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Vivid and engaging,
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This review is from: Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte (Audio CD)
This is a great piece of music-making and of musicology. Vivaldi's opera had its libretto preserved, but the music scattered in fragments all over Europe. Fabio Biondi brought the arias all back together, and composed pastiche recitiative to make a thoroughly convincing whole. The playing and singing are wonderful: full of bite and drive, with perfect accuracy even in the most elaborate passages. I enjoyed this almost as much as the same forces' version of Vivaldi's Bajazet. The only thing that flipped the balance was that Ercole has a larger proportion of recitative - and even though it's well done, it's still the arias that matter most. But this tiny quibble isn't enough to drop the rating below five stars.