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Vivaldi: Atenaide - Musical Drama in 3 Acts [Box set]

Federico Maria Sardelli Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Jan 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: IMPORT
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. AllegroModo Antiquo 1:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. AndanteModo Antiquo 2:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. AllegroModo Antiquo0:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. RecitativoSandrine Piau 7:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Aria (Ti Stringo in Quest'Amplesso)Paul Agnew 5:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. RecitativoSandrine Piau 2:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Aria (Della Rubella)Sandrine Piau 3:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. RecitativoModo Antiquo 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. RecitativoModo Antiquo0:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Aria (L sul Margine del Rio)Modo Antiquo 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. RecitativoModo Antiquo 1:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Aria (Al Valore che Prode ti Preggi)Modo Antiquo 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. RecitativoModo Antiquo 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Aria (Imeneo piu Chiare)Modo Antiquo 3:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. RecitativoModo Antiquo0:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Aria (Trovo ne'gli Occhi Tuoi)Modo Antiquo 4:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Aria (Reggia Amica, a te Vicino)Modo Antiquo 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. RecitativoModo Antiquo 1:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. RecitativoPaul Agnew 1:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. RecitativoPaul Agnew 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Aria (Mal s'Accende di Sdegno il tuo Core)Paul Agnew 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. RecitativoModo Antiquo 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Aria (Tanto Lieto ho il Core)Modo Antiquo 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. RecitativoModo Antiquo 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Aria (Di Novi Allori Adorno)Modo Antiquo 2:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. RecitativoModo Antiquo 1:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Aria (Qual la Sua Colpa Sia)Modo Antiquo 2:440.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. RecitativoModo Antiquo0:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Aria (Quanto Posso a' me fo Schermo)Modo Antiquo 5:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. RecitativoModo Antiquo 1:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. RecitativoSandrine Piau 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Aria (Nel Profondo Ciecco Orrore)Modo Antiquo 3:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. RecitativoSandrine Piau 2:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Aria (Son Colvepole a'tuoi Lumi)Sandrine Piau 4:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. RecitativoModo Antiquo0:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. RecitativoModo Antiquo0:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. RecitativoModo Antiquo 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Aria (Vorresti, il so)Modo Antiquo 3:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. RecitativoModo Antiquo 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Aria (Sorge l'Irato Nembo)Modo Antiquo 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. RecitativoModo Antiquo 1:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Aria (Bel Piacardi Fido Core)Modo Antiquo 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. RecitativoPaul Agnew0:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Aria (Se Cieco Affetto)Paul Agnew 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. RecitativoModo Antiquo 3:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. RecitativoSandrine Piau 1:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Aria (Al Tribunal d'Amore)Modo Antiquo 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. RecitativoSandrine Piau 5:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Aria (Il Moi Amore Diventa Furore)Modo Antiquo 2:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. RecitativoSandrine Piau0:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Aria (Vado a Recar Contenti)Modo Antiquo 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. RecitativoSandrine Piau 1:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Aria (Eccelso Trono)Sandrine Piau 5:250.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Recitativo AccompagnatoModo Antiquo0:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Aria (Alme Perfide Insegnatmi)Modo Antiquo 2:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. RecitativoModo Antiquo 2:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. RecitativoModo Antiquo 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. AriaModo Antiquo 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. RecitativoModo Antiquo 1:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. RecitativoSandrine Piau 2:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Aria (Piu non Vuo Mirar quel Volto)Modo Antiquo 1:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. RecitativoSandrine Piau 2:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. RecitativoSandrine Piau0:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Arioso (Qual Demone)Sandrine Piau 2:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Aria (In Bosco Romito)Sandrine Piau 6:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Aria (Cormio che Prigion Sei)Modo Antiquo 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. RecitativoModo Antiquo 2:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. RecitativoModo Antiquo 1:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. RecitativoModo Antiquo0:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Aria (Lieto va l'Agricoltore)Modo Antiquo 4:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. RecitativoSandrine Piau 1:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Aria (Infausta Reggia Addio)Sandrine Piau 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. RecitativoModo Antiquo0:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. RecitativoModo Antiquo 1:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. RecitativoPaul Agnew 1:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. RecitativoPaul Agnew 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Aria (M'Accende Amor l'Ire Guerriere)Modo Antiquo 2:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. RecitativoModo Antiquo0:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Aria (Te Solo Penso)Modo Antiquo 5:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. RecitativoModo Antiquo0:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. RecitativoPaul Agnew 1:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. RecitativoPaul Agnew0:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. RecitativoSandrine Piau0:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Aria (Si son Tua Padre Amoroso)Sandrine Piau 1:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. RecitativoSandrine Piau 1:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. RecitativoSandrine Piau 1:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. RecitativoModo Antiquo 1:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Coro (Bel Goder Quando si Gode)Modo Antiquo0:490.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

