This review is from: Il Teuzzone (Audio CD)Short shrift for this one, I'm afraid. A wonderful score, often showing Vivaldi's sense of instrumental colour at its sublime best (with some lovely solo passages for mandolin and bassoon), and a series of attractive arias - but comprehensively sabotaged by a woeful performance. While the vocalists pass muster, the orchestra falls well short of the highest standards. The string section is especially weak, seemingly engaged in a constant struggle with intonation.
The Brilliant label is very hit and miss, and this one is easily the worst encountered so far. Fortunately, I paid little more than a fiver for it on a trip to Poland. If no other version were available it would at least have the merit of alerting us to the opera's considerable merits. But now that Naive have released their version, there really is no good reason to opt for this one.
I very much look forward to hearing Naive's version (hopefully) doing justice to what seems like inspired composition. Meanwhile, here's hoping that this review makes at least one potential buyer think twice.