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L'Olympiade: The Opera - A pastiche with music by Caldara, Cherubini, Cimarosa, Galuppi, Hasse, Leo, Pergolesi et al.

> Olimpiade - Olimpiade, Act II: Del forte Licida
> L'olimpiade - L'olimpiade, Act II: So ch'e fanciullo Amore
> Olimpiade - Olimpiade, Act II: Se cerca, se dice: "L'amico dov'e?"
> L'olimpiade - L'olimpiade, Act II: Tu me da me dividi
> L'Olimpiade - L'Olimpiade, Act II: No, la speranza più non mi alletta
> L'olimpiade - L'olimpiade, Act II: Gemo in un punto, e fremo
> Olimpiade - Olimpiade, Act III: Caro, son tua cosi
> L'olimpiade - L'olimpiade, Act III: Lo seguitai felice
> Olimpiade - Olimpiade, Act III: Fiamma ignota nell'alma mi scende
> L'Olimpiade - Act III: Son qual per mare ignoto
> L'Olimpiade - Act III: I tuoi strali terror de' mortali
> L'olimpiade - L'olimpiade, Act III: Non so donde viene
> L'Olimpiade - L'Olimpiade, Act III: Viva il figlio delinquente

Album Summary

>Leo, Leonardo : L'Olimpiade
>Hasse, Johann A. : L'Olimpiade
>Galuppi, Baldassare : L'Olimpiade
>Sarti, Giuseppe : L'Olimpiade
>Myslivecek, Josef : L'Olimpiade
>Paisiello, Giovanni : L'Olimpiade
>Perez, David : L'Olimpiade
>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Olimpiade
>Gassmann, Florian Leopold : L'Olimpiade
>Caldara, Antonio : L'Olimpiade
>Traetta, Tommaso : L'Olimpiade
>Jommelli, Niccolò : L'Olimpiade
>Cherubini, Luigi : L'Olimpiade
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : L'Olimpiade
>Piccinni, Niccolo : L'Olimpiade
>Cimarosa, Domenico : L'Olimpiade
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Naïve Classique presents a classical music mashup of Olympic proportions! In the eighteenth century, 1,300 years after the last Olympic Games in ancient times, the Olympic theme became highly fashionable. Many composers based operas of the libretto L'Olimpiade by Metastasio. This unique recording brings together sixteen of the "Olympian" composers who set the libretto to music, following the full libretto of the opera through different pieces of each composer's setting. It includes 16 arias in their world premiere recordings.

Sunday Times, 27th May 2012
The plot concerns the usual opera seria conflicts of loyalty, love and power, all set off by a deception. It amounts to a sequence of seemingly disconnected arias, but there's not a dud among them.

The Observer, 20th May 2012
Sung and played with freshness and spirit by the Venice Baroque and six youthful soloists, this disc - full of showpiece da capo arias and gleeful coloratura - may up your game on the obscure opera front.

International Record Review
Vivaldi's sole contribution, 'Mentre dormi', stands head and shoulders above the rest...The playing of the Venice Baroque Orcehstra under Chryssicos is extremely fine, full-blooded and alert string-playing with characterful wind contributions. This is a useful exploration of the compositional history of L'Olimpiade in attractive performances and I hope that complete versions by some of these composers are forthcoming once the Olympic frenzy is over.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Andrea Marcon's expertly trained orchestra responds well to Chryssicos, and the sound is full-blooded. The booklet, thick and elaborate, contains interesting notes, plus the texts and translations.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
If you treat the discs as a succession of concert arias there is much to enjoy here...the Venice Baroque Orchestra play with their trademark zest and colour...If the soloists can be word-shy, all sing with skill and stylistic understanding...Romina Basso impresses with her fiery temperament and scintillating coloratura...Nicholas Phan fields a compact, mellifluous tenor...The palm, though, goes to Karina Gauvin's Argene.

The Arts Desk, 18th August 2012
There are no obvious duds, though the best items do come from the few composers whose names are still remembered - a glorious Cherubini aria sung by Romina Basso's Megacle in Act II and Cimarosa's Non s= donde viene at the close of Act III...Comprehensively annotated, very well recorded and beautifully played.

BBC Music Magazine
Within individual numbers the performances can be thrilling...the band nimbly negotiates the huge range of effects demanded by this composite score...Franziska Gottwald is spellbinding in Vivaldi's 'Mentre dormi', combining tenderness, warm timbres and awesome pianissimos. Sprightly and silver-toned, Ruth Rosique tosses off Tommaso Traetta's fioritura with courtly ease.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondovì, Italy (08/2011).



