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Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso [Highlights], Etc / Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus, Et Al


Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30476   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica CangemiMarie-Nicole LemieuxLorenzo RegazzoAnn Hallenberg,   ... 
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vivaldi's opera combines magic, heroism and comedy to tell of a seductive sorceress, a noble knight driven insane by love, a feisty fiancée who disguises herself as a man to rescue her bewitched lover, and a magic ring that helps ensure everything ends happily ever after. This new recording bears the fruit of Vivaldi scholar Frédéric Delaméa's painstaking reconstruction of the original 1727 version using the complex manuscript source in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Turin. In contrast to Claudio Scimone's meagre 15 arias on the rival Erato recording, Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Delaméa give us 27, and each one is a gem.

Marie-Nicole Lemieux's delivery of Orlando's anguished and often-unhinged
Read more recitative is astonishingly good, full of conviction, passionate, and vocally brilliant. Her impressive coloratura and dramatic quality is shown at its stirring best in the tempestuous aria 'Sorge l'irato nembo' (Act 2 scene 4). When sanity is restored to Orlando, Lemieux achieves a tangible lucidity that makes the drama wholly satisfying. Jennifer Larmore's sorceress Alcina is devious, vivacious, and venomous: she has a deliciously spiteful exit worthy of Mozart's Elettra in idomeneo ('Anderà, chiameró do! profondo'). Philippe Jaroussky's Ruggerio is adept at both delicacy and heroism, and his 'Sol da te, mio dolce amore', conveying the enchantment as Ruggiero gazes at Alcina, is beautifully done. Ann Hallenberg is excellent as his fiancée Bradamante, with firmly focused tone in the extrovert 'Taci, non ti lagnar' (Vivaldi's choice for this role, Maria Caterina Negri, went on to create Bradamante in Handel's A/dna eight years later).

Ensemble Matheus provide bright ritornelli and intelligent accompaniments. The playing is often abrasive and intentionally percussive in fast music, but the performers also excel at the softer moments (most notably Angelica's arias, and especially 'Chiara al pari di lucida stella'). Spinosi's direction is vividly theatrical, and recitatives are declaimed with aplomb, although sometimes it sounds as if characters cannot wait to interrupt with their next line. His Jean Christophe-Spinosi's 'vividly theatrical' style pays huge dividends for Vivaldi policy of changing continuo instruments each time a different character sings occasionally makes for an uncomfortable and unsteady experience.

Most of Vivaldi's surviving operas show that he rarely devoted much attention to accompanied recitatives, but in Orlando furioso Vivaldi composed several that are unusually extensive and adventurous. Like Handel a few years later in London, Vivaldi must have been inspired by the peculiarly intense situations experienced by Orlando and Alcina, and the score has a dramatic stature greater than most of his other operas - although if Opus 111 continue to produce revelations like this, I may be forced to eat my words. This is a magnificent achievement, and one of the pinnacles of Opus ill's monumental Vivaldi Edition. If Vivaldi needed a champion to more firmly establish his credentials as a fully-fledged opera composer, then this recording is it.

-- David Vickers, Gramophone Reviewing complete performance
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Works on This Recording

1.
Griselda, RV 718: Sinfonia by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Griselda, RV 718: Agitata da due venti by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Griselda, RV 718: Ho il cor già lacero by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Griselda, RV 718: Ombre vane, ingiusti orrori by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Flute in G minor, Op. 10 no 2/RV 439 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Sinfonia by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Veronica Cangemi (Soprano),
Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Un raggio di speme by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano),
Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Veronica Cangemi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
8.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Nel profondo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto),
Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Veronica Cangemi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
9.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Sol da te mio dolce amore by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
10.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Benché nasconda by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass), Veronica Cangemi (Soprano),
Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Sorge l'irato nembo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto),
Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Veronica Cangemi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
12.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Chiara al pari di lucida stella by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Ingratissima Angelica by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano),
Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
14.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Cosi potessi anch'io by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
15.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Vendetta, si vendetta by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 14 Secs. 
16.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Io ti getto elmo, ed usbergo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano),
Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass), Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
17.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Numi orrendi d"Averno by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
18.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Poveri affetti miei by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass),
Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
19.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Io son ne' lacci tuoi by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
20.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Come l'onda by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
21.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Scendi nel Tartaro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 38 Secs. 
22.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Oh ingiusti numi! by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 43 Secs. 
23.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Anderò, chiamerò dal profondo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass),
Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor), Veronica Cangemi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 36 Secs. 
24.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Con mirti e fiori by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano),
Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
25.
Griselda, RV 718: Vede orgogliosi by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Venice, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
26.
Griselda, RV 718: Sente che l'almo teme by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
27.
La verità in cimento, RV 739: Aure placide by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
28.
Griselda, RV 718: Scocca dardi l'altero tuo ciglio by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Venice, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
29.
Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sinfonia in C major, RV 116: II. Larghetto
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act I Scene 1: Aria: Un raggio di speme (Angelica)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act I Scene 5: Aria: Nel profondo (Orlando)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act I Scene 11: Aria: Sol da te, mio dolce amore (Ruggiero)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act II Scene 1: Aria: Benche nasconda (Astolfo)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act II Scene 1: Aria: Sorge l'irato nembo (Orlando)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act II Scene 6: Aria: Chiara al pari di lucida stella (Angelica)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act II Scene 9: Recitativo: Ingratissima Angelica (Orlando)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act II Scene 11: Aria: Cosi potessi anch'io (Alcina)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act II Scene 13: Recitativo: Vendetta, si vendetta incontro amore! (Orlando)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act II Scene 13: Recitativo: Io ti getto elmo, ed usbergo (Orlando)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act III Scene 3: Recitativo: Numi orrendi d'Averno (Alcina)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act III Scene 5: Aria: Poveri affetti miei, siete innocenti (Angelica)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act III Scene 6: Aria: Lo son ne' lacci tuoi (Bradamante)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act III Scene 8: Aria: Come l'onda (Ruggiero)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act III Scene 10: Aria: Scendi nel Tartaro (Orlando)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act III Final Scene: Recitativo: Oh ingiusti numi! O fati! (Alcina)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act III Final Scene: Aria: Andero, chiamero dal profondo (Alcina)
Orlando furioso, RV Anh. 84: Act III Final Scene: Con mirti e fiori (Chorus)
Griselda, RV 718: Sinfonia: I. Allegro
Griselda, RV 718: Act II: Aria: Agitata da due venti
Griselda, RV 718: Act I: Aria: Vede orgogliosa l'onda
Griselda, RV 718: Act I: Aria: Ho il cor gia lacero da mille affani
Griselda, RV 718: Act III: Aria: Sento che l'alma teme
La verita in cimento, RV 739: Act I: Trio: Aure plecide, e serene
Flute Concerto in G minor, Op. 10, No. 2, RV 439, "La notte": I. Largo
Flute Concerto in G minor, Op. 10, No. 2, RV 439, "La notte": I. Fantasmi: Presto
Flute Concerto in G minor, Op. 10, No. 2, RV 439, "La notte": I. Largo
Flute Concerto in G minor, Op. 10, No. 2, RV 439, "La notte": I. Presto
Flute Concerto in G minor, Op. 10, No. 2, RV 439, "La notte": II. Il Sonno: Largo
Flute Concerto in G minor, Op. 10, No. 2, RV 439, "La notte": III. Allegro
Griselda, RV 718: Act II: Aria: Scocca dardi l'altero tuo Ciglio
Griselda, RV 718: Act III: Ombre vane, ingiusti orrori
Stabat Mater, RV 621: us animam gementem

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