Vivaldi - Il Teatro alla Moda | Harmonia Mundi HMC902221

Vivaldi - Il Teatro alla Moda

Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC902221

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 16th October 2015



1720: in his famous pamphlet 'Il teatro alla moda', the composer Marcello satirised the excesses of new-fangled Venetian opera. Cadenzas, variations, ‘divismo’, virtuosity, popular dances, assorted sound effects: nearly three centuries later, each of the ‘qualities’ he mocked has provided the inspiration for this new release from Gli Incogniti to the glory of Vivaldi.

The Red Priest who aroused Marcello’s patrician indignation could not have cared less about such formal taboos! His experiments, his spontaneity, his juxtapositions and contrasts served only one rhetorical cause: the theatrical dimension of his instrumental music. Take your seats!


'A dull fellow who could compose the same form many times over' (Stravinsky). Amandine Beyer's new disc splendidly dismisses such a shallow judgement from the start, a concerto-form Sinfonia to the opera L'Olimpiade bustling with energetic rhythm, and vigorous figurations with no hint of a tune. [...] Forget the cheap jibes; Vivaldi was a supreme master of musical invention, as this recording triumphantly demonstrates. George Pratt
BBC Music Magazine February 2016

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