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Vivaldi: Griselda Box set

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  • Performer: Colin Ainsworth, Carla Huhtanen, Lynne McMurtry, Jason Nedecky, Marion Newman, et al.
  • Orchestra: Aradia Ensemble
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (Jan. 29 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000ZJVI2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Sinfonira: Overture - Andante - Minuetto
2. Recitative: Questo, O Popoli, E Il Giorno
3. Recitative: Eccoti, Sire Innanzi
4. Recitative: Wignor, Or' Ora Al Porto - Aria: Se Ria Procella
5. Recitative: Ecco Il Tampo, In Cui L'alma
6. Aria: Brami Le Mie Catene
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Recitative: Demmi, Come Amorosa
2. Aria: La Rondinella Amante
3. Recitative: Pria, Che D'amar Ti Lasci
4. Aria: Agitata Da Due Venti
5. Recitative: E Nel Cuor Di Costanza - Aria: Dal Tribunal D'amore
6. Recitative: Andiam, Griselda Andiamo
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Disc: 3
1. Recitative: Risoluta E Quest'alma - Recitative: E Per SEmpre V'unisca - Recitative: Griselda, Il Re!
2. Aria: Son Infelice Tanto
3. Recitative: Temo: Pavento - Aria: Moribonda Quest'alma Dolente
4. Recitative: Passo, Roberto Amar? - Aria: Ombre Vane, Ingiusti Orrori
5. Recitative: L'empio S'ascolti - Aria: Dopo Un'orrida Procella
6. Recitative: Soffri Griselda Ancora - Aria: Sento Che L'alma Teme
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Vivaldi' Griselda, one of more than twenty operas, is based on a story retold in Boccaccio' Il decamerone about the testing of Griselda' patience and virtue by her royal husband through a series of cruel trials. The sense of drama that permeates many of V

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This is a real gem of a recording! I'm thrilled to find an alternative to the Spinosi disc, which in my opinion, is quite unpleasant, due mostly to the ridiculously fast tempi of the arias, and the unnecessarily aggressive accents in the orchestra (even the splendid singing of Marie-Nicole Lemieux can't save it!). However, Kevin Mallon and his Aradia band approach the score with an assured sense of style and flare. The singers are all young, but obviously all on the verge of fantastic careers. Carla Huhtanen is splendid (especially her fioriture), and Marion Newman is a good Griselda, noble and sympathetic, with a warm timbre. Bass Giles Tomkins is a regal Gualtiero, impressively managing the difficult fioriture of his first aria. Tenor Colin Ainsworth makes the most of his role of Ottone, with lovely ringing high notes. Overall, a great addition to the Vivaldi opera library. Let's hope Naxos will continue to offer good alternatives to the Naive recordings.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb5ddcf48) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb5ddea68) out of 5 stars Another beautiful Vivaldi Collection March 3 2014
By Musik Peace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very good quality recording - no ambient noises - clear music recording.
Most of the arias in this collection are excellent - the best of the best for me are: Ho il cor gia lacero (Griselda), Brami le mie catene (Griselda), Ritorna a lusingarmi (Costanza), Agitata da due venti (Costanza), Ombre vane, ingiusti orrori (Costanza)... among many many others...
HASH(0xa92fa9b4) out of 5 stars easily giving lie to some folks' claim that Vivaldi wrote ... Jan. 8 2016
By BG-Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased this a while back, being familiar with Vivaldi, but never having heard Griselda.

After listening to this three CD set many times, I feel compelled to share my conclusion that this is an absolutely first-rate performance and recording. For those unfamiliar with Griselda (although I already had over twenty-five Vivaldi CDs), I'm astonished that this isn't recorded more often; it is marvelous music, easily giving lie to some folks' claim that Vivaldi wrote the same thing over and over.

If you like Baroque music at all (Handel, Scarlatti, Bach, Weiss, etc.), you really shouldn't miss this, particularly at this price!!


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