My Vivaldi / Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Release Date: 11/17/2009
Label: Naive
Catalog Number: V5212
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Number of Discs: 1

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$16.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews


VIVALDI Orlando furioso : “Nel profondo”; “Troppo è fiero”; “Sorge l’irato nembo.” Griselda : “No, non tanta crudeltà”; “Sonno, se pur sei sonno”; “Hor il cor, già lacero”; “Brami le mie catene”; “Non più regina.” La fida ninfa : “Cento donzelle”; “Aure lievi”; “Cervo che al monte”; “Dimmi pastore”; “S’egli è ver”; “Cosí, su gl’occhi miei.” Credo in G: Crucifixus. Stabat Mater Jean-Christoph Spinosi, cond; Marie-Nicole Lemieux (alt); Sandrine Piau, Verónica Cangemi (sop); Philippe Jaroussky (ct); Topi Lehtipuu (ten); Matheus Ens (period instruments) NAÏVE 5212 (67:42)


The jewel box is pink, the booklet cover mostly pink, and the main picture reveals contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux grinning like a chipmunk (with a more sober one unsmiling on the inside cover). This is precisely what one might think of a single disc of outtakes from previously recorded Vivaldi, cobbled together as a paean to the singer. When she hit the stage in 2000, her rich voice was immediately picked up by the Ensemble Matheus for its proposed Vivaldi opera edition, and all three of the works presented herein were part of that initial effort. In the intervening time, she has gone on to a wider repertoire, which with her rich voice only seems right. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this particular disc. The pieces chosen reflect solid playing by the period-instrument ensemble, with good tempos and a nice movement in the accompaniment. Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky is a nice complement to Lemieux’s voice, often being higher in tessitura, but the blend is good, as it is in those several other numbers with sopranos Sandrine Piau and Verónica Cangemi. The only oddity is that Jaroussky appears as a regular tenor in the trio from Griselda , indicating that, when not singing countertenor, he has a very nice sense of style in a normal male range of today. I would like to wax on about this, but as a highlight disc, it is entirely focused on Lemieux and contains little that hasn’t been heard (or reviewed) before. So I will close a very brief excursus with the comment that, if you like her voice and Vivaldi but don’t want to spring for the individual sets from which these numbers are drawn, then this might work for you. It’s a decent selection and gives a good overview of her vocal talent. For myself, I’d rather have the entire works at hand.


FANFARE: Bertil van Boer
Works on This Recording
1. Griselda, RV 718: Ho il cor già lacero by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; Venice, Italy
2. Griselda, RV 718: Non piu regina by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Stefano Ferrari (Tenor), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; Venice, Italy
3. Griselda, RV 718: Non infelice tanto by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; Venice, Italy
4. Griselda, RV 718: Sonno, se pur sei sonno by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
5. Orlando furioso, RV 728: Nel profondo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1727 ; Venice, Italy
6. Orlando furioso, RV 728: Scendi nel Tartaro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1727 ; Venice, Italy
7. Orlando furioso, RV 728: Sorge l'irato nembo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1727 ; Venice, Italy
8. Orlando furioso, RV 728: Troppo è fiero by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1727 ; Venice, Italy
9. La fida ninfa, RV 714: Aure lievi che spirate by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1732 ; Venice, Italy
10. La fida ninfa, RV 714: Cento donzelle by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1732 ; Venice, Italy
11. La fida ninfa, RV 714: Cerva che al monte by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1732 ; Venice, Italy
12. La fida ninfa, RV 714: Dimmi, pastore by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1732 ; Venice, Italy
13. La fida ninfa, RV 714: Egli è vano by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1732 ; Venice, Italy
14. La fida ninfa, RV 714: Cosi sugl' occhi miei by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1732 ; Venice, Italy
15. La fida ninfa, RV 714: S'egli è ver by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1732 ; Venice, Italy
16. Credo in G major, RV 592: Crucifixus by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
17. Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque
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