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  • Performer: Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini Lorenzo Regazzo
  • Composer: Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (April 18 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nvv
  • ASIN: B000E6G7BQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Allegro
2. (...)
3. Allegro
4. Recitativo
5. Aria: Chi Alla Colpa Fa Tragitto
6. Recitativo, Atto I, Scena 2
7. Aria: Se Il Cor Guerriero, Atto I, Scena 2
8. Recitativo: Atto I, Scena 5
9. Aria: Nel Profondo, Cieco Mondo: Atto I, Scena 5
10. Scena Della Follia: Ah Sleale, Ah Spergiura: Atto II, Scena 15
11. Lo Ti Getto Elmo, Ed Usbergo: Atto II, Scena 15
12. Aria: Con La Face Di Megera, Versione Per Basso, Atto III, Scena 2
13. (...)
14. Andante
15. (...)
16. Recitativo: Atto II, Scena 5
17. Aria: Gelido In Ogni Vena: Atto II, Scena 6
18. Aria: Terribile E Lo Scempio, Atto III, Scena 9
19. Recitativo: Atto II, Scena 6
20. Aria: Fiume, Che Torbido: Atto II, Scena 6
See all 28 tracks on this disc

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ed40df8) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8ad8c4) out of 5 stars Perfection itself! May 2 2006
By Laletta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Lorenzo Regazzo is the perfect Vivaldi bass. His coloratura technique is breathtaking - precise and fiery. His expression is feverishly passionate. His voice - sensuous, resonant, and pleasantly "covered", creates a bel canto illusion of a whole range of human sounds from an angry growl to moans and whispers, all shockingly beautiful. Regazzo's vocal ornaments are elegant and thoughtfully composed to fit both music and word. In short, very few modern singers are virtuosic enough to do this enchanting music such justice.
Notably, all aspects of Regazzo's virtuosity seem to be put entirely to the service of theatre, rendering the text believable. I have never heard such unboring recitatives before! In all the pieces the singer varies his ravishing frowning sound in his very engaging way to show conflicting sides of each character. Anger, strength as well as pathos and vulnerability are all delightfully audible. This way he turns roles into real human beings, which is a rare merit among baroque opera performers.

The album gives some room to the instrumental pieces. The orchestra (Concerto Italiano under Rinaldo Alessandrini) seems to create a very flowing but articulated atmospheric or maybe architectural background which the voice emerges from and disappears into. The music, as Regazzo notes in the booklet, feels inspired by Venice - and it shows on this recording especially, I think. The album also has a very theatrical quality partly due to the singer's style and partly because each aria is preceded with a recitative (which also nicely places the arias in context). The mood of the texts of the vocal selections is mostly somber, but the inherent optimism of Vivaldi's music, the gutsy, bright playing of the orchestra, and Regazzo's voice at once spirited, virile and full of longing makes the melancholy delicious and completely life-affirming.

This CD is great for any opera fan, and in my opinion it's a must for anyone interested in Baroque/Rococo vocal music.

Includes a String Concerto (rv 162) and arias from operas:
Armida al campo d'Egitto; Tito Manlio ; Orlando Furioso (the mad scene is amazing!); Semiramide; Il Farnace (beautiful Gelido in ogni vena); La Silvia; L'Adelaide; L'Olimpiade.

1. Armida Al Campo D'Egitto, Rv699-A : Allegro
2. Armida Al Campo D'Egitto, Rv699-A : ...
3. Armida Al Campo D'Egitto, Rv699-A : Allegro
4. Armida Al Campo D'Egitto, Rv699-A : Recitativo
5. Armida Al Campo D'Egitto, Rv699-A : Chi Alla Colpa
6. Tito Manlio, Rv738-A : Recitativo
7. Tito Manlio, Rv738-A : Se Il Cor Guerriero
8. Orlando Furioso, Rvanh84 : Recitativo
9. Orlando Furioso, Rvanh84 : Nel Profondo, Cieco Mondo
10. Orlando Furioso, Rvanh84 : Ah Sleale, Ah Spergiura
11. Orlando Furioso, Rvanh84 : Io Ti Getto Elmo, Ed Usbergo
12. Semiramide, Rv733 : Con La Face Di Megera
13. Il Farnace, Rv711-D : ...
14. Il Farnace, Rv711-D : Andante
15. Il Farnace, Rv711-D : ...
16. Il Farnace, Rv711-D : Recitativo
17. Il Farnace, Rv711-D : Gelido In Ogni Vena
18. La Silvia, Rv734 : Terribile E Lo Scempio
19. La Silvia, Rv734 : Recitativo
20. La Silvia, Rv734 : Fiume, Che Torbido
21. String Concerto in B Maj, Rv162 : Allegro
22. String concerto in B Maj, Rv162 : Largo
23. String Concerto in B Maj, Rv162 : Allegro Assai
24. L'Adelaide, Rv695 : Recitativo
25. L'Adelaide, Rv695 : Vincera La Mia Costanza
26. L'Olimpiade, Rv725 : Or Piu Tremar Non Voglio
27. Tito Manlio, Rv738-A : Recitativo
28. Tito Manlio, Rv738-A : Rabbia Che Accendasi
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Dennis Figueroa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow! Rarely a great composer is honored by a stellar voice, an eclectic aria repertoire, and a robust orchestration like in this CD. Lorenzo Regazzo can now die and go to heaven as a primo uomo. His timbre is in the true basso register. His renditions are flawless, creative, and refreshing. He imparts so much passion, pain, grief, and high theater to arias such as "Gelido in ogni vena". He builds instantly the mood and momentum that tear up the heart and soul of the listener. His interpretations are full-fleshed in coloratura and tessitura, and never repetitive. The singing bravura in "Con la face di Magera" is only counter-pointed by the clever and warm end note that brings the aria to a totally unexpected and pleasing anti-climax.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8add50) out of 5 stars Lorenzo Regazzo Shines like Gold April 3 2009
By Kyle Hancock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a treasure. As any bass or baritone knows, it is extremely difficult to get hands on Vivaldi bass repertoire. This is first time I was able to hear any of these arias. What a truly valuable CD this is. The artistry is impeccable. Both Lorenzo Regazzo and the orchestra have brought the height of expressiveness to this recording. I cannot express to you how delightful this album is. You will not regret purchasing "Arie per basso". Everything the other 5-star reviews have to say (up to the writing of this review) are absolutely true.

