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Vivaldi: La Fida Ninfa (Tesori del Piemonti, Vol. 39)


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Disc: 1
1. Sinfonia Rv 725 : Allegro
2. Sinfonia Rv 725 : Andante
3. Sinfonia Rv 725 : Allegro Molto
4. Atto Primo : Scena 1 (Oralto, Morasto) Recitativo
5. Atto Primo : Scena 1 (Oralto) Aria Chi Dal Cielo
6. Atto Primo : Scena 2 (Morasto) Recitativo
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Disc: 2
1. Atto Secondo : Scena 1 (Morasto, Licori) Recitativo
2. Atto Secondo : Scena 1 (Licori) Aria Il Moi Core, A Chi La Diede
3. Atto Secondo : Scena 2 (Osmino, Elpina) Recitativo
4. Atto Secondo : Scena 2 (Elpina) Aria Egli E Vano Il Dirmi Ognora
5. Atto Secondo : Scena 2 (Elpina, Osmino) Recitativo
6. Atto Secondo : Scena 2 (Osmino) Aria Ah, Che Non Posso, No
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Disc: 3
1. Atto Terzo : Scena 1 (Narete, Licori, Elpina) Recitativo
2. Atto Terzo : Scena 1 (Elpina) Aria Cerva Che Al Monte
3. Atto Terzo : Scena 2 (Oralto, Elpina, Narete) Recitativo
4. Atto Terzo : Scena 3 (Oralto) Recitativo
5. Atto Terzo : Scena 3 (Oralto) Aria Ben Talor Meco S'Addiro
6. Atto Terzo : Scena 3 (Oralto, Licori) Recitativo
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
This nymph is one spit fire singing dragon March 6 2009
By Dennis Figueroa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Spinosi's best directorial work, and one where high artistic risks have yielded maximum results. His choice of singers is stellar in terms of talent and name recognition. His interpretation of Vivaldi is a crowd pleaser for instrumental vibrancy, and excitement. This album marks not just Spinosi's indulgent approach to Vivaldi, but an evolution in how Naive is interpreting the composer. At last, musicians are taking a quantum leap to free Vivaldi from 2oth Century conventions and limitations. Spinosis's orchestral accompaniment strikes a perfect balance of resounding presence and exalting the vocals. He is bold, and puts the orchestra in the forefront to paint a clear portrait of the music. He proves that no longer baroque opera requires orchestration subservient to singing by fading in the background.

La Fida Ninfa is a story of nymphs, gods, shepherds, and pirates, and a libretto quite ambitious to put them together in a tale puzzling to decipher. But never mind the complex plot, Vivaldi wrote very fabulous music to make sense out of it all ! As an opera, La Fida Ninfa is melodically very homogeneous, so much so that some arias have similar under-construction with different treatments in tempo. This provides some insight into Vivaldi's genius, and his inspiration to spin a simple tune in so many different directions. Similarities notwithstanding, these arias stand out, and set themselves apart from each other for their unique refinement in mood, rhythm and technical challenge. This is the case for Alma Oppressa, Destin Avaro, and Deh Ti Piega.

Sandrine Piau is, well, awesome and seems to ever be pushing her own limits in every new album. She sings Alma Oppressa with brio. Her breath control is death-defying and just as her melismas run an inhuman length, she punctuates them splendidly with very high-pitched vocal pirouettes. As Licori, this nymph turns into a spit fire singing dragon. Piau transforms this otherwise beautiful aria into an exhillarating concerto for voice. Her coloratura is fiery, rapid, continuous, and extraordinary in speed, power and endurance. Her phrasing never skips a beat. Her ornamentations are risky, unexpected, brave, beautiful, and triumphant.

A true revelation is Topi Lehtipuu in his rendition of Deh Ti Piega. His voice is rich, clean, and charged. His performance is reminiscent of Lorenzo Regazzo's Gelido in Ogni Vena from Il Farnace.

