Vivaldi Edition Vol.58 - Il Giustino | Naive OP30571

Vivaldi Edition Vol.58 - Il Giustino

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Label: Naive

Cat No: OP30571

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 7th December 2018

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Contents

Artists

Delphine Galou (contralto)
Emoke Barath (soprano)
Silke Gang (mezzo-soprano)
Veronica Cangemi (soprano)
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (tenor)
Arianna Vendittelli (soprano)
Alessandro Giangrande (countertenor)
Rahel Maas (soprano)
Accademia Bizantina

Conductor

Ottavio Dantone

Works

Vivaldi, Antonio

Il Giustino, RV717

Artists

Delphine Galou (contralto)
Emoke Barath (soprano)
Silke Gang (mezzo-soprano)
Veronica Cangemi (soprano)
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (tenor)
Arianna Vendittelli (soprano)
Alessandro Giangrande (countertenor)
Rahel Maas (soprano)
Accademia Bizantina

Conductor

Ottavio Dantone

About

With this new recording, the madly epic and romantic opera, Il Giustino, finally receives its place in the spotlight, something that the history of music has denied it up until now. The fifty-eighth recording and eighteenth opera in the Vivaldi Edition, which began in 2000, solidifies the status of Vivaldi as the greatest of opera composers - and of composers full stop.

It needed the talent, charisma and poetic energy of a great conductor to bring back to life this gem and it is Ottavio Dantone who assumes this mantle.

With an Accademia Bizantina even more virtuosic and passionate than ever, a cast of high-flying soloists (Emőke Baráth, Delphine Galou, Verónica Cangemi, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Silke Gäng) and instruments as rare as they are precious (such as the dreamlike psaltery that accompanies the breathtaking air by Anastasio), Maestro Dantone brilliantly reincarnates, through this legendary Giustino, the human passions of yesterday and today.

Cast:
- Giustino: Delphine Galou (contralto)
- Arianna: Emőke Baráth (soprano)
- Anastasio: Silke Gäng (mezzo-soprano)
- Leocasta: Verónica Cangemi (soprano)
- Vitaliano: Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (tenor)
- Amanzio: Arianna Vendittelli (soprano)
- Andronico / Polidarte: Alessandro Giangrande (countertenor)
- Fortuna: Rahel Maas (soprano)

Reviews

In a booklet note for his new recording, Ottavio Dantone argues for the dramatic validity of Vivaldi’s operas in general, and backs up his case with a performance of fiery energy and tremendous élan. ... Delphine Galou, smoky in tone and wonderfully secure over the role’s colossal range, really makes us believe in Giustino’s innate nobility and moral integrity. Silke Gäng’s warm mezzo and Emőke Baráth’s silvery soprano blend beautifully together in the duets for Anastasio and Arianna. ... The whole thing is hugely enjoyable, consistently engaging and highly recommended.  Tim Ashley
Gramophone March 2019

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