Na ve continues its admirable series of complete recordings of Vivaldi's operas with Atenaide, an opera seria that was not successful at its 1728 premiere, and received no further performances during the composer's lifetime. This recording was made as a result of the first modern production, which was presented in the same Florentine theater in which the opera had received its premiere. With an unusually convoluted plot, and lasting over three-and-a-half hours, its unlikely that Atenaide will ever make its way into the repertoire, but especially for the Vivaldi enthusiast and the lover of virtuosic Baroque vocal display, the opera should be very attractive. In the title role, Sandrine Piau sings with remarkable tonal purity, flexibility, and expressivity. The other women in the cast are worthy colleagues for Piau. Soprano Vivica Genaux, mezzo-sopranos Guillemette Laurens and Romina Basso, and, especially, contralto Nathalie Stutzman pour themselves fully into their roles, creating rounded, clearly differentiated characters, and they maintain the highest standards of vocal beauty and virtuosity. The men, tenors Paul Agnew and Stefano Ferrari, are out of their league in such stellar company; they don't lack the technical facility to manage the music, but their voices are small and tend to sound thin and underpowered. Federico Maria Sardelli leads Modo Antiquo in a delicate but spirited performance that is nicely nuanced, and gives the singers plenty of opportunity to be rhythmically free and expressive in the recitatives. Na ve's sound is immaculate, with a lively balance between the singers and instrumentalists.

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O111 438 (3 cd); OPUS 111 - Francia; Classica Lirica

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiasco or cabal? 26 Jan 2011
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"Fiasco or cabal?" The accompanying notes by Frederic Delamea indicate that historical record seems divided as to just how well Vivaldi's "Atenaide" was received. At any rate, this recording in 2006 marked the first time in 278 years that the work had been performed, and on the basis of this set, was surely overdue a revival.

The characters are based on real historical figures, 5th century Eastern Emperor Theodosius II and his wife to be Atenaide (a daughter of philosopher Leontius later to be rechristened Aelia Eudocia on baptism), identified as a suitable mate by Theodosius's sister Pulcheria. The fictional plot involves the usual sort of baroque opera nonsense with several intersecting love triangles which all turns out right in the end.

That aside (the notes indicate that Vivaldi's contract allowed him no control over the libretto by Apostolo Zeno), this is Vivaldi in decent musical form, and with this performance by a mostly excellent cast and orchestra, the set is a definite recommendation.

Sopranos Sandrine Piau (Atenaide) and Vivica Genaux (Teodosio) deliver to their expected standard, mezzo Guillemette Laurens supports well as Pulcheria, as does contralto Nathalie Stutzmann as general Marziano. "Mezzo" (surely closer to contralto?) Romina Basso as the Sassanian prince Varane who also has his eye on Atenaide is a solid performer who I enjoy more and more every time I hear her. Tenor Paul Agnew as Atenaide's father Leontino is sturdy in the aria but can be sometimes slightly irritatingly over the top in the recitative. The other tenor Stefano Ferrari playing the (anachronistic) Prefect of the Praetorian Guard is decent but seems a little weak and "dry".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem in the Naive series 30 Oct 2007
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Based on a libretto by Apostolo Zeno, and first performed in Florence in 1728, Vivaldi's Atenaide is a remarkably satisfying piece. Many of the arias were originally written for Orlando furioso, the opera completed immediately before this one, but they work wonderfully in this context. There are, however, no ensembles or even duets in this work. As usual the score is full of opportunities for low-voiced women, so loved by Vivaldi.

The singers in this production all acquit themselves ably. Sandrine Piau is Atenaide, and is the only soprano in this production. The mezzo Vivica Genaux is billed in the liner notes as a soprano, but sings in the high mezzo-soprano range as the Emperor Teodosio. Genaux's singing is as thrilling as ever and her phrasing and control are exquisite. The low mezzo-soprano Romina Basso is also perfect as the dastardly Varane, rival for Atenaide. There are one or two moments where she lacks the bottom range for this part, but her rendition of her first-act aria Tanto lieto ho il core in petto, an aria taken from Orlando furioso, is much better than Marie Nicole Lemieux's performance of it in the recording of that opera. The tenors Paul Agnew and Steffano Ferrari also aquit themselves nicely, Agnew as the slightly ineffectual Leontino, father of Atenaide, and Ferrari as the emperor's attendant Probo.

