- La Partenope, opera in 3 acts
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Leonardo Vinci: La Partenope based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This two disc set tells the story of Partenope (re-read your early Greek mythology – she was one of the sires that tempted Odysseus), whom myth credits with the founding of Naples. This is a very early opera, conducted by Antonio Florio, featuring Sonia Prina, Maria Grazia Schiavo (she is *excellent*), Stefano Ferrari, Eufemia Tufano, Maria Ercoland, and Charles Do Santos. The cast is well chosen, as their voices blend together beautifully, and the music itself flows seemingly effortlessly from them. I can’t say enough about the recording quality – the sound jumps from the speakers and is full-bodied and lifelike. It is just simply amazing. The operatic material is straight-forward if you are up on your mythology, otherwise a little reading might be in order to get the overall story in mind while you are listening. The liner notes are simple, informative, and provide just enough context to make the listening experience more meaningful. All that being said, this is an audio treat, and the pictures in the included booklet definitely made this listener wish he could have seen the production in person. This is wonderful music, sung by very talented performers. If you like early music, and particularly early opera, then I would strongly recommend this disc. It is quite simply excellent.