As for the rest of the cast, every one pulls his own weight. Veronica Cangemi just seems to take every opportunity at honing her talent. First in Orlando Furioso, then in La Griselda, and now here. Jaroussky, surprisingly, offers nothing new. Though his voice is splendid and platinum by all accolates, he plays it too safe ... rendering his singing tamed ...unadventurous.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful! April 18 2012
By Wally - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This series is awesome, but "La fida ninfa" really shines. The production values are so high, and the cast are so perfect for each of the roles. Jaroussky's "O che non posso no" is hearbreakingly perfect, Piau's "Selve annose" is amazing, and Cangemi's "Dolce fiamma" brings tears to the eyes. Spinosi has used just the perfect musicians and singers to make a brilliant and re-listenable recording. If you're new to Vivaldi's opera, give this one a try.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Lovely, Pastoral May 10 2011
By MISOista - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
(I like opera, but am nothing like an expert)- strikes me as absolutely lovely. Has a light, Arcadian feel to it. Sound quality very clean and rich. I have no other recordings to compare it to, but this instantly immersed and entangled me.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
RADIEUX et FRISSONANT ! April 25 2011
By PVP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sans commentaire sauf celui prémonitoire et pertinent de DIAPASON en 2004 : *

"La Fida ninfa est certainement le plus bel opéra de Vivaldi. Pas le meilleur, le marivaudage arcadien illustré par le livret de Maffei ne pouvant guère rivaliser en puissance dramatique avec Orlandofurioso. Mais pour cet exercice imposé, célébrant fastueusement en 1732 l'ouverture du Nuovo Teatro Filarmonico de Vérone, le Rouquin a osé. Airs espiègles, tendres ou graves, duos, ensembles, écriture novatrice abandonnant par instants la tradition baroque ou le style international pour flirter avec l'âge galant ou même, un comble, une ébauche de style classique. Un ovni sans lendemain. Jean-Christophe Spinosi, intuitivement, le pressent. La version de concert du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées n'est que prova, exercice d'approche avant exécution mature et enregistrement, dans plusieurs années. Quelques lignes de récitatifs butinés cavalièrement n'apportent pas de réelle cohésion à une intrigue peu compréhensible en l'état. Règles acceptées par le public, complice dès le début, conquis par cette suite d'arie intégralement restituées par un Ensemble Matheus aux spasmes adolescents désormais oubliés. Minutieuse illustration du mot, phrasés inouïs, douceur et délicatesse sont au rendez-vous. Seule option contestable : la pirouette finale, savoureuse certes, éludant l'intervention solennelle des dieux en farce à la Offenbach. Plateau convaincant, mais perfectible. Osmino divin de Philippe Jaroussky, Elpina craquante et drôle de Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Oralto superbe de Lorenzo Regazzo. Mais "Deh tipiega" illustre les limites du Narete un peu tendu de Jeremy Ovenden, alors qu'Anna Maria Panzarella n'est sans doute pas la Licori idéale (des aigus un rien au-dessous de la note parfois, mais de vraies couleurs et une émotion sincèrement distillée). Compliments à Veronica Cangemi enfin. Exquis "Dolceflamma", impressionnant "Destin avaro" (cruel pour le souffl)> où elle puise dangereusement dans ses ressources pour donner vie à Morasto. Mais est-elle vraiment Morasto? Par essence trop féminine peut-être, une dimension lui échappe inéluctablement. Etonnant Spinosi. Geste plus sobre, puissance expressive s'affirmant de concert en concert : une maturité prometteuse."
12 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great Vivaldi Opera May 2 2009
By M. Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is excellent in every respect. Singers (and that DOES include Jaroussky), orchestra, conductor and the composition itself are all exemplary. Kudos to Naive for bringing the Vivaldi operas out of the darkness. He is widely known for "The Four Seasons", of course, but his opera work product is even more impressive.


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