Vivaldi: Sinfonie d'Opera

Vivaldi: Sinfonie d'Opera

by Stefano Molardi
     
 

The sinfonia d'opera, a short, generally self-contained instrumental work that introduced an opera or part of one, was a direct ancestor of the modern symphony. Alessandro Scarlatti codified the three-movement form that became the norm and is used in all these examples by Antonio Vivaldi (the opening Sinfonia from the operaSee more details below

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The sinfonia d'opera, a short, generally self-contained instrumental work that introduced an opera or part of one, was a direct ancestor of the modern symphony. Alessandro Scarlatti codified the three-movement form that became the norm and is used in all these examples by Antonio Vivaldi (the opening Sinfonia from the opera "L'Olimpiade," which appears to have four movements in the track list, actually has two alternate finales). All three movements are typically in the same key, with perhaps a mode change for variation. Vivaldi's works in this form are usually presented together with other works, but joining them in a group makes clear that this form brought out Vivaldi's most experimental and stylistically progressive instincts. Conductor Stefano Molardi writes in his notes (in German, English, Italian, and French) that the sinfonias on the album were subjected to "rigorous" analysis of, among other things, their place in the evolution of Vivaldi's style. The pieces are not presented in chronological order, but the listener can still notice how, in the pieces from the 1720s and 1730s, the texture in the opening movements is broken up by dramatic gestures and how large-scale balancing of the weights of harmonic areas becomes progressively more important. Sample the opening Allegro of the sinfonia from "Giustino" (1724, track 8) and hear how the block of sheer tonic at the beginning requires an expansive set of dominant-to-tonic resolutions at the end. The slow movements are all characteristically imaginative. Equally important is the presence of two sinfonias not linked to operas, little milestones in the evolution of the symphony as an independent genre. All the music here is sprightly, witty, and, in the gutsy, heavily accented readings by Molardi and his group I Virtuosi delle Muse, pleasingly vigorous. The sound is designated as audiophile, and a proposed speaker layout for the buyer is even helpfully included, but the sound environment is way too live and hardly resembles what would have been heard in any heavily upholstered opera house of Vivaldi's age. Nevertheless, Vivaldi buffs will be glad to have this group of pieces together.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
Label:
Divox
UPC:
7619913705013
catalogNumber:
70501
Rank:
192383

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Tracks

  1. Dorilla in Tempe (I), opera ("melodramma erioco-pastorale") in 3 acts, RV 709: Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  2. Dorilla in Tempe (I), opera ("melodramma erioco-pastorale") in 3 acts, RV 709: Andante  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  3. Dorilla in Tempe (I), opera ("melodramma erioco-pastorale") in 3 acts, RV 709: Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  4. Griselda, opera in 3 acts, RV 718: Minuet  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  5. Griselda, opera in 3 acts, RV 718: Andante  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  6. Griselda, opera in 3 acts, RV 718: Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  7. La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  8. Sinfonia, for strings & continuo in C major, RV 112  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  9. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  10. Arsilda, regina di Ponto, opera in 3 acts, RV 700: Presto  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  11. Arsilda, regina di Ponto, opera in 3 acts, RV 700: Andante  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  12. Arsilda, regina di Ponto, opera in 3 acts, RV 700: Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  13. Armida al camp d'Egitto, opera in 3 acts (act 2 lost), RV 699 A/D: Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  14. Armida al camp d'Egitto, opera in 3 acts (act 2 lost), RV 699 A/D: Andante  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  15. Armida al camp d'Egitto, opera in 3 acts (act 2 lost), RV 699 A/D: Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  16. Sinfonia, for strings & continuo in F major, RV 137  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  17. L' Incoronazione di Dario, opera, RV 719: Presto  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  18. L' Incoronazione di Dario, opera, RV 719: [Andante]  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  19. L' Incoronazione di Dario, opera, RV 719: Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  20. L'Olimpiade, opera in 3 acts, RV 725: Allegro molto  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  21. L'Olimpiade, opera in 3 acts, RV 725: Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  22. L'Olimpiade, opera in 3 acts, RV 725: Andante  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
  23. L'Olimpiade, opera in 3 acts, RV 725: Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Wolfram M. Burgert  - Stefano Molardi  - Stefano Molardi  -  I Virtuosi Delle Muse

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