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Opera & Oratorio Arias

Audio Samples

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Tito Manlio, RV 738
>     Sonno, se pur sei sonno
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Juditha Triumphans Devictr Holofernes Barbarie, RV 644
>     Armatae face et anguibus
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Verita In Cimento, RB 739
>     Solo quella guancia bella
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Farnace, RV 711
>     Gelido in ogni vena
>     Forse, o caro, in questi accenti
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Arsilor, Regina Di Ponto, RV 700
>     Tornar voglio al primo ardore
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Orlando Furioso, RV 728
>     Sol da te, mio dolce amore
>     Nel profondo cieco mondo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ottone In Villa, RV 729
>     Misero spirto mio
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Verita In Cimento, RV 739
>     Cara sorte di chi nata
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Griselda, RV 718
>     Ho il cor già lacero
>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Incoronazione Di Dario, RV 719
>     Non mi lusinga vana speranza
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Orlando Finto Pazzo, RV 727
>     Lo stridor, l'orror d' Averno
>     Anderò, volerò, griderò
>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Olimpirde, RV 725
>     Mentre dormi Amor fomenti

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Tito Manlio, RV 738
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Juditha Triumphans Devictr Holofernes Barbarie, RV 644
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Verita In Cimento, RB 739
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Farnace, RV 711
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Arsilor, Regina Di Ponto, RV 700
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Orlando Furioso, RV 728
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ottone In Villa, RV 729
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Verita In Cimento, RV 739
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Griselda, RV 718
>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Incoronazione Di Dario, RV 719
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Orlando Finto Pazzo, RV 727
>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Olimpirde, RV 725
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Notes & Reviews:

Magdalena Kozena releases her first-ever Vivaldi album and highlights not just the virtuosic aspects of the composer's writing but also a more serene and gentler side. As with much of Vivaldi's vocal writing, most of it is still unknown to modern audiences. This allowed Kozena to personally select her favorite arias based purely on musical quality and not on any preconceived ideas about "greatest hits." Kozena reunites with Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, a collaboration that previously produced the critically acclaimed Handel album Ah! Mio Cor.

"Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena brings an earthy emotionality to this selection of arias that is weighted toward the ravishingly lyrical, but which also includes the floridly virtuosic. While she is fully invested in each role, and brings intelligently considered and emotionally committed characterizations to each of the arias, her singing is, in a way, self effacing; she is clearly more interested in the characters and the music than in making a show of her own voice, and that make her performances all the more appealing. Kozena's voice is warm and radiant, with an especially luminous middle and brilliant topThe soloists who provide instrumental obbligatos deserve special commendation. Archiv's sound is clean and present." - All Music Guide

The Times
Magdalena Kozená has almost become the Barack Obama of mezzo-sopranos. With that mesmerising voice, that magnetic personality, everybody wants a piece of her, after the Handel recital last year she raids the Baroque pleasure dome again, with 15 Vivaldi opera arias, largely unfamiliar, sung naturally in Italian.

The Telegraph
Kozená is a technically assured singer who can give Bartoli a run for her money in a virtuoso martial aria such as "Armatae face" from Juditha Triumphans.... Highlights of the recital include the enchantingly wry and playful "Cara sorte" from La verità in cimento and "Gelido in ogni venta" from Farnace , which recycles material from The Four Seasons .

BBC Music Magazine
... redolent with that distinctive Vivaldian poetry are hauntingly beautiful arias from Farnace, L'Olimpiade and Orlando furioso. Their lyrical appeal and expression of deep emotions are affecting, enlivened and intensified at every turn by Koená's vocal colour and intuitive responses. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is both complementary and supportive throughout.

Gramophone Magazine
The decision to pack the programme with slower and subtler arias pays dividends: "Sonno, se pur sei sonno" (Tito Manlio) is a quietly ravishing opener, "Sol da te" (Orlando furioso) features beguiling flute-playing by Michele Favaro, and the disc concludes with an exquisite interpretation of "Mentre dormi" (L'Olimpiade). There is plenty of dramatic bite on offer... especially in the compellingly taut "Gelido in ogni vena" (based on the opening of "Winter" from the Four Seasons), as Koená eloquently conveys Farnace's icy shock that he has unwittingly condemned his son to death. There haven't been many captivating Vivaldi opera aria anthologies, but this is definite among the most intriguing, theatrically varied and convincing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Toblach / Dobbiaco, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Gustav-M (10/2008).



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Tito Manlio, RV 738 :: Sonno, se pur sei sonno
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1719

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Juditha Triumphans Devictr Holofernes Barbarie, RV 644 :: Armatae face et anguibus
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1716

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Verità In Cimento, RB 739 :: Solo quella guancia bella
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 10/26/1720

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Farnace, RV 711 :: Gelido in ogni vena
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/10/1727

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Arsilor, Regina Di Ponto, RV 700 :: Tornar voglio al primo ardore
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 10/18/1716

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Orlando Furioso, RV 728 :: Sol da te, mio dolce amore
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/10/1727

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ottone In Villa, RV 729 :: Misero spirto mio
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 04/21/1713

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Orlando Furioso, RV 728 :: Nel profondo cieco mondo
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/10/1727

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Farnace, RV 711 :: Forse, o caro, in questi accenti
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/10/1727

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Verità In Cimento, RV 739 :: Cara sorte di chi nata
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Anna Fusek (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 10/26/1720

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Griselda, RV 718 :: Ho il cor già lacero
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 05/18/1735

>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Incoronazione Di Dario, RV 719 :: Non mi lusinga vana speranza
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 01/15/1717

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Orlando Finto Pazzo, RV 727 :: Lo stridor, l'orror d' Averno
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1714

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Orlando Finto Pazzo, RV 727 :: Anderò, volerò, griderò
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1714

>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Olimpirde, RV 725 :: Mentre dormi Amor fomenti
  • Performers: Gianfranco Dini (Horn); Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Running Time: 7 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/17/1734