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  • Performer: Lorenzo Regazzo, Veronica Cangemi, Philippe Jaroussky, Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, et al.
  • Conductor: Jean-Christophe Spinosi
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B001GJ1QR0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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World premiere recording of Vivaldi's 'La Fida Ninfa'. La Fida Ninfa premiered during the Verona carnival of 1732 at the Teatro Filarmonico. The work was composed to help celebrate the opening of the theatre, which had been postponed for two years, since at that time, the city had been surrounded by foreign military troops. The production was spectacular, and included elaborate ballets by Andrea Cattani, a famous ballet master from Poland, as well as sumptuous sets by Francesco Bibiena. This new release from Naive is the ninth opera to be featured in the label's ongoing Vivaldi Edition, a project launched in 2000 with the aim of recording the massive collection of Vivaldi autograph manuscripts preserved today in the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria in Turin. The collection includes fifteen operas and several hundred concertos, as well as sacred compositions and secular cantatas, most of which has not been heard since the eighteenth century. This is the fourth opera in the series to be performed by Ensemble Matheus under the direction of Jean-Christophe Spinosi. The previous three, Griselda, Orlando Furioso and La Verita in Cimento have received many international accolades, including a BBC Music Magazine Award for Griselda in 2007. Personnel: Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor) Soloists: Lorenzo Regazzo (Oralto), Veronica Cangemi (Morasto), Philippe Jaroussky (Osmino), Sandrine Piau (Licori), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Elpina), Topi Lehtipuu (Narete), Sara Mingardo (Giunone)

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(4 stars) Superb...one aria of scorching invention follows another...bedecked with nimbly illustrative orchestral finery...a spectacular baroque rediscovery, resistance is pointless.
-- The Times, (Geoff Brown), July 3, 2009

(5 stars) The music is so gorgeous and erotic that your qualms evaporate and you surrender to it...bliss to listen to. -- The Guardian, (Tim Ashley), July 24, 2009

Ensemble Matheus play with verve and sensitivity. All involved convey a keen enthusiasm for the music, and their enjoyment is infectious. -- Opera, (Laura Battle), July 2009

Marvellous singing...probably Spinosi's most consistent opera recording yet and indicates that La fida ninfa is one of Vivaldi's best stage works. -- Gramophone, (David Vickers), September 2009

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By Jon Chambers VINE VOICE on 31 July 2010
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Strange how this wonderful CD should have been so thoroughly panned by some. According to one reviewer, Spinosi is guilty of 'atrocities' and his Vivaldi recordings on Naive 'the absolute worst of the worst'. To my mind, however, the music, the recording and the production combine to create superb entertainment. Despite the fact that in Act III we descend from the peaks of Vivaldi's highest inspiration - but even here there's still plenty of interest, with an engaging variety of texture and instrumentation. The melodic charm and inventiveness of the first two acts marks this opera out as perhaps Vivaldi's most dynamic, sustained and accomplished. We move effortlessly from solemnity and poignancy to frivolity and beyond. Unusually, even the recitatives repay careful listening, as Spinosi manages to extract maximum depth and interest from something as unpromising as a single, unvibrated double-bass line (in, most noticeably, the opening recitative).

La fida ninfa was first performed in 1732 (to inaugurate Verona's new opera house) and was therefore written in Vivaldi's later style, in which arias are longer and more elaborated than those of his 'early' phase. Despite this, Act III contains almost forty numbers, in a helter skelter of action that seems more break-neck than anything Vivaldi had written previously.

This is the only version of the work I know, and to my mind it is so completely satisfying that there's no rush to hear alternatives. Listening to this recording helps you understand why leading authority Reinhart Strohm thought that Vivaldi lavished his 'best energies' on operatic composition (and makes us lament the loss of so many of his scores in this genre). Roll on the next Naive. And the next Spinosi!
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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2011
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If, as the previous reviewer says, this recording has been "thoroughly panned" by some, it is hard to see why. It's Vivaldi in creative form with some fabulous music, albeit as noted a little weaker in the third act.

A great cast too. Perennial favourites of mine contralto Sara Mingardo and countertenor Philippe Jaroussky get relatively minor roles, tenor Top Lehtipuu is truly wonderful here, but there are also excellent performances from artists I have not experienced before - soprano Veronica Cangemi, bass Lorenzo Regazzo and bass-baritone Christian Senn. Soprano Sandrine Piau hasn't really ranked highly on my list compared to many other vocalists but here is superb. Crikey, even contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux who has never lit my fire delivers something here which is forced to make me reassess her quality and think again.

Main downside for me is that when listening on headphones there is a bit of distracting extraneous noise picked up sometimes, perhaps rustling of scores or the like.

The three disc come in double jewel case along with separate booklet in cardboard sleeve. The booklet provides, notes, synopsis and libretto in French, English & Italian.
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HASH(0x8d2a7e34) out of 5 stars This nymph is one spit fire singing dragon 7 Mar. 2009
By Dennis Figueroa - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Spinosi's best directorial work, and one where high artistic risks have yielded maximum results. His choice of singers is stellar in terms of talent and name recognition. His interpretation of Vivaldi is a crowd pleaser for instrumental vibrancy, and excitement. This album marks not just Spinosi's indulgent approach to Vivaldi, but an evolution in how Naive is interpreting the composer. At last, musicians are taking a quantum leap to free Vivaldi from 2oth Century conventions and limitations. Spinosis's orchestral accompaniment strikes a perfect balance of resounding presence and exalting the vocals. He is bold, and puts the orchestra in the forefront to paint a clear portrait of the music. He proves that no longer baroque opera requires orchestration subservient to singing by fading in the background.

