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Vivaldi: Il Farnace / Sardelli, Prina, Galou, Nesi, Castellano [blu-ray]

Vivaldi / Nesi / Galou / Prina / Castellano
Release Date: 06/30/2015 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 57670  
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Magnus StavelandRoberta MameliSonia PrinaMary-Ellen Nesi,   ... 
Conductor:  Federico Maria Sardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Il Farnace is the most re-written and re-proposed of Vivaldi’s operas. Versions of Farnace, two in 1727 and one each in 1730, 1731 and 1732, were conceived and adapted to the different circumstances for Venice, Prague, Pavia and Mantua, always with a cast to Vivaldi’s satisfaction and with the composer in control of the production. The greatest appreciation of Vivaldi’s operatic music was expressed in a letter by a spectator of the 1727 Carnival season. The abbot Antonio Conti wrote that of all the operas of
Read more the Venice season he liked best Farnace because its music was varied, “between the sublime and the tender,” and because Vivaldi’s pupil worked wonders. In 1738, for the Ferrara Carnival season, Vivaldi wrote a new score of the opera. This is the last Farnace, in two acts, as the third was lost.
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Works on This Recording

Il Farnace, RV 711 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Magnus Staveland (Tenor), Roberta Mameli (Soprano), Sonia Prina (Alto),
Mary-Ellen Nesi (Mezzo Soprano), Loriana Castellano (Alto), Delphine Galou (Alto),
Emanuele D'Aguanno (Tenor)
Conductor:  Federico Maria Sardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Vocal fireworks right from the get-go… August 18, 2016 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "This performance of “Il Farnace”, recorded at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze, features somewhat minimalist sets and forceful performers, and jumps right into the drama. No gradual warm up period here, as Farnace (voiced by Mary-Ellen Nesi) has been defeated by the Romans and orders his wife Tamiri (Sonia Prina) to kill their son rather than be subjected to Roman captivity. The drama is rather straight-forward, but the voices definitely lend themselves to the emotions to be expressed – excellent job by the individuals responsible for choosing the cast. There is not much in the way of costuming here – it is also rather minimal as is the set, but is sufficient to indicate the roles and affiliations of the various characters. Set pieces are moved in and out on stage during the production, so this is not the typical “drop the curtain, change the set, raise the curtain” type of experience. The orchestra plays *extremely* well, as the score is particularly energetic and that energy fuels the performances on the stage. I would expect that both the orchestra members and cast members were quite exhausted after the performance. The liner notes are not exactly sparse, but there is no booklet containing the libretto either. They do contain background on Vivaldi’s vocal choices, the evolution of the various versions of “Il Farnace”, some information on Vivaldi’s rehearsal practices, and the plot summary of the opera. All in all, if you are looking for a big fully staged opera production, then this is probably not the opera for you. But if you enjoy Vivaldi’s music and are not bothered by the minimalist elements of the sets and costumes and have a bent for the type of conquered vs. conqueror drama depicted here, I think you will enjoy this DVD. I certainly did." Report Abuse
 A glorious mess September 15, 2015 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "There’s more real acting and theatrical magic in this ‘semi-staged’ version of Vivaldi’s great work than in many a traditional opera with realistic trees and togas. Conductor Federico Maria Sardelli conducts, with considerable star power, a fairly large group of fine instrumentalists (most playing period instruments) and a cadre of excellent singers who excel in the alternately dramatic and pathetic virtuoso arias of Vivaldi. As a bonus, the singers occasionally get together to sing - very creditably - as a chorus. Certainly there’s also fashionable deconstruction and semiotics involved, but it’s all part of the fun. The costuming is clever, with breastplates worn under suits (perhaps the new trend in Florence this year?), and various armour bits signifying gender. The beauty of the music comes together with the bombast, pity and high stakes politics of three ages: the ancient world, 18th century Italy, and 21st century Europe. A glorious mess that I couldn’t recommend more highly." Report Abuse
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