Vivaldi: Arie d'Opera

Vivaldi: Arie d'Opera

by Modo Antiquo

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Vivaldi: Arie d'Opera

Naïve's Aria d'Opera dal fondo Foà 28 gathers a number of singers in performances of pieces taken from the National Library of Turin's Vivaldi manuscript identified by its shelfmark as "Foà 28." This manuscript, assembled by Antonio Vivaldi himself, is a collection of 47 arias and ensemble pieces taken from various operas; it is so obscure that many of the operas from which these arias are taken are yet unidentified, and its list of contents wasn't even published until 1998. Cecilia Bartoli recorded a few pieces from Foà 28 on her The Vivaldi Album, and one of these is repeated here, but the remaining 15 selections are split between soprano Sandrine Piau, mezzo-sopranos Ann Hallenberg and Guillemette Laurens, and tenor Paul Agnew. The musical accompaniment is provided by period instrument ensemble Modo Antiquo in editions prepared by its leader, Federico Maria Sardelli. Aria d'Opera dal fondo Foà 28 gets off to kind of a slow start, as both singers and ensemble seem to be sneaking up on the music, as though not wanting to make mistakes and at the same time being a little scared of it. The effervescent verve and inexhaustible energy of Vivaldi's music ultimately win out, and the pace picks up radically with Piau's rendering of "Usignoli che piangete," an aria that makes use of vocal accellerandi of exactly the kind associated with mid-twentieth century composers such as Lutoslawski. Throughout the disc, Vivaldi's keen imagination, thirst for variety, and genius for unusual effects are on full display; one almost doesn't need to hear the operas from which these arias come to understand what is going on, so bold are the strokes of text painting employed. Take for example the imitations of bird song in "Quell'augellin," the stealthy sneakiness of "Mio cor s'ioi ti credessi," or the genuinely bizarre practice of combining two singers on the same music, with different texts, in "D'improvviso riede il riso." The very idea of making up a disc out of Vivaldi opera arias already constitutes sending even the best of singers through a musical minefield, owing to his impossibly ornate and florid vocal writing. All of the singers here reasonably acquit themselves well in the task. While this is not a competition, as marvelous as Sandrine Piau is in "Usignoli che piangete," she is a little off her usual game overall, and the loving cup for Aria d'Opera dal fondo Foà 28 is awarded to Hallenberg. Although the amply freckled Euro fashion model on the front cover is certainly cute, she is not one of the performers, nor does she reflect any aspect of what is inside. The CD case and booklet hug so tightly to the outer slipcase, though, that you will think you'll need an atomic bomb to get the disc out of the package.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Opus 111
UPC: 0709861304110
catalogNumber: 30411

Tracks

  1. La Candace, o siano Li veri amici, opera in 3 acts (only 11 arias & 1 quartet extant), RV 704: Act 1. Scene 10. Certo timor ch'ho in petto
  2. La Silvia, opera in 3 acts (dramma pastorale, only 9 arias known to survive), RV 734: Act 2. Scene 9. È barbaro quel cor
  3. La verità in cimento, opera in 3 acts, RV739: Act 1. Scene 1. Mi fé reo l'amor d'un figlio
  4. Zeffiretti, che sussurrate, opera aria for voice, strings & continuo, RV 749.21
  5. La Candace, o siano Li veri amici, opera in 3 acts (only 11 arias & 1 quartet extant), RV 704: Act 2. Scene 9. Anima del cor mio
  6. La Candace, o siano Li veri amici, opera in 3 acts (only 11 arias & 1 quartet extant), RV 704: Act 3. Scene 1. Usignoli che piangete
  7. La verità in cimento, opera in 3 acts, RV739: Act 3. Scene 3. Quando serve alla ragione
  8. La Silvia, opera in 3 acts (dramma pastorale, only 9 arias known to survive), RV 734: Act 2. Scene 2. Quell'augellin
  9. La Silvia, opera in 3 acts (dramma pastorale, only 9 arias known to survive), RV 734: Act 1. Scene 14. Mio cor s'io ti credessi
  10. Tito Manlio (I), opera in 3 acts, RV 738: Act 2. Scene 9. Dar la morte a te mia vita
  11. Tieteberga, opera in 3 acts, RV 737: Act 3. Scene 11. L'innocenza sfortunata
  12. Se fido rivedrò l'oggetto, aria from unidentified opera for voice & continuo, RV 749.13
  13. La Silvia, opera in 3 acts (dramma pastorale, only 9 arias known to survive), RV 734: Act 3. Scene 2. Sei tiranna se un bel fedel
  14. Tito Manlio (I), opera in 3 acts, RV 738: Act 2. Scene 2. D'improvviso riede il riso
  15. La Candace, o siano Li veri amici, opera in 3 acts (only 11 arias & 1 quartet extant), RV 704: Act 1. Scene 3. Chi s'oppone a miei voleri
  16. La Candace, o siano Li veri amici, opera in 3 acts (only 11 arias & 1 quartet extant), RV 704: Act 3. Scene 11. Io son frà l'onde

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