asteria, and Elina Garanca as Andronico -- each offer stunning moments, especially Genaux's almost unbelievable virtuosity in "Qual guerriero in campo armato." Soprano Patrizia Ciofi takes the relatively minor role of Idaspe but shines in the tempest aria, "Anche il mar per che sommerga," which also appears on Cecilia Bartoli's Vivaldi Album. A bonus DVD, taped at the recording sessions, offers footage of each of the six singers in a solo aria, and the booklet contains a full translation and historical note. A must for early-music followers; and Baroque-o-phobes, too, are strongly encouraged to dip their toes into these enchanting musical waters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • UPC: 724354567629
  • Catalog Number: 45676

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–51 Bajazet (Il Tamerlano), pasticcio opera ("tragedia per musica") in 3 acts, RV703 - Antonio Vivaldi & Fabio Biondi (145:58)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byFabio Biondi
    Performed byFabio Biondi, David Daniels [countertenor], Europa Galante, Patrizia Ciofi, Vivica Genaux, Marijana Mijanovic, Elina Garanca
    1. 1Sinfonia. Allegro
    2. 2Sinfonia. Andante molto
    3. 3Sinfonia. Allegro
    4. 4Act 1. Scene 1. Recitativo. Prence lo so: vi devo
    5. 5Act 1. Scene 1. Aria. Del destin non dee lagnarsi
    6. 6Act 1. Scene 2. Recitativo. Non si perda di vista
    7. 7Act 1. Scene 2. Aria. Nasce rosa lusinghiera
    8. 8Act 1. Scene 3. Recitativo. Principe, or ora i greci
    9. 9Act 1. Scene 3. Aria. In sì torbida procella
    10. 10Act 1. Scene 4. Recitativo. Il tartaro ama Asteria
    11. 11Act 1. Scene 4. Aria. Quel ciglio vezzosetto
    12. 12Act 1. Scene 5-6. Recitativo. Or sì, fiero destino
    13. 13Act 1. Scene 5-6. Aria. Vedeste mai sul prato
    14. 14Act 1. Scene 7-8. Recitativo. Non ascolto più nulla
    15. 15Act 1. Scene 7-8. Aria. Amare un'alma ingrata
    16. 16Act 1. Scene 9. Recitativo. Così la sposa il Tamerlano accoglie?
    17. 17Act 1. Scene 9. Aria. Qual guerriero in campo armato
    18. 18Act 1. Scene 10. Recitativo. È balla Irene
    19. 19Act 1. Scene 10. Aria. Non ho nel sen costanza
    20. 20Act 2. Scene 1. Recitativo. Amico, tengo un testimon fedele
    21. 21Act 2. Scene 2. Recitativo. Sarete or ostinato
    22. 22Act 2. Scene 2. Aria. Anche il mar par che sommerga
    23. 23Act 2. Scene 3. Recitativo. Gloria, sdegno ed amore
    24. 24Act 2. Scene 3. Aria. Stringi le mie catene
    25. 25Act 2. Scene 4. Recitativo. Ah, disperato Andromico!
    26. 26Act 2. Scene 4. Aria. La sorte mia spietata
    27. 27Act 2. Scene 5. Recitativo. Signor, vergine illustre
    28. 28Act 2. Scene 5. Aria. Cruda sorte, avverso fato!
    29. 29Act 2. Scene 6. Recitativo. Senti, chiunque tu sia
    30. 30Act 2. Scene 6. Aria. La cervetta timidetta
    31. 31Act 2. Scene 7. Recitativo. Gran cose espone Asteria
    32. 32Act 2. Scene 7. Aria. Sposa, son disprezzata
    33. 33Act 2. Scene 8. Recitativo. Dov'è mia figlia, Andronico?
    34. 34Act 2. Scene 8. Aria. Dov'è la figlia?
    35. 35Act 2. Scene 9. Recitativo. Asteria, siamo al soglio... / Accompagnato. Odi, perfida
    36. 36Act 2. Scene 9. Quartetto. Sì crudel! questo è l'amore
    37. 37Act 3. Scene 1. Recitativo. Figlia, siam rei
    38. 38Act 3. Scene 1. Aria. Veder parmi, or che nel fondo
    39. 39Act 3. Scene 2-3. Recitativo. Andronico, il mio amore
    40. 40Act 3. Scene 2-3. Aria. Barbaro traditor
    41. 41Act 3. Scene 4. Recitativo. Lascerò di regnare
    42. 42Act 3. Scene 4. Aria. Spesso tra vaghe rose
    43. 43Act 3. Scene 5-7. Recitativo. Eccoti, Bajazette
    44. 44Act 3. Scene 5-7. Arioso. Verrò crudel, spietato
    45. 45Act 3. Scene 8. Recitativo. Signor, fra tante cure
    46. 46Act 3. Scene 8. Aria. Son tortorella
    47. 47Act 3. Scene 9. Recitativo. Signore, Bajazette
    48. 48Act 3. Scene 10. Accompagnato. È morto, sì, tiranno
    49. 49Act 3. Scene 10. Aria. Svena, uccidi, abbatti, atterra
    50. 50Act 3. Scena ultima. Recitativo. Deh, tu cauto la segui
    51. 51Act 3. Scena ultima. Coro. Coronata di gigli e rose
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Fabio Biondi Primary Artist
Europa Galante Ensemble
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