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>Leo, Leonardo : L'Olimpiade :: Sinfonia. Con spirito - (Andante) - Allegro assai
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Hasse, Johann A. : L'Olimpiade :: Act 1. Aria. Superbo di me stesso
  • Performer: Romina Basso (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1756

>Galuppi, Baldassare : L'Olimpiade :: Act 1. Aria. Quel destrier, che all'albergo è vicino
  • Performer: Franziska Gottwald (Alto)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1733

>Sarti, Giuseppe : L'Olimpiade :: Act 1. Aria. Oh care selve, oh cara felice libertà!
  • Performer: Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Myslivecek, Josef : L'Olimpiade :: Act 1. Aria. Del destin non vi lagnate
  • Performer: Nicholas Phas
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Paisiello, Giovanni : L'Olimpiade :: Act 1. Aria. Tu di saper procura
  • Performer: Ruth Rosique (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Perez, David : L'Olimpiade :: Act 1. Aria. Più non si trovano
  • Performer: Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Olimpiade :: Act 1. Aria. Mentre dormi
  • Performer: Franziska Gottwald (Alto)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/17/1734

>Gassmann, Florian Leopold : L'Olimpiade :: Act 1. Duo. Ne' giorni tuoi felici
  • Performers: Ruth Rosique (Soprano); Romina Basso (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Caldara, Antonio : L'Olimpiade :: Act 2. Aria. Grandi, è ver, son le tue pene
  • Performer: Ruth Rosique (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Traetta, Tommaso : L'Olimpiade :: Act 2. Aria. Che non mi disse un dì!
  • Performer: Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Hasse, Johann A. : L'Olimpiade :: Act 2. Aria. Siam navi all'onde algenti
  • Performer: Nicholas Spanos (Voice)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1756

>Traetta, Tommaso : L'Olimpiade :: Act 2. Chorus. Del forte Licida
  • Performers: Ruth Rosique (Soprano); Nicholas Spanos (Voice); Romina Basso (Mezzo Soprano); Franziska Gottwald (Alto); Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Nicholas Phas
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Niccolò Jommelli (Composer) (1714 - 1774) : L'Olimpiade :: Act 2. Aria. So ch'è fanciullo Amore
  • Performer: Nicholas Phas
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1761

>Cherubini, Luigi : L'Olimpiade :: Act 2. Aria. Se cerca, se dice
  • Performer: Romina Basso (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1783

>Leo, Leonardo : L'Olimpiade :: Act 2. Aria. Tu me da me dividi
  • Performer: Ruth Rosique (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : L'Olimpiade :: Act 2. Aria. No, la speranza più non mi alletta
  • Performer: Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Galuppi, Baldassare : L'Olimpiade :: Act 2. Aria. Gemo in un punto, e fremo
  • Performer: Franziska Gottwald (Alto)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1733

>Niccolò Piccinni (1728 - 1800) : L'Olimpiade :: Act 3. Aria. Caro, son tua così
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Niccolò Jommelli (Composer) (1714 - 1774) : L'Olimpiade :: Act 3. Aria. Lo seguitai felice
  • Performer: Romina Basso (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1761

>Perez, David : L'Olimpiade :: Act 3. Aria. Fiamma ignota nell'alma mi scende
  • Performer: Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Hasse, Johann A. : L'Olimpiade :: Act 3. Aria. Son qual per mare ignoto
  • Performer: Nicholas Spanos (Voice)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1756

>Hasse, Johann A. : L'Olimpiade :: Act 3. Chorus. I tuoi strali terror de' mortali
  • Performers: Ruth Rosique (Soprano); Nicholas Spanos (Voice); Romina Basso (Mezzo Soprano); Franziska Gottwald (Alto); Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Nicholas Phas
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1756

>Cimarosa, Domenico : L'Olimpiade :: Act 3. Aria. Non sò donde viene
  • Performer: Nicholas Phas
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Hasse, Johann A. : L'Olimpiade :: Act 3. Chorus. Viva il figlio delinquente
  • Performers: Ruth Rosique (Soprano); Nicholas Spanos (Voice); Romina Basso (Mezzo Soprano); Franziska Gottwald (Alto); Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Nicholas Phas
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1756