Notes and Editorial Reviews
Fabio Biondi, who was deeply involved in the reconstruction of this lost score, is surrounded here by a stunning cast of stars - Joyce DiDonato, Vivica Genaux, Diana Damrau, Philippe Jaroussky, Rolando Villazón - who come together as an ensemble of sumptuous unity and balance.
Excerpts of reviews from a previously released version of this set:
Of the eight Vivaldi operas I’ve reviewed, Ercole is the one I’d suggest as a work of first exposure. It has the most consistent level of inspired music—not surprisingly so, when you take into account its “greatest hits” compositional strategy, and the field of seasoned material the composer had to draw from. It also has the best all-around performances, both for vocals and theatrics, with conducting that is matched only by Savall in Farnace (Alia Vox 9822), and Dantone in Tito Manlio (Naïve 30413). Strongly recommended. In other words, get this.
– Fanfare (Barry Brenesal)
The opera itself makes great listening. Vivaldi writes every kind of aria and showcases it to display his abilities as a composer at their most refined. We are exposed to every emotion with the register cranked up to maximum: rage, despair, love, vengeance, heroism, cowardice, frustration, infatuation, and everything in between. It’s also of a well judged length so that the tension doesn’t flag and the drama proceeds at just the right pace in its current format.
– MusicWeb International