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Vivaldi: Ercole Sul Termodonte / Biondi, Villazon

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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ercole, su'l Termodonte, opera in 3 acts (incomplete, but mostly extant), RV 710

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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ercole, su'l Termodonte, opera in 3 acts (incomplete, but mostly extant), RV 710
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Notes & Reviews:

“The secret here is Vivaldi's score, given a wonderfully energised performance by a cast of megastars...The Venetian composer is ubiquitously popular for his Four Seasons but his operas, making a gradual comeback, so far remain specialist territory.” -The Observer

“Joyce DiDonato is compelling as the passionate Hippolyta, her 'Onde chiare' especially beguiling. Vivica Genaux is splendid in the role of the warrior-queen Antiope, presenting her credentials with confrontational fervour...Lively, incisive and stylish instrumental playing by Europa Galante provide sympathetic rapport with the voices.” -BBC Music

“Villazón looms large in the title role of the Vivaldi opera here so vividly captured on disc... In vocal colour and style [he] always stands apart from his vocal colleagues. He’s louder and broader, less bothered about immaculate pitch...[yet] a jolting mix of vocal styles at least fits the score...the absence of weighty matter in no way diminishes the music’s brilliance” -The Times

Cast:
Rolando Villazon (Ercole), Patrizia Ciofi (Orizia), Diana Damrau (Martesia), Joyce DiDonato (Ippolita), Vivica Genaux (Antiope), Topi Lehtipuu (Telemone), Philippe Jaroussky (Alceste), Romina Basso (Teseo)

Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi

Italian Baroque specialist, Fabio Biondi conducts a fantastic cast in Vivaldi’s opera 'Ercole sul’Termodonte', first heard in Rome in 1723! Biondi himself brought the score back to life, reconstructing it for performance in Venice in 2007, and subsequently in Paris in 2009. Because no autograph score or contemporary copy of the opera was in existence, Biondi worked from the libretto printed for the first performances in Rome in 1723. He was then able to identify various arias from other Vivaldi scores kept in libraries around Europe, principally in France and Germany. In many cases, he also orchestrated the arias, extrapolating from their musical substance and his intimate knowledge of Vivaldi’s practice. Where no source existed for an aria or chorus, he reconstructed the music by adapting and borrowing from other works by Vivaldi. He also composed all the recitatives.

Italian Baroque specialist, Fabio Biondi conducts a fantastic cast in Vivaldi’s opera Ercole sul’Termodonte, first heard in Rome in 1723! Biondi himself brought the score back to life, reconstructing it for performance in Venice in 2007, and subsequently in Paris in 2009. Because no autograph score or contemporary copy of the opera was in existence, Biondi worked from the libretto printed for the first performances in Rome in 1723. He was then able to identify various arias from other Vivaldi scores kept in libraries around Europe, principally in France and Germany. In many cases, he also orchestrated the arias, extrapolating from their musical substance and his intimate knowledge of Vivaldi’s practice. Where no source existed for an aria or chorus, he reconstructed the music by adapting and borrowing from other works by Vivaldi. He also composed all the recitatives.

Biondi is an internationally renowned and highly regarded conductor. His Virgin Classics recording of Vivaldi’s opera Bajazet, was nominated for a Grammy, and won multiple awards including the Grand Prix de l’Académie du Disque Lyrique in France, an ECHO Award in Germany, and a Midem Classical Award.

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Recording information: Saloncino del Teatro della Pergola, Firenze, Italy (01/02/2009-01/06/2009); Saloncino del Teatro della Pergola, Firenze, Italy (06/06/2010-06/07/2010); Saloncino del Teatro della Pergola, Firenze, Italy (07/24/2008-07/31/2008).



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ercole, su'l Termodonte, opera in 3 acts (incomplete, but mostly extant), RV 710
  • Performer: Fabio Biondi (Viola d'amore)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Notes: Saloncino del Teatro della Pergola, Firenze, Italy (01/02/2009-01/06/2009); Saloncino del Teatro della Pergola, Firenze, Italy (06/06/2010-06/07/2010); Saloncino del Teatro della Pergola, Firenze, Italy (07/24/2008-07/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 01/1723