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I Viaggi di Faustina (Faustina Bordoni's Journeys to Naples)

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  • Orchestra: I Turchini
  • Conductor: Antonio Florio
  • Composer: Nicola Porpora, Leonardo Vinci, Francesco Mancini, Antonio Maria Bononcini, Domenico Sarro
  • Audio CD (8 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glossa
  • ASIN: B00BGEUF2W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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With 'I Viaggi di Faustina' Glossa launches a new collection focusing on famous Italian singers from the 17th and 18th centuries, whose travels bear witness to the intense level of artistic activity then taking place in the major cities of Europe. Faustina Bordoni, the brilliant diva with whom we begin this series, pursued her career mainly in Naples and Venice, but also in cities such as Bologna, Parma, Dresden and London. These were cities hosting, with great success, operas by Hasse (Bordoni's husband), Porpora, Vince, Mancini and Sarro; most of these composers are represented on this first selection of wonderful arias. In this repertoire, that fits like a glove, Roberta Invernizzi displays her renowned virtuosity along with a shared musical sensitivity with Antonio Florio and I Turchini.

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One of the loveliest items on the disc, enchantingly sung in long-breathed, sensuous phrases by Invernizzi, is by a Neapolitan composer, Francesco Mancini ... this is another disc that will win friends for the stylish art of Invernizzi and buried treasure of the Italian Baroque. --Hugh Canning, International Record Review June 2013

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Perf ***** /Rec ***** 'Roberta Invernizzi triumphs in this recording re-animating Baroque prima donna s Faustina Boroni s legacy with grace and authority. The Italian soprano deftlyn captures Bordon is celebrated qualities with precision, noble invention and pure yet warm tone. She sings with a dramatic intensity poised virtuosity and disarming spontaneity... Invernizzi shares not just Bordoni s qualities but also her Midas touch, turning music that appears to be unexceptional on the page to golden moments...Ivernizzi s languor and limpid simplicity thrill the listener... and to be shown the inspiration that a great singer can provide, both to composers and to other performers is long overdue.' --Berta Joncus, BBC Music Magazine June 2013

EDITOR S CHOICE Invernizzi s beautiful slow singing and the sensitive string band are breataking...The conceptual scope, repertoire and integrity of documentation fro Invernizzi s intelligent recital and Genaux s affectionate tribute are chalk and cheese but both are musically indispensable. --David Vicker, Gramophone July 2013

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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.
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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 !
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Good interpretation and a wonderful voice!!
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