Customer Reviews


3 Reviews
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A magnificent album, with rarely recorded music (even never recorded one) for the great soprano Bordoni. The neapolitan style is gorgeus specially the arias of Porpora and Vinci. The Sarro concerto is only gentle. The orchestra could have been more dramatic, but the singing of Roberta Invernizzi is plenty of grace and of flawless virtuosity. The whole thig is largely...
Published 17 months ago by Shishak

versus
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming music - pity about the singing
The great flautist J. J. Quantz, who heard Faustina in Handel's "Admeto", wrote this of her singing:

"She pronounced words rapidly and distinctly, and she had a flexible throat for runs, with a beautiful trill that she could set going instantly, whenever she liked. The runs might be smooth, or leaping, or consist of repetitions of the same note; all was as easy...
Published 20 months ago by C. Wake


Most Helpful First | Newest First

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming music - pity about the singing, 29 April 2013
By 
C. Wake (West Country) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: I Viaggi di Faustina (Faustina Bordoni's Journeys to Naples) (Audio CD)
The great flautist J. J. Quantz, who heard Faustina in Handel's "Admeto", wrote this of her singing:

"She pronounced words rapidly and distinctly, and she had a flexible throat for runs, with a beautiful trill that she could set going instantly, whenever she liked. The runs might be smooth, or leaping, or consist of repetitions of the same note; all was as easy to her as to any instrument."

She sang baroque coloratura like a well-oiled machine in other words, and she sounds a pretty hard act to follow; but there seems to be a fashion for having a try - this is the second "Faustina" album to be published this year. The other disc ("A Tribute to Faustina Bordoni" DHM 88691 944592 sung by Vivica Genaux) contains opera arias by Handel and Faustina's husband, Johann Adolf Hasse (who was quite as famous as Handel in his day). The present offering is of lesser music that Neapolitan composers wrote for Faustina before and after her famous trip to London. Some of them (Vinci and Porpora) were well-known at the time, but others (Sarro and Mancini) are obscure by any reckoning, but their music is uniformly charming and tuneful. The whole project springs from the present-day early music foundation in Naples.

The music is charming, but the singing less so. Roberta Invernizzi's voice is showing a great deal of wear these days, so much so that she has adopted Simone Kermes's technique of singing mostly in a sort of mezza-voce. This makes articulating all those runs and trills much easier (though she still scoops and yelps up to higher notes). She gets away with this in front of a microphone, but it would not work in an opera house, however small. The conductor abets Invernizzi by having the tiny band play very quietly, so the overall effect is rather dreamlike; not unpleasant, but nothing to do with how Faustina (or any other singer) would sound like in a live environment.

I enjoyed listening to the obscure repertoire on this disc, and having the opportunity to compare it with some of the arias Handel wrote for Faustina, but I cannot recommend the performances. Vivica Genaux's recent recording is better (and has much better music) but I am not enthusiastic about it; Genaux is also getting short of breath, and has an unpleasing bleat. If you want to get a decent sense of Faustina's capabilities I suggest you go to the recent Decca recording of Handel's "Alessandro", Faustina's first London opera. There you will hear Julia Lezhneva exhibiting just that "flexible throat" which Quantz described in the 1730's. When I listen to Lezhneva I find myself thinking, so that's what she sounded like. I'm afraid I don't have that reaction when I listen to Invernizzi.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 22 July 2013
This review is from: I Viaggi di Faustina (Faustina Bordoni's Journeys to Naples) (Audio CD)
A magnificent album, with rarely recorded music (even never recorded one) for the great soprano Bordoni. The neapolitan style is gorgeus specially the arias of Porpora and Vinci. The Sarro concerto is only gentle. The orchestra could have been more dramatic, but the singing of Roberta Invernizzi is plenty of grace and of flawless virtuosity. The whole thig is largely better than the recent Bordoni Album by Genaux, whose singing is certainly good, but whose choose of arias is not very intersting and with a poor orchestra who plays all in the same tempo. This one is highly recommended !
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Good interpretation, 2 Oct 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: I Viaggi di Faustina (Faustina Bordoni's Journeys to Naples) (Audio CD)
Good interpretation and a wonderful voice!!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Only search this product's reviews