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Vivaldi: Orlando finto pazzo / De Marchi, Abete, et al

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>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Orlando finto pazzo
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Notes & Reviews:

'Orlando finto pazzo', the first opera Vivaldi wrote for the Venetian theatre, now has its premiere on Naive's Vivaldi Edition. In this opera Vivaldi displays both his mastery of the existing Venetian style, and the brilliant innovations he brought to it, in extremely virtuosic arias and scenes of overwhelming dramatic power, notably those for the sorceress Ersilla and the paladin Orlando whose 'feigned madness' gives the work its title.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Orlando finto pazzo ('Orlando feigns madness') was the second of Vivaldi's numerous operas, and his first for the Venetian stage. The story of Orlando's madness is taken not from the usual source, Ariosto's poem Orlando furioso, but Boiardo's earlier Orlando innamorato, a similarly tragicomic mix of love, intrigue and magic. In Ariosto's poem Orlando's madness is real, but here he pretends it for no obvious reason; in fact it's no more than a couple of episodes in a convoluted and unengaging plot built around a lovepentangle (no less), and further complicated by various disguises and rampant dissembling.

As it happens, Vivaldi doesn't on this evidence appear to have been a natural musical dramatist.

Yet what makes this music worth hearing is his evident desire to make an operatic splash at his first major attempt: there's music of irrepressible zest and personality; this early attempt deploys all the fiery and ebullient energy of his concertos and allies it to vocal music of neck-tingling excitement. Like Haydn, Vivaldi may not have been a great opera composer, but he did write operas full of great music.

Alessandro de Marchi's joyous recording brings together a typical Italian Baroque cast for a performance and recording of skill and enthusiasm.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Orlando finto pazzo
  • Performers: Antonio Abete (Bass); Gemma Bertagnolli; Marina Comparato (Mezzo Soprano); Manuela Custer (Mezzo Soprano); Martin Oro (Countertenor); Marianna Pizzolato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alessandro Marchi
  • Running Time: 185 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1714