The two stars of this recording are, for me, the French singers Nathalie Stutzmann and Guillemette Laurens. Laurens is the emperor's sister Pulcheria, a manipulative woman determined to scuttle her brother's pursuit of Atenaide. Vivaldi provided this character with arias that signal her unsettled and manipulative nature perfectly, and Laurens performs them wonderfully, fully committing to the role. Her aria, La sul margine del rio, has a lovely if somewhat inane melody, but the ornamentation that Vivaldi supplied (echoed in the strings) transforms it into a hugely difficult piece that Laurens performs with grace and charm. This aria is one of the highlights of the work for me, although all of Pulcheria's arias provide the singer with a challenge.

Nathalie Stutzmann plays the role of Marziano, a Byzantine general who is in love with Pulcheria but cannot hope to be her suitor because of his lower social standing. Marziano has only 4 arias--2 in the first act, and one in the second and the third act--but they are all amazing. The second aria in the first act is a recycled aria from Orlando furioso. In that work it was sung very nicely by the mezzo-soprano Blandine Staskiewicz, but Stutzmann brings a weight to the piece with her considerably lower alto, that makes the octave displacements and fast runs called for by Vivaldi even more spectacular. Her absolute control and ability to deliver the apparently impossible is part of Stutzmann's appeal here, although at times her vibrato is a little wide. Marziano's aria in the third act is devastating in its sadness--he finally admits to himself that his love for Pulcheria is hopeless--and here Stutzmann shines, fully committing to the drama of this piece in her almost sobbing delivery that is perfection.

All in all, this recording is a wonderful addition to the Naive series. I ordered my copy from France because I didn't want to wait for the U.S. release date, and it has been in constant rotation in my stereo in the last month. It is among my favorites in this series, as well as La Verita in Cimento and L'Olimpiade.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Red Priest went green 22 Dec 2008
By Dennis Figueroa - Published on
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...And recycle arias he did. Though the music is extremely melodic, generally the material is not tutto fresco.

The booklet editorial notes concern themselves with the mystery surrounding the success or probable flop of Atenaide at the Teatro La Pergola in Florence back in December of 1728. Royal court complots notwithstanding and probably scheming against Vivalvi, audiences back then were no different if a little more critical than the opera going crowd today. They ultimately explain why this opera premiered to its best opening night and soon after went dormant for the next 280 years. Set in a time when operas were the entertainment equivalent to motion pictures, would the paying public return to see KONG KING when in the previous season had seen enough of KING KONG?

From Vivaldi's perspective, this opera was commissioned to him with less artistic autonomy than he was used to, and more strained situations than he would have liked. He did not care much for the poet Zeno imposed by his producers for Atenaide's libretto, and there seemed to have been an apparent rift between him and his empresarios over Ana Giro's role, his protegee and muse. Framing all this drama into the music, the result might not be surprising if Vivaldi gave Atenaide sloppy seconds borrowed from Orlando Furioso (1727) and Il Farnace(1727) to fulfill his contractual obligations and get it over with.

Putting the recycling issue to rest, the music is quite grand, the cast star-filled, and the orchestration creative. Sardelli's choice for fast and bright tempo is fascinating, and historically in tune with what baroque audiences and singers preferred and expected in the Italian settecento. After all, this was the time of the Masters, and the Castrati roamed and ruled the world. The standard was high. To meet this challenge, the Atenaide's cast here truly delivered. The aria Sorge L'irato Nembo is re-packaged beautifully and re-gifted in vibrant colors. It starts like the galloping of a horse that sounds stronger as the approching distance gets shorter, and then takes flight in the da capo like a unicorn dancing and prancing in the skies. Ferrari is again leading the role of primo amoroso and charming his way thru the aria Alme Perfide, my all time favorite from Atenaide...and by the way, Amazon, take note, Ferrari's name is Stefano not Franco. Granted, Franco Ferrari has certain je-ne-sais-quoi musical cacophony but request the baptismal rights to it first. It is great to hear more and more of Sandrine Piau. She has stamina and virtuosity, and together with Bartoli, Invernizzi, and Prina are the dueling divas of baroque singing today.
5.0 out of 5 stars It is great 5 Jan 2012
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Fortunately, it can also cost significantly less than $30. has a cd-quality download (flac) with the booklet and the covers for 11.99 euros. They also have La Fida Ninfa for 4.99!!

New age of high quality downloads is finally here. Thanks to a Franch company!? Who would have thought.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This in one of a great series 19 Feb 2009
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I've enjoyed this and all the recordings in this series of Vivaldi operas. Looking forward to the next one "La Fida Ninfa" being released soon.
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