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L'Incoronazione Di Dario Import

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  • Audio CD (May 9 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hmf Musique D'abord
  • ASIN: B0000007NI
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Disc: 1
1. Ov - Ens Baroque De Nice/Gilbert Bezzina
2. Act I, Scene 1: 'Figlie Tergete I Lumi'/Act I, Scene 2: 'Che Vidi Oime!' - John Elwes/Gerard Lesne/Henri Ledroit/Michel Verschaeve
3. Act I, Scene 3: 'Dario Intro'/Act I, Scene 4: 'Di Ciro Il Gran Monarca' - Dominique Visse/John Elwes/Gerard Lesne/Henri Ledroit
4. Act I, Scene 5: 'Languire O Dio Mi Sento' - Henri Ledroit/Dominique Visse
5. Act I, Scene 6: 'Flora'/Act I, Scene 7: 'Seguire Argene Io Devo' - Gerard Lesne/Dominique Visse
6. Act I, Scene 8: 'Udite, O Persi'/Act I, Scene 9: 'Ola Che Fai?'/Act I, Scene 10: Guerrieri, Ah... - Isabelle Poulenard/Agnes Mellon/John Elwes
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Disc: 2
1. Act I, Scene 14: 'L'occhio, Il Labro, Il Seno Il Core'/Act I, Scene 15: 'Niceno, Io Qui Ne Vengo' - Gerard Lesne/Michel Verschaeve/Henri Ledroit
2. Act I, Scene 16: 'L'Ambizion D'Argene, E Di Statira' - Michel Verschaeve
3. Act II, Scene 1: 'Cessa Tiranno Amor'/Act II, Scene 2: 'Signora' - John Elwes/Henri Ledroit/Dominique Visse
4. Act II, Scene 3: 'Verra Ne Le Mie Stanze'/Act II, Scene 4: 'Com E Costei Bizzara/Act II, Scene... - Henri Ledroit/Dominique Visse/Gerard Lesne
5. Act II, Scene 5: 'Lo Spietano, E Crudo Amor'/Act II, Scene 6: 'Lampa Eterna' - Dominique Visse/John Elwes/Agnes Mellon/Isabelle Poulenard/Michel Verschaeve
6. Act II, Scene 7: 'Ela Federe Io Deggio?'/Act II, Scene 8: 'Signora; Arpago Io Son;' - Gerard Lesne/Michel Verschaeve/Isabelle Poulenard
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Disc: 3
1. Act II, Scene 13: 'Dario Amato, E Dove Sei'/Act II, Scene 14: 'Vieni, Ed Affretta Il Passo'... - Henri Ledroit/Dominique Visse/John Elwes/Gerard Lesne/Michel Verschaeve
2. Act II, Scene 15: 'Sara Tua La Bella Sposa'/Act II, Scene 16: Da I Primi Albori Al Tramonta' - Henri Ledroit/Gerard Lesne/John Elwes/Michel Verschaeve
3. Act II, Scene 17: 'E Cosi Mi Lusinghi'/Act II, Scene 18: 'No No Chi Mi Rapisce' - John Elwes/Michel Verschaeve
4. Act III, Scene 1: 'Col Splendor Del Sacro Alloro' - Agnes Mellon/Isabelle Poulenard/Gerard Lesne
5. Act III, Scene 2: 'Cauti E Fidi Eseguite'/Act III, Scene 3: 'Pure Al Fin S'e Partita' - Gerard Lesne/Henri Ledroit/Michel Verschaeve/Dominique Visse/John Elwes
6. Act III, Scene 6: 'Misera, E Non S'avvede'/Act III, Scene 7: 'Son Stanca; E L'Orto Ameno'/Act... - Agnes Mellon/Gerard Lesne/Michel Verschaeve/Dominique Visse
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Approach to Young Vivaldi Feb. 12 2010
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
This opera dates from very early on in Vivaldi's career, so it is a sort of a transition work between a developing composer incorporating the forms and musical language around him, and the mature Vivaldi with his distinct harmonic and rhythmic style. The libretto also harks back to an earlier period, with its long stretches of rectitative, the varying structure of the arias and the use of comic characters within a serious work. Finally, this particular recording was made in 1986, the earlier days of the "Historically Informed Performance" movement, yet does not suffer from some of the more overtly "academic", dry interpretations of that period.

