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Vivaldi: Argippo

Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi, Emőke Baráth, Delphine Galou, Marianna Pizzolato

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The impression of the ink still being wet on the page is not an unfamiliar one when listening to Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante, such is the freshness and elan they inject into everything they turn their musical attentions to. However in the case of their Vivaldi Edition Argippo the ink pretty much was still wet as they recorded it, because this is Bernardo Ticci's 2019 reconstruction of what is in fact a lost Vivaldi pasticcio (a cutting and pasting together of music from other operas), created in 1730 for the Venetian impresario Antonio Peruzzi to stage in Vienna and Prague.
The reconstruction has been possible because the librettos from those two productions remain, plus a set of arias, and also the full score of a complete three-act, untitled and anonymous opera featuring arias from up to twelve other composers – and both the arias and the score appear to be derived, albeit with many changes, from the Prague libretto.
The result is a reconstruction which on the one hand is decidedly scant on actual music by Vivaldi, given that even those arias believed to be from his pen can't be confirmed as such, and they appear alongside arias by Galeazzi, Pescetti, Hasse, Porpora, (possibly) Fiorè and Vinci. However, it's also a stylistically diverse and thus thoroughly entertaining offering that bears all the hallmarks of a Vivaldi pasticcio, and is undoubtedly in the spirit of one.

Argippo's action takes place in the Bengali Kingdom – a tapping into the contemporary Venetian enthusiasm for tales of the East, although that influence didn't bleed into the musical style itself. A classic Baroque opera plot centred around lies and mistaken identities – King Argippo of Chittagong and his wife Osira almost lose their lives while visiting the court of the Gran Mogol Tisifaro, because the Tisifaro's cousin Silvero seduces his daughter Zanaida while disguised as Argippo – it's high on drama and strife before eventually reaching its happy conclusion.
So, add the multi-composer score, and Biondi's five-strong cast have plenty to get their teeth into. Highlights include the opera's first fizzing showstopper, “Se lento ancora”, contralto Delphine Galou as the Gran Mogol Tisifaro's daughter Zanaida making light work of her leaping figures and embellishments as she anguishes over being betrayed by her lover. Also the soft and fruity-toned fluidity to the vocal acrobatics of ‘Un certo non so che’, sung by soprano Marie Lys as a fearful Osira. Equally fine voiced are soprano Emőke Baráth in the title role, contralto Marianna Pizzolato as Silvero, and bass Luigi de Donato as Tisifaro. Europa Galante themselves bring it all together with their characteristic blend of warmth, fizz and dramatic flair, having launched things with a cracker of an opening Sinfonia. In short, great fun. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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1
Argippo, RV Anh. 137: "Sinfonia RV 112. Allegro molto" Arr. de Johann Georg Pisendel
Europe Galante
00:01:47

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

2
Argippo, RV Anh. 137: "Sinfonia RV 112. Andante" Arr. de Johann Georg Pisendel
Europe Galante
00:01:48

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

3
Argippo, RV Anh. 137: "Sinfonia RV 112. Presto" Arr. de Johann Georg Pisendel
Europe Galante
00:00:22

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

4
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 1: "Recitativo" (Tisifaro, Zanaida)
Europe Galante
00:01:17

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

5
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 1: "Aria. Se lento ancora il fulmine" (Zanaida)
Europe Galante
00:03:38

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

6
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 2: "Recitativo" (Tisifao, Silvero)
Europe Galante
00:00:55

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

7
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 2: "Aria. Rege son che combattuto" (Tisifaro)
Europe Galante
00:06:18

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

8
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 3: "Recitativo" (Silvero)
Europe Galante
00:00:46

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

9
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 3: "Aria. Del fallire il rimorso è la pena" (Silvero)
Europe Galante
00:03:31

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

10
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 4: "Di Cingone il regnante sen viene" (Coro)
Europe Galante
00:00:51

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

11
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 4: "Aria. Quel ciglio vezzosetto" (Zanaida, Silvero, Osira, Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:02:51

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

12
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 4: "Aria. Anche in mezzo a perigliosa" (Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:04:02

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Antonio Galeazzi, Composer

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

13
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 5: "Recitativo" (Osira)
Europe Galante
00:00:30

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

14
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 5: "Aria. Qual disarmata nave" (Osira)
Europe Galante
00:05:20

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Giovanni Battista Pescetti, Composer - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

15
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 6: "Recitativo" (Tisifaro, Zanaida)
Europe Galante
00:02:19

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

16
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act I, Scene 6: "Aria. Dov’è la morte" (Tisifaro)
Europe Galante
00:04:21

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Giovanni Battista Pescetti, Composer - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

17
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 1: "Recitativo" (Silvero, Zanaida, Osira)
Europe Galante
00:01:15

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

18
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 1: "Aria Che gran pena trafigge il mio core" (Zanaida)
Europe Galante
00:06:11

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Johann Adolph Hasse, Composer

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

19
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 2: "Recitativo" (Osira, Silvero, Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:00:45

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

20
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 2: "Aria. Non temer e datti pace" (Silvero)
Europe Galante
00:05:29

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

21
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 3: "Recitativo" (Osira, Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:00:45

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

22
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 3: "Aria. Bell’idolo amato" (Osira)
Europe Galante
00:04:53

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nicola Porpora, Composer - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

DISC 2

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Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 4: "Recitativo" (Osira)
Europe Galante
00:00:29

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

2
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 4: "Aria. Un certo non so che" (Osira)
Europe Galante
00:03:05

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

3
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 5: "Recitativo" (Tisifaro, Silvero)
Europe Galante
00:01:20

