I bought this collection after having listened Orlando furioso and Bajazet (this one not part of the collection yet). I am not prone to operas in general but this collection was a real and stunning discovery to me. If you wonder what Vivaldi reminds us after years of commercial spots, obvious recordings and that Stravinsky' sentence, turn off the noise and listen what is emerging from the incredible amount of reconstruction's work done by scholars and musicians after the discoveries of Vivaldi original manuscripts in Turin: a whole change of perspectives in Vivaldi's musical perception. The book included is full of information about manuscripts, music and performers: deserves a full reading. Do it!
Two things have to be underlined in these recordings: the use of dedicated voices for this repertoire and the texture among voices, music and text. Pls, listen Griselda and make a comparison between the latest one published by Naxos. In the Naïve recording, the approach to the arias, recitatives and the psychology of the whole opera is different and much deeper.
The joy of the executors in playing this music is real and contagious but... if you belong to the rank of those who start listening a CD with a chronometer in their hand it's, maybe, disappointing: Not too bad: Solisti Veneti and Co. are always available on the market.
Despite being an oratorio, Juditha Triumphans is included and it's a real delight: among those already available on the market stands alone at least for one thing: the happiness of musicians in playing it!
Another reason I would suggest to buy this collection is that noting similar is available on the market (I mean the quantity and quality of dramas collected here including the saving respect when bought one at a time).
All the recordings are excellent from a technical point of view except some minor snags.
Last, I would like to know that "smart" person who studied the way to fix up the CDs to the book: works very well in braking half the disk during the extraction. Compliments!