None of this should dissuade potential listeners used to contemporary conductors such as Alessandrini, Spinosi or Sardelli recording some of Vivaldi's later, more mature operas such "L'Olimpiade" or the Orlando operas. It's simply a different animal, and in our own contemporary recording context it is a refreshing change of pace. For starters, the Ensemble Baroque de Nice plays with a much thicker sound, in orchestral passages as well as in continuo accompaniments in the recitatives. It's definitely a "period instrument" sound, but the larger orchestra and more voluminous texture of the strings and continuo (with booming bass lines handled by bassoon) are a contrast to more incisive, scrappier timbres of more recent groups. In addition, everything is handled at a much more gradual clip, and the relaxed (but never crawling) tempos allow improved pronunciation of the words and more room to show off the beautiful sounds of the singers, orchestra and occasional instrumental soloist (such as the rich, grainy gamba solo that starts Act I's final aria). This approach is particularly illuminating in the recitatives: proof positive that recitatives can still be music and not just monotone expressions of half-sung dialog.

The cast of mezzos, sopranos countertenors and tenors is uniformly excellent, blessed with clear, lyrical voices. Though the booklet does NOT provide an English translation of the Italian libretto (only English paraphrases of the action), Italian speakers can understand the words through the singers' clear diction, and English speakers will understand the emotions and theatricality through their emotive vocal delivery. As stated, the Ensemble Baroque de Nice under Gilbert Bezzina's direction is an aural tapestry, with a lush, passionate sound that allows the listener to feel how Vivaldi uses his music to move the text along (or as a beautiful sound to simply luxuriate in). The firm, grandiose brass are sprinkled throughout, and when we start to hear Vivaldi's signature sequences and percussive rhythm the strings are particularly powerful (though not as "transparent" as some other period groups).

In contrast to the faster, more visceral readings of contemporary recordings, this is a very "grand" account of a transitional stage in the composer's development. Yet a part from being a curiosity or another way to approach the music, it's simply an exciting, beautiful and productive set. Highly recommended!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L'Incoronazione di Dario by A.Vivaldi Dec 21 2012
By tamino - Published on Amazon.com
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Vivaldi - L'incoronazione di Dario / Elwes · Ledroit · Lense · Verschaeve · Poulenard · Mellon · Visse · Bezzina
Opera written by the young A.Vivaldi, it offers a view of his immense talent to create diversity, movement,emotions and use of the voice as a conductor to feelings and understanding of the life here and where finally our souls will end up!
Already it is clear to hear how later he will go in his creations.
Instruments, voices are used with an incomparable way that, never along the lecture of this work, one can get bored or annoyed.
So many beautiful high tenors voices alternate in a colorful and powerful display of music that it is possible to listen again and again with never get tired.
I found it many years ago in a tape version which was stolen from me to my great regrets.
I was so happy when finally I found it back at Amazon in CD's.
I have it with me in my PC and in my phone to follow me as I travel around the world.
I wish I could see it on stage one day and also if I could find the music score to study more deeply into it!
I highly recommend it. It is rare and unique!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy, thank you ! Nov. 4 2013
By Terence Leaver - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a rare recording of a somewhat obscure Vivaldi Opera, and is consequently difficult to find. Once found and ordered, everything went smoothly except for the South African Post Office, who insist on diverting any incoming Mail to a Central Office where they levy VAT and "clearing charges". In doing this, they also delay the consignments for anything from 3 to 7 days.
So, although my CD suffered this fate and was delayed there for 4 days, none of this was Amazon's fault.