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Vivaldi: Teuzzone [Box set]

Antonio Vivaldi , Jordi Savall , Le Concert des Nations , Paolo Lopez , Raffaella Milanesi , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Paolo Lopez, Raffaella Milanesi, Delphine Galou, Furio Zanasi, Roberta Mameli, et al.
  • Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (21 Nov 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B005OSP65W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sinfonia: Allegro - Various Performers
2. Andante
3. […]
4. Act 1: Scena 1 [Troncone, Cino, Sivenio] Recitativo
5. Scena 1 [Troncone] Recitativo accompagnato
6. Scena 2 [Zidiana] Cavatina Al fiero mio tormento
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Disc: 2
1. Act 2: Scena 1 [Teuzzone] Cavatina Di trombe guerriere
2. Scena 1 [Teuzzone] Recitativo
3. Scena 2 [Zelinda, Teuzzone] Recitativo
4. Scena 2 [Teuzzone] Aria Torneṛ, pupille belle
5. Scena 3 [Zelinda] Recitativo
6. Scena 3 [Zelinda] Aria Un'aura lusinghiera
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Disc: 3
1. Act 3: Scena 1 [Zelinda] Recitativo
2. Scena 1 [Cino] Arioso Quanto costi, al mio riposo
3. Scena 1 [Zelinda, Cino] Recitativo
4. Scena 1 [Zelinda] Aria Con palme ed allori
5. Scena 2 [Cino, Sivenio] Recitativo
6. Scena 3 [Zidiana, Cino, Sivenio] Recitativo
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Personnel: Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall (conductor) Soloists: Paolo Lopez (male soprano), Raffaella Milanesi (soprano), Delphine Galou (contralto), Furio Zanasi (baritone), Roberta Mameli (soprano), Antonio Giovannini (countertenor), Makoto Sakurada (tenor)

Product Description

O111 513 (3 cd); OPUS 111 - Francia; Classica Lirica

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 5 Jan 2012
This opera is a wonderful addition to Naive Vivaldi's opera collection. Probably not as good performance as the ones conducted by Spinosi in Naive, but an outstanding performance in any case. This is a live recording but the sound quality is really good. The best singing here is by soprano Roberta Mameli who has a beautiful, clear and resonant voice, although she shows some difficulties in the agilities, but her aria opening the third act is worthy of the price of the disc. Delphine Galou is also very good, and she has very beautiful arias (for example the funny "La timida cervetta", listen and you will sure agree). Paolo López singing is also impressive, although he tends to abuse of apoggiature, and sometimes the voice sounds a little bit forced. The rest of the cast is good enough, and the orchestra sounds really good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the naysayers put you off! 26 Nov 2011
Given this is such a recent release I do seriously wonder how much consideration has been given to some of the comments made by my fellow reviewers - maybe they got advance copies! I also can't help feeling that the negative reactions may have also been coloured by Savall's previous and admittedly disappointing excursion into this territory with "Farnace". As far as I'm concerned this is a worthy addition to Naive's very very commendable series and if (like me) you've bought the others...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works for me 21 Dec 2011
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I haven't listened to any other versions, so I am unable to compare. However, I am very happy with this version, and I suspect the majority of "Opera Newbies" also will not be disappointed.

Maybe in the future I'll revise my opinion, but at this point in time, it's a thumbs up! for this version.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Vivaldi's Teuzzone was first performed in Mantua on 26th December 1718 under the patronage of the city's governor Philippe of Hesse-Darmstadt. The libretto by Apostolo Zeno, reflecting a Venetian fascination with exoticism and the Orient ever since Marco Polo, had already been produced as an opera ten times previously by other composers.

The argument concerns the dying Chinese emperor Troncone, confirming his son Teuzzone as heir, only for the emperor's scheming young widow Zidania to forge a will to her own benefit with the assistance of her suitors, Cino the minister and Sivenio the general, unaware of her desire to also marry the desirable Teuzzone, much to the consternation of Teuzzone's fiancée the Tatar princess Zelinda. All turns out well in the end of course, with the assistance of Tatar prince Argonte, various persons either magnanimously pardoned or imprisoned as appropriate.

Jordi Savall's previous Vivaldi opera recording released as part of the Naive/Opus111 series, Farnace, has been panned for supplanting the lead role originally written for alto with a baritone. This time at least he doesn't make such a crass and bungling mistake but I don't feel he has top class performers at his disposal here. The lead character of Teuzzone, originally cast as a trouser role for a soprano, is taken by male soprano Paolo Lopez, who has potential but whose delivery can sometimes be rather tremulous, wavering and gasping.

Mezzo Rafaella Milanesi playing the devious Zidania is somewhat flat and doesn't sparkle on the whole.
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11 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Calculated mediocrity 23 Nov 2011
I support this series, but these operas need truly great interpreters. Like the Farnace this recent effort with Savall is another misfire. (Savall, a baritone as Farnace, really?) In my opinion this recording flops due to the lack-lustre performance and inert interpretation. Although the music is OK it is not on the same level of inspiration of say Farnace, L'Olimpiade or Griselda, and at times can feel a bit like second rate Vivaldi. The orchestra - the only outstanding feature of this recording - delivers some just, crisp, exciting playing despite all efforts by Savall and cast to drown out all originality and spontaneity thereby consigning this performance to mediocrity. Unfortunately, this is the only recording of Teuzzone worth having: be warned the dreaded recording of Teuzzone with Manzotti should be avoided at all cost... Where was the whacky Spinosi or the stunning Alessandrini or de Marchi. Come on Naive - get your act together!
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