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

4
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 6: "Recitativo" (Argippo, Tisifaro)
Europe Galante
00:03:11

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

5
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 7: "Recitativo" (Tisifaro, Zanaida, Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:01:01

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

6
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 7: "Aria/ Io son rea dell’ onor mio" (Zanaida)
Europe Galante
00:05:42

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

7
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 8: "Recitativo" (Tisifaro, Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:00:14

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

8
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 8: "Aria/ A’ piedi miei svenato" (Tisifaro)
Europe Galante
00:03:46

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

9
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 9: "Recitativo" (Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:00:41

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

10
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 9: " Aria. Da più venti combattuta" (Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:05:23

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Antonio Galeazzi, Composer

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

11
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 1: "Recitativo" (Osira, Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:00:57

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

12
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 1: "Aria. Mi sento nel core" (Osira)
Europe Galante
00:04:04

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Giovanni Battista Pescetti, Composer - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

13
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 1: "Recitativo" (Osira, Argippo) 2
Europe Galante
00:01:24

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

14
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 2: "Recitativo" (Osira, Silvero, Argippo, Tisifaro)
Europe Galante
00:00:56

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

15
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 2: "Aria. Vado a morir per te" (Osira)
Europe Galante
00:03:48

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist - Stefano Andrea Fiorè, Composer

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

16
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 3: "Recitativo" (Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:01:13

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

17
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 3: "Aria. Vi sarà stella clemente" (Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:06:29

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Giovanni Battista Pescetti, Composer

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

18
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 4: "Recitativo" (Zanaida, Silvero)
Europe Galante
00:00:53

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

19
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 4: "Aria. Se d’un amor tiranno" (Zanaida)
Europe Galante
00:04:25

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Leonardo Vinci, Composer

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

20
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 5: "Recitativo" (Silvero)
Europe Galante
00:00:33

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

21
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 5: "Aria. Se la bella tortorella" (Silvero)
Europe Galante
00:05:35

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

22
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 6: "Recitativo" (Tisifaro, Silvero, Zanaida, Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:01:07

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

23
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene 6: "Recitativo" (Tisifaro, Silvero, Zanaida, Argippo) 2
Europe Galante
00:01:47

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

24
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene Scena ultima: "Recitativo" (Osira, Tisifaro, Silvero, Zanaida, Argippo)
Europe Galante
00:00:34

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

25
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene Scena ultima: "Aria. Che farai?" (Osira)
Europe Galante
00:00:58

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

26
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene Scena ultima: "Recitativo" (Osira, Tisifaro, Silvero, Zanaida, Argippo) 2
Europe Galante
00:01:33

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

27
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act III, Scene Scena ultima: "Se d’inganno amor si pasce" (Coro)
Europe Galante
00:01:08

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist - Domenico Lalli, Lyricist - Delphine Galou, Singer, MainArtist - Marianna Pizzolato, Singer, MainArtist - Emoke Baräth, Singer, MainArtist - Luigi De Donato, Singer, MainArtist - Marie Lys, Singer, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

Album Description

The impression of the ink still being wet on the page is not an unfamiliar one when listening to Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante, such is the freshness and elan they inject into everything they turn their musical attentions to. However in the case of their Vivaldi Edition Argippo the ink pretty much was still wet as they recorded it, because this is Bernardo Ticci's 2019 reconstruction of what is in fact a lost Vivaldi pasticcio (a cutting and pasting together of music from other operas), created in 1730 for the Venetian impresario Antonio Peruzzi to stage in Vienna and Prague.
The reconstruction has been possible because the librettos from those two productions remain, plus a set of arias, and also the full score of a complete three-act, untitled and anonymous opera featuring arias from up to twelve other composers – and both the arias and the score appear to be derived, albeit with many changes, from the Prague libretto.
The result is a reconstruction which on the one hand is decidedly scant on actual music by Vivaldi, given that even those arias believed to be from his pen can't be confirmed as such, and they appear alongside arias by Galeazzi, Pescetti, Hasse, Porpora, (possibly) Fiorè and Vinci. However, it's also a stylistically diverse and thus thoroughly entertaining offering that bears all the hallmarks of a Vivaldi pasticcio, and is undoubtedly in the spirit of one.

Argippo's action takes place in the Bengali Kingdom – a tapping into the contemporary Venetian enthusiasm for tales of the East, although that influence didn't bleed into the musical style itself. A classic Baroque opera plot centred around lies and mistaken identities – King Argippo of Chittagong and his wife Osira almost lose their lives while visiting the court of the Gran Mogol Tisifaro, because the Tisifaro's cousin Silvero seduces his daughter Zanaida while disguised as Argippo – it's high on drama and strife before eventually reaching its happy conclusion.
So, add the multi-composer score, and Biondi's five-strong cast have plenty to get their teeth into. Highlights include the opera's first fizzing showstopper, “Se lento ancora”, contralto Delphine Galou as the Gran Mogol Tisifaro's daughter Zanaida making light work of her leaping figures and embellishments as she anguishes over being betrayed by her lover. Also the soft and fruity-toned fluidity to the vocal acrobatics of ‘Un certo non so che’, sung by soprano Marie Lys as a fearful Osira. Equally fine voiced are soprano Emőke Baráth in the title role, contralto Marianna Pizzolato as Silvero, and bass Luigi de Donato as Tisifaro. Europa Galante themselves bring it all together with their characteristic blend of warmth, fizz and dramatic flair, having launched things with a cracker of an opening Sinfonia. In short, great fun. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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