Vivaldi: Griselda

Vivaldi: Griselda

by Jean-Christophe Spinosi
     
 

If you thought composing somewhere around 500 concertos was an achievement, remember that Antonio Vivaldi also composed 49 operas. Indeed, Vivaldi probably thought of himself primarily as an opera composer -- with 67 productions in a career of 28 years, he may not have had a chance to think of himself as anything else. Yet, while Vivaldi is well known as a composer of… See more details below

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If you thought composing somewhere around 500 concertos was an achievement, remember that Antonio Vivaldi also composed 49 operas. Indeed, Vivaldi probably thought of himself primarily as an opera composer -- with 67 productions in a career of 28 years, he may not have had a chance to think of himself as anything else. Yet, while Vivaldi is well known as a composer of concertos, he is hardly known as a composer of operas. In the Naïve Vivaldi Edition -- a comprehensive survey on 100 discs of the 450 works in Vivaldi's library at the time of his death -- all 49 operas will appear; this recording of his "Griselda" is the sixth to be released. Written in 1735 for his protégée Anna Girò, "Griselda" takes a story from Boccaccio and turns it into a hymn of praise to nobility and constancy. Yet though the story is tired and true, Vivaldi's music is real and vibrant and as attractive as anything in his instrumental works. In this recording by Jean-Christophe Spinosi leading the Matheus Ensemble with Marie-Nicole Lemeux in the title role, Naïve has released another strong argument for the high quality of Vivaldi's operas. Spinosi has a light hand but a dramatic touch and he keeps the music moving even while granting the soloists ample scope to develop their characters. Lemeux is very impressive as the wife whose constancy is tried and Stefano Ferrari as her husband whose nobility saves her reputation. Both can handle the range and difficulty of Vivaldi's writing and still make their characters appear human and sympathetic. Recorded in bright, crystalline sound, Naïve's "Griselda" is well worth hearing by any fan of the composer or of Baroque opera.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - David Vickers
Marie-Nicole Lemieux's passionate performance of the title-role has vivid handling of text and emotive singing.... This finely sung recording unveils another inventive opera.
BBC Music Magazine
[2007 Opera Disc of the Year] The varied orchestral writing is vividly played, and there's some astonishing solo singing.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Opus 111
UPC:
0709861304196
catalogNumber:
30419

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  1. Griselda, opera in 3 acts, RV 718  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Veronica Cangemi  - Michel Chasteau  - Charles B. Johnston  - Apostolo Zeno  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Simone Kermes  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Corinne E. Ioli  - Sabrina Saccomani  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Iestyn Davies  - Stefano Ferrari

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