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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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

1
Argippo, RV Anh. 137, Act II, Scene 4: "Recitativo" (Osira)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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Fabio Biondi & Europa Galante, 30 years of freedom

The Italian violinist and conductor Fabio Biondi, notably famous for his rendition of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi with his ensemble Europa Galante, is one of the musicians who actively spurns the idea of separating and compartmentalising music. We take a look back at the career of one of the most versatile and open-minded classical musicians of our time, and an essential figure of baroque violin.

Undervalued: a Look Back on Female Composers

From Sappho of Mytilene to Kaija Saariaho and Clara Schumann, several women have managed to break through the macho codes of the milieu and become composers. While the classical music landscape has been largely dominated by men in recent centuries, the work of their female colleagues, whether pioneers or contemporaries, is just as fascinating. Here we put eleven undervalued figures of female composition in the spotlight.

Strauss & Kempe: Elective Affinities

The name of conductor Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976) is indissociable from those of composer Richard Strauss and the Dresden Staatskapelle orchestra. As Warner is now re-releasing the recordings made between 1970 and 1975, Qobuz is putting the spotlight on the Straussian legacy of a precise, often incisive conductor, who always paid the greatest attention to the text and its charms.

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