A slight quibble: I do wish the cover art was more appealing. The make-up on the model is weird and has nothing to do with the virility of singing or with the breadth of expression found on this CD.

Bravo, Lorenzo!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8adfcc) out of 5 stars Very Good! May 12 2008
By Jose R. C. Cardoso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A high quality recording, as usual in every naïve edition. Lorenzo Regazzo show his excepional voice, and his interpretation of Gelido in ogni vena (from Farnace) is amazing. I strongly recomend this purchase!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0fbc2dc) out of 5 stars Electrifying! June 5 2011
By Kelvin Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This collection of bass arias by Lorenzo Regazzo is an absolutely stunning collection of tracks meant to show off the quality of not only the performers but what seems to be a whole new approach by Naïve Classics to recording classical music in the high-def digital age. And for those of us who've grown up with the classical music bug, this represents the most exciting advances in getting the consumers the best products we've seen in ages.

The performance:

I agree with the first review. I've never heard anything so completely satisfying. Regazzo sings these arias, and sings them with technical precision, the emotion called for within context of the opera it came from, and with drama and gutsy "attitude" one would expect from a rock star. But these performances don't completely belong to the soloist. The Concerto Italiano under Rinaldo Alessandrini are one of the most convincing small ensemble groups I've heard in a while. They've done other recordings on other small labels, but they seem to be hitting their stride with their contributions to the Vivaldi Edition Naïve recordings. Their sound is unique and refreshing. What we get is musicianship that translates into Vivaldi with technical precision, charm,and genuine excitement. They have raised the bar for period instrument groups.

Vivaldi (Handel, Corelli, etc) were rock stars, writing the pop music of their day. Most conductors don't seem to have a good feel for where the melody falls in the orchestration, the difference between the lead, rhythm and bass guitar, so to speak, and what's harmonizing with the sung melody whether it be soloist or chorus. When this happens you get two results. Tempos that don't fit the piece being performed, lack of passion, and musical balance. Alessandrini gets it. He seems to understand these arias, and the other instrumental pieces on the CD, have melodies and melodic hooks (that thing that makes you want to listen to a pop song three times in a row) - and conducts these pieces with toe tapping results. What you hear is something that is actually fun and exciting. Alessandrini leads this orchestra, pulling out finesse (almost sensual at times) that other original instrument groups lack. He and the engineers serve up an experience you want to repeat.

The sound:

As good as the performers are, half of why these Naïve Vivaldi recordings sound so delicious is the engineering. The vocals are close and warm, but still have a pleasant reverb and presence. I love John Eliot Gardiner's recordings of Handel's oratorios, but lately I've noticed you really can't understand a word they are singing without the libretto. None of that here. The performers diction is clear, and they are miked properly so you understand every word - every syllable. The balance between Regazzo and the orchestra is spot on. The sound stage is open, detailed, and clear as a whistle. The label is onto something. If that isn't enough, they record is 96khz/24 bit audiophile. What that translates to for folks with really good stereo systems is life-like, three-dimensional sound and presence - the next big advancement in recorded sound.

Finally. A word about the packaging. Love, love, love it. I'm sorry. Naïve is a French company. The people that give us wine, pastry, French cooking, and Paris chic and fashion. The models got my attention, and I suppose the company is out to prove that you actually can judge a book by it's cover. This demonstrates a level of design (something in the French do REALLY well) that carries through every detail of what you take out of the box. The look, the sound, the feel. The liner notes are detailed, readable, and as good as what we used to get back in the vinyl days. (I do wish classical labels would start giving us visually challenged folks .pdf files or a web page we could visit to get print large enough to read.) So go ahead, Naïve. You keep putting the models on the covers, giving us booklets we can actually read, and the best Vivaldi recordings on the market. I'll eventually own them all. British invasion? This time, I think France gets a turn.

Highly recommended.