Vivaldi: Il Giustino Live
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À bien y regarder, l'on sait bien moins de choses qu'on l'eût cru sur Antonio Vivaldi, compositeur populaire entre tous. Pour preuve, la (re)découverte de ses opéras qui, chaque année, apporte son lot de surprises et d'étonnement auditif. L'auteur des Quatre Saisons a même été un amoureux de l'opéra, pour lequel il a consacré beaucoup de son temps. Après Admeto, Rodrigo et Arminio de Haendel, Alan Curtis exhume cette partition lyrique du prêtre roux : un premier enregistrement mondial ! Créé en 1724, à l'occasion d'un carnaval, Il Giustino est une uvre commandée au compositeur vénitien par le Teatro Capranica de Rome. L'excellence du plateau vocal réuni autour de Alan Curtis permet de goûter pleinement aux beautés insoupçonnées de cet opéra. --Pierre Guillaume
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P.S. Part of the opera was performed live on October 8, 2001 in Rotterdam and part in the studio the next day. Yet the acoustics in the opera house are so great you won't be able to tell which part is which!
A live recording in 2001, conductor and baroque expert Alan Curtis offers a mainly satisfying account of an attractive piece, while acknowledging the fact that he has made quite substantial cuts.
Curtis performed Giustino in at least 12 different venues over a period of 17 years, so his cuts are largely a culminatively sound judgement. But it would certainly be even more satisfying that the omitted arias are annexed to the CD as bonus tracks, since ‘Il Giustino’ is such a marvelous piece of work of Vivaldi.
The singing and playing are accomplished though not entirely even. Soprano Laura Cherici (Amanzio) is sometimes disappointing and tenor Leonardo De Lisi (Vitaliano) is inclined to sing under the note; with the 9th Scene of Act 1 being particularly ineffective. The quality of the string sound, too, is variable.
There are some enchanting arias that are substantially performed in concert settings subsequent to this recording, such as Leocasta’s “Vedro con mio diletto”, “Sventruata navicella”, marvelously sung by soprano Geraldine McGreevy as well as the ravishing “Senti l’aura che leggiera’”, which was later to turn up in Farnace and which also served as the third movement of a violin concerto; and the colourful instrumental colloquium includes a psaltery. The Act 1 Sinfonia della fortuna: Spring theme (Allegro) hardly needs any further introduction. Famous mezzo-soprano pieces also abound, such as “Sento in seno ch’in pioggia di lagrime”, aria of Anastasio at the beginning of Act 2 sung by Marina Comparato is another favourite concert piece. Similarly, the famous beautiful finale of Act 2 “Ho nel petto un cor si forte” (aria of Giustino) is ably rendered by Francesca Provvisionato.
While one may pick at some minor roles’ lessor performance level, I find the main protagonists are more than adequate – indeed, they are fully capable, and compares very favourably with later exponents of these favourite pieces like Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, et. al.
This is an invaluable addition to the Vivaldi recordings, and indeed, such a piece of great music eagerly awaits capable new renditions. And before that happens, a great bravo to maestro Curtis and his team!
WOW! I couldn't have sung it better myself! And I'm pretty sure, I was in Vivaldi's choir in a previous life, so I would know, when and where, he would want improvements! Pretty much none to be found here; if I said there was just one thing Vivaldi would wanted fixed, would you want to know? (no) Read on ... its a funny review, right?
OK - so after buying and listening to this CD, I've had stupid-dreams about it. In them, I'm ALWAYS getting reamed out during practices in some large cathedral hall by "the conductor man" (Viv) himself. "Too loud, volume DOWN, Katrin-not-in-the-middle-for-this-one, You are an Outer (a flank singer) this time!" And - such gems as - "Do I have to say, AGAIN ... You are ALTO - and this piece is for the SOPRANO! Quieter now; LET THE MIDDLE BE HEARD!"
And I always answer, throwing something I can't quite see (the score?) on the groud, "But I CAN'T sing quieter, and still stay on Key! You know that!"
"Yes you can; I think you didn't practice very much? WHAT??!!! Before a STAGE rehearsal. Always, at the last minute, Katrin?" (they say that to me in this lifetime too - I'm in science this time, I don't sing all that well) "I gave you SIX MONTHS to learn this one, didn't I!? How much time do you need to learn a piece!?"
Now I'm insulted. "But I DID practice, SO MUCH! I know it perfectly"
"Except for the sound emphasis marks! Did you TRY to sing softly? "
Now I'm properly chagrined, for a paid singer. "No ... (shuffle shuffle) ... I din't ... It was too bouncy a piece, I always practiced loud ..." (slink slink slink off to the side)
"Very well then. Places ... Others: ignore! (smack smack with the conductors wand) "Again, from mark two in bar 5 (what? can't we start at an easier spot?) "Jetz! und, Loss!"
Anyways, that's my nightscape dream recollections since buying this CD. I'll say, with some authority, this performance would have pleased the littie man (he's short, in my dreams at least) ... beautiful choral work! (And great "bringing out of the middle singers" (the soloists and their 2nd singer support) by the conductor. Way to go, Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco! Got more in the works?
Oh - Viv just clocked in to my mindscape and said I was wrong to pretend he hears anything wrong with it - he says it is Performance Perfect. (ta - there you go!) Now what! Can you imagine anything worse than to be plagued by ghosts of bosses from past lives? Actually that was pretty cool... Hi Viv! (he detests name shortenings!) Ha!
In summary - if you are looking for high-quality, easy to digest introduction Baroque at its most elegant (or) if you are already an expert looking to flesh out your collection, buy it. This beautifully and energetically performed, well-mastered and perfectly engineered performance will fit not dissapoint. As to the price, its 2 FULL (long) CD's - and you'll play it many times. Worth it.