WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Monteverdi: L'incoronazione Di Poppea / Vartolo, Et Al

Release Date: 10/25/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92752   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Lia SerafiniRossella PozzerMarie Garnier MarzulloMarcello Scandelli,   ... 
Conductor:  Sergio Vartolo
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sergio Vartolo’s three productions of the Monteverdi operas at Pigna, Corsica, were recorded for Brilliant. Poppea was made in 2004... Poppea deserved attention for its most unusual feature, the role of Nerone. Vartolo is firmly set against “false” voices, hence his abhorrence of using falsettists or countertenors in roles written for castrati, even though he sang such roles himself “for a long time.” In act II Nerone’s duet with Lucano requires a tenor singing in thirds, not a high voice singing in 10ths. But in act III Nerone’s duets with Poppea require a high voice. Vartolo thus explains with great conviction his casting of a soprano Nerone in acts I and III and a tenor Nerone in act II. He admits that “a staged performance would almost Read more certainly require a different approach.” Some may judge, a priori, that this solution vitiates the performance, but, reading Vartolo’s essay and listening to his performance, this is clearly a recording to reckon with.

-- J. F. Weber, FANFARE
reviewing the box set of Monteverdi operas conducted by Vartolo, Brilliant 93905
Read less

Works on This Recording

L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308 by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Lia Serafini (Voice), Rossella Pozzer (Flute), Marie Garnier Marzullo (Cornet),
Marcello Scandelli (Cello), Davide Monti (Violin), Luigi Lupo (Flute),
Angela Bucci (Voice), Jean-Pierre Canihac (Cornet), Barbara Ostini (Viola),
Luca Giardini (Violin), Pietro Prosser (Theorbo), Pietro Prosser (Cetra),
Pietro Prosser (Chitarrone), Ilaria Zanetti (Voice), Sergio Vartolo (Spinet),
Sergio Vartolo (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sergio Vartolo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1642; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium of Pigna, Corsica 
Length: 10 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title