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Vivaldi: L'Oracolo in Messenia / Julia Lehzneva, Vivica Genaux, Ann Hallenberg, Romina Basso. Biondi

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>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Oracolo in Messenia, opera (mostly lost), RV 726

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>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Oracolo in Messenia, opera (mostly lost), RV 726
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Notes & Reviews:

L'Oracolo in Messenia, an opera written by Vivaldi for Vienna in 1740, was reconstructed by Faio Biondi in 2011 in a triumphant open to the famous Resonanzen festival in Vienna, appropriately enough. Originally, the opera was intended to be performed in Vienna during Carnival in 1741, but due to the death of the Austrian Emperor and ultimately, himself, his plans fell through.

Vivaldi expert, Fabio Biondi, reconstructed the work using a recently discovered libretto in the Library of Congress, Vivaldi's personal scores as well as those from his contemporaries. Bajazet and Ercole sul Termodonte, two other Vivaldi operas recorded for Virgin Classics, also follow the magnificent example Biondi set with L' Oracolo in Messenia.

This world-premiere recording of Vivaldi's last Vienese opera is led by Biondi himself on the violin and comprises a high-powered cast of soprano Julia Lezhneva; mezzo sopranos Ann Hallenberg, Vivica Genaux, Romina Basso and Franziska Gottwald; counter tenor Xavier Sabata; and tenor Magnus Staveland. The performance was greeted with a standing ovation and it was said that "th festival could not have launched its 20th anniversary in more triumphant fashion.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012
Biondi has assembled an impressive cast, with outstandingly fine contributions from [Hallenberg and Genaux]. It is Julia Lezhneva (Trasimede), though, who steals the show with dazzling coloratura and immense tonal precision...There is much to enjoy in the singing and playing alike.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
The Sinfonia (from Griselda) typifies the vibrant elan which we have come to expect from Europa Galante: crackling fast music that packs a horn-fuelled punch...the opera's explosive dramatic climax is Ann Hallenberg's performance of Giacommelli's intense scene for Merope.

MusicWeb International, 16th May 2013
Simply outstanding...Europa Galante give a spirited, vivacious interpretation, led magnificently by their founder...Gottwald makes a fabulous Etolian ambassador and young soprano Julia Lezhneva is simply outstanding as Trasimede...Genaux is usually exceptionally good but here, she achieves greatness. I have never heard her sing so well...I would give it ten out of ten and I intend to listen to it over and over again.

Opera News, April 2013
The individual arias and the final chorus are uniformly attractive. The cast contains three of the world's finest Baroque mezzos, with contrasting, expressive individual timbres..Lezhneva's technically astounding Trasimede made me begin to understand the hype this very young singer has occasioned...Biondi and his Europa Galante forces flourish in this kind of music; there's much to enjoy in the way of instrumental detail.

The Guardian, 11th October 2012
The performance...is an object lesson in how to do this type of work. Biondi's conducting is by turns witty, sexy and full of pathos...Fabulous, every second of it.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Nancy Glor (vocals).

Recording information: Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna (01/13/2012-01/15/2012).


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>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Oracolo in Messenia, opera (mostly lost), RV 726
  • Performer: Fabio Biondi (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Ensemble: Europa Galante
  • Notes: Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna (01/13/2012-01/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737