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The Vivaldi Album / Bartoli, Antonini, Et Al


Release Date: 10/26/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466569   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia BartoliEnrico OnofriMarco Bianchi
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg ChoirIl Giardino Armonico
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection received a Grammy Award for "Best Classical Vocal Performance."
Is it good luck or bad? Vivaldi had the good fortune to be the busiest of opera composers in Venice in the early 18th century, but over time, as conventions of the genre changed, most of the operas from this period were forgotten. It would be wrong to conclude that this had much to do with their merits, though, and it is very good luck to be able to hear this disc of selections from ten of Vivaldi's operas, as they are so exuberantly sung by the great coloratura mezzo Cecilia Bartoli and accompanied by the members of Il Giardino Armonico, one of the best of all period instrument outfits, who sound as if this music is their birthright.
There are some
Read more familiar bits, such as the opening chorus from 'Dorilla in Tempe,' which is based on the beginning of the "Spring" concerto from 'The Four Seasons,' but most of what is here is new and intriguing, such as the three part aria "Zefferetti, che sussurate" with its echo effects and "Ho nel petto un cor si forte" from 'Giustino' an extended, slowly unfolding dramatic aria which features the unusual tone color of the psaltery, a relative of the dulcimer and zither. Others, such as "Dite oime" from 'La Fida Ninfa' or "Gelido in ogni vena" from 'Farnace' are just haunting and lovely, opera at its best. This is real discovered treasure. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Dorilla in Tempe, RV 709: Dell 'aura al sussurrar by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
La fida ninfa, RV 714: Dite Ohimè by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
L'Olimpiade, RV 725: Siam navi all'onde algenti by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins "Tra le follie..." 
4.
L'Orlando finto pazzo: Anderó, Voleró, Grideró by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins " Qual favellar? ..." 
5.
Il Teuzzone, RV 736: Di trombe guerriere by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1719; Mantua, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710: Zefiretti che sussurate by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Enrico Onofri (Violin), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Marco Bianchi (Violin)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
La fida ninfa, RV 714: Alma oppressa by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Bajazet, RV 703 "Tamerlano": Anche il mar par che sommerga by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Verona, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Griselda, RV 718: Dopo un orrida procella by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Il Farnace, RV 711: Gelido in ogni vena by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 11 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Giustino, RV 717: Sventurata navicella by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Giustino, RV 717: Ho nel petto un cor si forte by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins "Sorte, che m'invitasti..." 
13.
Di due rai languir costante, RV 749 no 4 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Stefanie Hall, Convention Center, Graz 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The opera from which this aria was taken is unknown. 

Sound Samples

Dorilla in Tempe, RV 709 / Act 1 Scene 1: "Dell'aura al sussurrar"
Griselda / Act 3 Scene 6: Dopo un' orrida procella
Di due rai languir costante
L'Orlando Finto Pazzo / Act 3: Qual favellar?...Anderò, volerò, griderò
Ercole sul Termodonte: Zeffiretti che sussurate
La Fida Ninfa / Act 1 Scene 9: Alma oppressa
La Fida Ninfa / Act 3 Scene 10: Dite oimè
Il Giustino / Act 2 Scene 13: Sventurata navicella
Il Giustino / Act 2 Scene 13: Sorte, che m'invitasti..Ho nel petto un cor sì forte
L'Olimpiade / Act 2 Scene 5: Tra le follie...Siam navi all'onde algenti
Il Farnace / Act 2 Scene 5: Gelido in ogni vena
Il Bajazet (Il Tamerlano) / Act 2: Anch'il mar par che sommerga
Il Teuzzone / Act 2 Scene 1: Di trombe guerriere

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