Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Vivaldi's operas are rarely recorded and even less often performed, but happily they are gradually gaining more exposure. The most familiar and most frequently recorded is his 1727 "Orlando Furioso." The fact that it has been on the public's radar is due largely to an excellent 1977 recording starring Marilyn Horne and Victoria de los Angeles, which has been reissued on Erato. The opera has since been recorded twice, and a DVD of a 1989 San Francisco Opera production featuring Horne and Kathleen Kuhlmann has been released. The newer CDs are extraordinarily fine; in choosing between Naïve's 2005 version led by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and this CPO release conducted by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Vivaldi's operas are rarely recorded and even less often performed, but happily they are gradually gaining more exposure. The most familiar and most frequently recorded is his 1727 "Orlando Furioso." The fact that it has been on the public's radar is due largely to an excellent 1977 recording starring Marilyn Horne and Victoria de los Angeles, which has been reissued on Erato. The opera has since been recorded twice, and a DVD of a 1989 San Francisco Opera production featuring Horne and Kathleen Kuhlmann has been released. The newer CDs are extraordinarily fine; in choosing between Naïve's 2005 version led by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and this CPO release conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli, the listener is in a win-win position. Both feature stellar soloists, who are also compelling actors, and beautiful orchestral playing. There's not a weak link in CPO's exemplary cast. Mezzo-soprano Anne Desler doesn't have Marilyn Horne's commanding presence, and her voice isn't huge, but it's beautifully modulated with an agile coloratura, and she makes a compelling, complex Orlando. The evil sorceress Alcina is a plum of a role, and mezzo-soprano Marina de Liso makes the most of it. There are no small parts, and the remaining soloists, soprano Nicki Kennedy, mezzo-soprano Lucia Sciannimanico, tenor Luca Dordolo, countertenor Thierry Gregoire, and bass-baritone Martin Kronthaler, all perform at the same extraordinarily high standard. Perhaps the biggest surprise for anyone coming to the opera for the first time is the sustained level of Vivaldi's inventiveness. Anyone familiar only with his instrumental concertos may be astonished at his apt vocal writing and characterizations. Vivaldi demonstrates real psychological insight into his characters here, more so than in his other operas that have been recorded. He doesn't have the dramatic instincts or skills of Monteverdi or Cavalli in constructing a fully convincing operatic architecture, but the individual moments are lovely, varied, and often exploding with melodic and harmonic surprises; not a characteristic generally associated with the composer. The CD should be of interest to any fan of opera, or of the Baroque as well as any Vivaldi skeptic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Cpo Records
  • UPC: 761203709526
  • Catalog Number: 777095
  • Sales rank: 270,913

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Sinfonia. [Allegro] - Antonio Vivaldi & Grazio Braccioli (1:54)
  2. 2 Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Sinfonia. Andante - Antonio Vivaldi & Grazio Braccioli (2:01)
  3. 3 Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Sinfonia. [Allegro molto] - Antonio Vivaldi & Grazio Braccioli (1:28)
  4. 4–93 Orlando (Orlando furioso II), opera in 3 acts, RV 728 - Antonio Vivaldi & Grazio Braccioli (160:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Federico Maria Sardelli Primary Artist
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