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L'Olimpiade by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Alessandro de Marchi (Harpsichord)
Alessandro de Marchi
Written: 1735; Naples, Italy
Venue: Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck, Austri
Length: 75 Minutes 3 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
The most wonderful opera seria of XVIIIth century January 15, 2012
By Giorgio P. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews
"Pergolesi's Olimpiade is arguably *the* most important Italian opera seria of the first half of the eighteenth century. It's a masterpiece in the Neapolitan style. Its music is superband incredibly influential. One of its arias has entered legendary status"Se cerca, se dice," in the second act. Just read what Stendhal said about it in his book on Metastasio. (If you can find Standhal's book... it's actually quite enjoyable). But listen to the duet that closes the first act as well, "Nei giorni tuoi felici." I'd better say nothing about it. Just listen to it. And there's no weak number in the entire opera. I am almost ashamed of saying sono weak number, as if I were talking about the average eighteenth-century opera. This is the template. This is *the* opera. The libretto is Metastasio's masterpiecewhich means we are dealing with a masterpiece of poetry. The music is the masterpiece by Pergolesi. Which means we are dealing with a musical masterpiece. I find it extremely surprising that this is the first cd recording of Pergolesi's Olimpiade we can listen to without embarrassmentactually, with great, great joy. (There was a previous rendition under the conduction of Marco Armiliato for Akademia/Arkadia. I applaud the courage, but it was just painful). I have been waiting for this for a long time. Don't miss this opportunity to listen to this great music in an excellent rendition. Forget about Vivaldi's Olimpiade. This is the real thing. Could have Mozart existed without Pergolesi? The orchestra is superb. The conduction by Alessandro De Marchi is superb. The singers are extremely good. (Sometimes their Italian diction could be better, but this is a very small complaint). They all must be thanked for giving us this great opportunity to enjoy such a unique masterpiece. The recording is live and very good. The notes by Francesco Degrada are (not surprisingly) illuminating. This is an unmissable event. And now my question is: when will we get the Artaserse by Leonardo Vinci?"