La Fida Ninfa is a story of nymphs, gods, shepherds, and pirates, and a libretto quite ambitious to put them together in a tale puzzling to decipher. But never mind the complex plot, Vivaldi wrote very fabulous music to make sense out of it all ! As an opera, La Fida Ninfa is melodically very homogeneous, so much so that some arias have similar under-construction with different treatments in tempo. This provides some insight into Vivaldi's genius, and his inspiration to spin a simple tune in so many different directions. Similarities notwithstanding, these arias stand out, and set themselves apart from each other for their unique refinement in mood, rhythm and technical challenge. This is the case for Alma Oppressa, Destin Avaro, and Deh Ti Piega.

Sandrine Piau is, well, awesome and seems to ever be pushing her own limits in every new album. She sings Alma Oppressa with brio. Her breath control is death-defying and just as her melismas run an inhuman length, she punctuates them splendidly with very high-pitched vocal pirouettes. As Licori, this nymph turns into a spit fire singing dragon. Piau transforms this otherwise beautiful aria into an exhillarating concerto for voice. Her coloratura is fiery, rapid, continuous, and extraordinary in speed, power and endurance. Her phrasing never skips a beat. Her ornamentations are risky, unexpected, brave, beautiful, and triumphant.

A true revelation is Topi Lehtipuu in his rendition of Deh Ti Piega. His voice is rich, clean, and charged. His performance is reminiscent of Lorenzo Regazzo's Gelido in Ogni Vena from Il Farnace.

As for the rest of the cast, every one pulls his own weight. Veronica Cangemi just seems to take every opportunity at honing her talent. First in Orlando Furioso, then in La Griselda, and now here. Jaroussky, surprisingly, offers nothing new. Though his voice is splendid and platinum by all accolates, he plays it too safe ... rendering his singing tamed ...unadventurous.
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HASH(0x8d2a7e88) out of 5 stars Wonderful! 18 April 2012
By Timmy - Published on Amazon.com
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This series is awesome, but "La fida ninfa" really shines. The production values are so high, and the cast are so perfect for each of the roles. Jaroussky's "O che non posso no" is hearbreakingly perfect, Piau's "Selve annose" is amazing, and Cangemi's "Dolce fiamma" brings tears to the eyes. Spinosi has used just the perfect musicians and singers to make a brilliant and re-listenable recording. If you're new to Vivaldi's opera, give this one a try.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d7aa2d4) out of 5 stars Absolutely Lovely, Pastoral 11 May 2011
By MISOista - Published on Amazon.com
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(I like opera, but am nothing like an expert)- strikes me as absolutely lovely. Has a light, Arcadian feel to it. Sound quality very clean and rich. I have no other recordings to compare it to, but this instantly immersed and entangled me.
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HASH(0x8db4c8f4) out of 5 stars RADIEUX et FRISSONANT ! 25 April 2011
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Sans commentaire sauf celui prémonitoire et pertinent de DIAPASON en 2004 : *

"La Fida ninfa est certainement le plus bel opéra de Vivaldi. Pas le meilleur, le marivaudage arcadien illustré par le livret de Maffei ne pouvant guère rivaliser en puissance dramatique avec Orlandofurioso. Mais pour cet exercice imposé, célébrant fastueusement en 1732 l'ouverture du Nuovo Teatro Filarmonico de Vérone, le Rouquin a osé. Airs espiègles, tendres ou graves, duos, ensembles, écriture novatrice abandonnant par instants la tradition baroque ou le style international pour flirter avec l'âge galant ou même, un comble, une ébauche de style classique. Un ovni sans lendemain. Jean-Christophe Spinosi, intuitivement, le pressent. La version de concert du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées n'est que prova, exercice d'approche avant exécution mature et enregistrement, dans plusieurs années. Quelques lignes de récitatifs butinés cavalièrement n'apportent pas de réelle cohésion à une intrigue peu compréhensible en l'état. Règles acceptées par le public, complice dès le début, conquis par cette suite d'arie intégralement restituées par un Ensemble Matheus aux spasmes adolescents désormais oubliés. Minutieuse illustration du mot, phrasés inouïs, douceur et délicatesse sont au rendez-vous. Seule option contestable : la pirouette finale, savoureuse certes, éludant l'intervention solennelle des dieux en farce à la Offenbach. Plateau convaincant, mais perfectible. Osmino divin de Philippe Jaroussky, Elpina craquante et drôle de Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Oralto superbe de Lorenzo Regazzo. Mais "Deh tipiega" illustre les limites du Narete un peu tendu de Jeremy Ovenden, alors qu'Anna Maria Panzarella n'est sans doute pas la Licori idéale (des aigus un rien au-dessous de la note parfois, mais de vraies couleurs et une émotion sincèrement distillée). Compliments à Veronica Cangemi enfin. Exquis "Dolceflamma", impressionnant "Destin avaro" (cruel pour le souffl)> où elle puise dangereusement dans ses ressources pour donner vie à Morasto. Mais est-elle vraiment Morasto? Par essence trop féminine peut-être, une dimension lui échappe inéluctablement. Etonnant Spinosi. Geste plus sobre, puissance expressive s'affirmant de concert en concert : une maturité prometteuse."
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HASH(0x8d2aa36c) out of 5 stars Great Vivaldi Opera 3 May 2009
By M. Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is excellent in every respect. Singers (and that DOES include Jaroussky), orchestra, conductor and the composition itself are all exemplary. Kudos to Naive for bringing the Vivaldi operas out of the darkness. He is widely known for "The Four Seasons", of course, but his opera work product is even more impressive.
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