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Vivaldi : Airs d'opéras - Concertos

Lea Desandre - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford

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"Brace yourself for some exquisitely dizzy spells, at the hand of Jupiter," the booklet notes here confidently proclaim. The simple album title Vivaldi is confident in its own way, and indeed, among all the thousands of Vivaldi releases on the market, this one by the chamber group Jupiter stands out. There are some exceptionally strong soloists, both vocal and instrumental. Sample Peter Whelan in the lovely slow movement of the Bassoon Concerto in G minor, RV 495, and there is mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre, who is not to all tastes but strongly to some. Sampling one of her arias will determine which camp you fall into. None of these soloists gets credit on the cover, which mentions only Jupiter and its leader, Thomas Dunford. This is likely because, despite all the solo firepower on display, it is lutenist Dunford who has shaped the style. He brings a continuo-heavy sound that's flexible and animates the punchy, percussive, somewhat improvisatory spirit of the whole. Ironically, the least successful of the solos is Dunford's, in the familiar Lute Concerto in D major, RV 93, which is over-ornamented and oversaturated with rubato in a piece that derives its appeal from simplicity. The apparently original popular song We Are the Ocean at the end also is questionable; it seems to come out of nowhere. This is ostensibly a bonus track, but with online presentation, that distinction is disappearing. Nevertheless, this is impressively original Vivaldi with many gorgeous moments.
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Farnace, RV 711 (Antonio Vivaldi)

1
Air "Gelido in ogni vena"
00:10:49

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-Soprano - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Juditha Triumphans, RV 644 (Antonio Vivaldi)

2
Air "Armatae face et anguibus"
00:03:15

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-Soprano - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Bassoon Concerto in G minor, RV 495 (Antonio Vivaldi)

3
I. Presto
00:03:28

Peter Whelan, Bassoon - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

4
II. Largo
00:03:01

Peter Whelan, Bassoon - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

5
III. Allegro
00:03:09

Peter Whelan, Bassoon - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Nisi Dominus, RV 608 (Antonio Vivaldi)

6
Cum dederit
00:04:35

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-Soprano - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Juditha, RV 644 (Antonio Vivaldi)

7
Air "Veni, veni me sequere fida"
00:05:43

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-Soprano - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Cello Concerto in G minor, RV 416 (Antonio Vivaldi)

8
I. Allegro
00:03:38

Bruno Philippe, Cello - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

9
II. Adagio
00:03:26

Bruno Philippe, Cello - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

10
III. Allegro
00:02:55

Bruno Philippe, Cello - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Giustino, RV 717 (Antonio Vivaldi)

11
Air 'Vedrò con mio diletto'
00:06:03

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-Soprano - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93 (Antonio Vivaldi)

12
I. Allegro
00:03:21

Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

13
II. Largo
00:03:58

Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

14
III. Allegro
00:02:25

Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

L'Olimpiade, RV 725 (Antonio Vivaldi)

15
Air "Mentre dormi, Amor fomenti"
00:07:12

Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Griselda, RV 718 (Antonio Vivaldi)

16
Air "Agitata da due venti"
00:05:23

Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

17
We are the Ocean
00:04:31

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-Soprano - Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor & Lute - Jupiter, Composer

2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Album Description

"Brace yourself for some exquisitely dizzy spells, at the hand of Jupiter," the booklet notes here confidently proclaim. The simple album title Vivaldi is confident in its own way, and indeed, among all the thousands of Vivaldi releases on the market, this one by the chamber group Jupiter stands out. There are some exceptionally strong soloists, both vocal and instrumental. Sample Peter Whelan in the lovely slow movement of the Bassoon Concerto in G minor, RV 495, and there is mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre, who is not to all tastes but strongly to some. Sampling one of her arias will determine which camp you fall into. None of these soloists gets credit on the cover, which mentions only Jupiter and its leader, Thomas Dunford. This is likely because, despite all the solo firepower on display, it is lutenist Dunford who has shaped the style. He brings a continuo-heavy sound that's flexible and animates the punchy, percussive, somewhat improvisatory spirit of the whole. Ironically, the least successful of the solos is Dunford's, in the familiar Lute Concerto in D major, RV 93, which is over-ornamented and oversaturated with rubato in a piece that derives its appeal from simplicity. The apparently original popular song We Are the Ocean at the end also is questionable; it seems to come out of nowhere. This is ostensibly a bonus track, but with online presentation, that distinction is disappearing. Nevertheless, this is impressively original Vivaldi with many gorgeous moments.
© TiVo

Details of original recording : Recorded in November 2018 at Théatre d’Arras (France)

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