Monday, November 30, 2009

DIVOX ANTIQUA on period instruments: VIVALDI sinfonie d'opera - Stefano Molardi - I Virtuosi delle Musi


    Artist: Stefano Molardi - I Virtuosi delle Musi
    Album: VIVALDI sinfonie d'opera
    Released: 2006
    Label:
    Divox Antiqua
    Catalog N°:
    CDX-70501-6
    File Format: eac wv cue log scans complete. 401MB


    The performances by I Virtuosi delle Muse, directed by Molardi from the harpsichord, are superb. Most notable are the ensemble’s rich but subtly graded palette of colours (to accord with Charles de Brosses’ enthusiastic observations after hearing Vivaldi and his orchestra in Venice), rhythmic vitality and atmospheric renditions of the slow movements. This last quality is enhanced by the surprising appearance of the viola d’amore among the strings, which Molardi believes often participated in 17th- and 18th- century Venetian orchestral ensembles.
    Goldberg Magazine - number 41, august 2006

    01.    Olimpiade - Allegro        02:06
    02.    Olimpiade - Andante        02:37
    03.    Oimpiade - Allegro        00:58
    04.    Olimpiade - Allegro molto        01:13
    05.    Incoronazione di Dario - Allegro        02:20
    06.    Incoronazione di Dario - Pianissimo        01:33
    07.    Incoronazione di Dario - Presto        01:04
    08.    Giustino - Allegro        02:17
    09.    Giustino - Andante        02:34
    10.    Giustino - Allegro        00:41
    11.    Sinfonia in Fa Magg. - Allegro        01:57
    12.    Sinfonia in Fa Magg. - Andante        03:34
    13.    Sinfonia in Fa Magg. - Presto        01:05
    14.    Armida - Allegro        01:44
    15.    Armida - Andante        02:18
    16.    Armida - Allegro        00:58
    17.    Arsilda - Allegro        01:38
    18.    Arsilda - Andante        01:51
    19.    Arsilda - Presto        00:32
    20.    La Senna festeggiante  - Allegro        02:31
    21.    La Senna festeggiante  - Andante molto        02:41
    22.    La Senna festeggiante  - Allegro molto        01:45
    23.    La Senna festeggiante pt.2 - Adagio        00:40
    24.    La Senna festeggiante pt.2 - Presto        01:42
    25.    La Senna festeggiante pt.2 - Allegro molto        00:57
    26.    Sinfonia in Do Magg. - Allegro        01:40
    27.    Sinfonia in Do Magg. - Andante        01:30
    28.    Sinfonia in Do Magg. - Presto        00:37
    29.    Fida ninfa - Allegro 3' atto        03:53
    30.    Griselda - Allegro        01:53
    31.    Griselda - Andante        02:24
    32.    Griselda - Minuet        00:47
    33.    Dorilla - Allegro        01:49
    34.    Dorilla - Andante        02:32
    35.    Dorilla - Allegro        00:42

    I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed their renderings of Le sinfonie. They are dramatic and well executed, if not over the top, like some Italian recordings I've had to suffer! The sound of the band varies from track to track, to suit the music (and, suggests the booklet, the theme of the opera with which each is associated, though I take that with a large pinch of salt). Clearly, I Virtuosi delle Muse are a group to watch, and Divox Antiqua should be justly happy to have signed them up
    Early Music Review - number 113, june 2006

    CrescendopremiumAntonio Vivaldi : Opernouvertüren : Nie gehörtes aus der Feder Vivaldis findet sich auf dieser CD – aber das ist noch nicht einmal das Interessanteste. Sondern der Orchesterklang, den die Virtuosi delle Muse für Vivaldi finden. Angelehnt an Berichte von Zeitgenossen über das Spiel Vivaldis zu seiner Zeit interpretieren die Barockspezialisten die Opernouvertüren, mit großer Freiheit, feinen dynamischen Differenzierungen und mit einem neuen Klang, der nicht zuletzt durch die Verwendung der Viola d’amore als Orchesterinstrument zustande kommt.
    Crescendo, das Klassikmagazin, april - mai 2006

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