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Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria / Dantone, Comparato, Cirillo, dell'Oste, Heaston [Blu-Ray]

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.

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.

BBC Music Magazine
Realised with vibrant, breathtaking musicianship

Viewers who are new to this early opera genre will find Adriano in Siria to be a real ear-opener. There is sumptuous vocalism with plenty of show piece arias for the principal voices who are an outstanding ensemble. The Accademia Bizantia and its leader Ottavio Dantone have this repertoire in their genes and I would doubt that you will hear such a rarely performed work done any better anywhere. Further, this Blu-ray gets fabulous audio and video recording, making it a benchmark for any future productions if any will come our way. When I watch unfamiliar works, and believe me Adriano in Siria is one of those works, I always look for some magic moments. In this production, American soprano Nicole Heaston supplied many of these and is a name to watch for. The present Blu-ray is the premiere of what is probably Pergolesi's masterpiece and I can think of no better way to get it across to the larger audience that it deserves.

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.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 188 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, 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