Notes & Reviews:
International Record Review, November 2012
Fernandez is a perfect choice here ideally partnered by countertenor Martin Oro - clean, supple and never prone to operatic outbursts. I find Bonizzoni's quest for greater simplicity and directness more convincing than King's greater opulence wonderful way to sample Vivaldi's light operatic style on a small stage.
Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
The music is very good, much of it showing Vivaldi's vocal writing at its most relaxed and delightful...Virtuosity is kept largely under control and the roles as differentiated as they could ever be; Senna, a free-flowing bass, is an especially happy creation...Bonizzoni's route through the score is...sure and sympathetic, and the orchestra performs prettily throughout.
Early Music Review, December 2012
There is some truly splendid singing here, most notably from Ann Hallenberg's commandingly imperious Merope and Viviva Genaux as her son Epitide.
BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
Lovers of chamber and dramatic cantatas by Handel might already known just how effective La Risonanza's performances can be. Under Fabio Bonizzoni's stylish direction, the ensemble once more beguiles our senses with Vivaldi's hugely appealing serenata.
The Independent, 22nd February 2013
There's an unmistakable courtly grace and light humour about the opening "Sinfonia", ably dispatched by La Risonanza's prancing strings and harpsichord, but while Vivaldi's skill shows in his incorporation of various French elements, the libretto leaves much to be desired.
Recording information: Saint Michel, Thérache, France (06/2011).