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Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria / Dantone, Comparato, Cirillo, dell'Oste, Heaston [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Adriano in Siria
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For the festivities marking the Pergolesi's tercentenary in his native Jesi, Ignacio García created a new staging of the imperial drama Adriano in Siria. His staging in Jesi's exquisite 18th-century Teatro Comunale Pergolesi includes the delightful comic intermezzo Livietta e Tracollo, thus following the precedent set at the premiere in 1734. A fine Italian cast and the distinguished Accademia Bizantina are led by the Accademia's director, Ottavio Dantone.

BBC Music Magazine
Realised with vibrant, breathtaking musicianship

a fine performance featuring the zesty playing of Accademia Bizantina. The arias for Farnaspe... are dramatically and musically accomplished, especially the gorgeous 'Lieto cos8 tal volta'... Emirena is sung superbly by Lucia Cirillo... and Nicole Heaston's performance as Sabina is simply sensational, from her immaculate long-held high notes... to flawless wide leaps of an octave and a half and wonderful embellishments... This is an exceptionally fine production that offers a great deal of integrity and fascination.

International Record Review
This is the most impressive and engaging product of Pergolesi's anniversary year I've heard so far...[Annamaria dell'Oste] is more dramatically aware and dignified than simply dazzling: she never once plays to the gallery, or drops out of character...The orchestral playing is exceptionally fine, with the very tight ensemble vividly captured by the microphones.

BBC Music Magazine
Top marks go to conductor and director for giving the music space to breathe. The vocal cast is almost uniformly brilliant. The tension between unbridled feeling and duty's constraints - a tension that obsessed 18th-century audiences - simmers throughout, energising the extemporisation through which the singers develop character. Dell'Oste is in a class of her own: she turns coloratura into eloquent, heart-rending declarations.

Gramophone Magazine
The stage action is pleasingly literal, sensible and unpretentious; Garcia allows the performers and audience enough mental space to concentrate fully on the rhetorical power of the soliloquy convention, without any ill-conceived attempt to subvert Metastasio's language and action into something sexy and postmodern...This is an exceptionally fine production that offers a great deal of integrity and fascination.

Classical Music
Dantone's young soloists, relatively unknown, burn with conviction and sing superbly...In fact, every aspect of this enthralling production is close to exemplary.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 188 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian


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>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Adriano in Siria
  • Performers: Lucia Cirillo (Soprano); Marina Comparato (Mezzo Soprano); Annamaria Dell'Oste (Mezzo Soprano); Stefano Ferrari (Tenor); Nicole Heaston (Soprano); Francesca Lombardi (Voice)
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734