Notes & Reviews:
Teuzzone is the 12th opera recording released in the Vivaldi Edition and the first new release by Jordi Savall in the series. In the galaxy of Venetian baroque operas, Teuzzone is one of the most exotic of them, and still totally unfamiliar to music-lovers. This richly fascinating opera, performed for the first time in 1719 for the Carnival of Mantua, in which all the protagonists are Chinese, inspired in Vivaldi some of his most astonishing arias. This recording is featured in the November 2011 issue of Gramophone Magazine, in a large piece about Jordi Savall. "This work has to be placed in the Pantheon of Vivaldi Masterworks." --Le Monde
BBC Music Magazine
[Savall's] intuitive feeling for rhythm, colour and tempo enlivens recitatives and arias alike. Raffaella Milanesi and Delphine Galou, the prime donne of the opera, are vocally agile and well contrasted... Zanasi is on splendid form as general Silvenio, as his three fine arias testify... here is so much here to tweak our sensibilities.
Le Concert des Nations play with plenty of flair. Even if guitar strumming can be obtrusive, gentler music, such as the emperor Troncone's dignified death in the opening scene, is performed sweetly... This accomplished recording is another distinguished chapter in Naive's epic Vivaldi edition.
Le Concert des Nations play with brilliant assurance; Raffaella Milanesi as the dissembling Zidiana and Delphine Galou's feisty Zelinda make a fine pair of leading protagonists; and male soprano Paolo Lopez, as Teuzzone, overcomes a hint of shrillness as he skips through fiendishly tricky arie di furore with elan.
There is excellent singing from the small cast, headed by the male sopranista Paolo Lopez, in the name part, and brisk, tidy playing from Le Concert des Nations.
Recording information: Château de Versailles, France (06/2011).
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Works DetailsVivaldi, Antonio : Teuzzone, pasticcio opera in 3 acts, RV 736
- Conductor: Jordi Savall
- Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 12/28/1718