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Ottavio Dantone|Vivaldi: Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet)

Vivaldi: Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina, Bruno Taddia, Filippo Mineccia, Delphine Galou, Sophie Rennert, Marina De Liso, Arianna Vendittelli

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The musical world owes a great debt of thanks to the Vivaldi Project on Naive as it edges ever closer to fulfilling its mission to record around 450 Vivaldi works located in the National University Library of Turin, and not simply for the number of premiere recordings of long-forgotten works it's chalked up. Also because of the quality of each new offering in purely musical terms, often from veritable dream teams of artists. Truly, Vivaldi has shone, and Il tamerlano is no exception to that rule.

Premiered in Verona in 1735, Il Tamerlano – also known as Bajazet after the Ottoman sultan who Tuco-Mongul emperor Timur (Tamerlano) kidnaps - is a pasticcio: a musical patchwork drawing on arias from multiple other works, and which in this case saw Vivaldi cherry-picking not just from his own operas but also inserting up to ten further arias by the likes of Geminiano Giacomelli, Johann Adolf Hasse and Riccardo Broschi. These Vivaldi then tied together with freshly written recitatives. The present recording also “reconstructs” five arias which were not in the score but were certainly sung in 1735.

Artists-wise, it's a stellar line-up: Ottavio Dantone and his Accademia Bizantina for the tenth time in this series (not all of which has been opera, and if you want to hear them strutting their brilliant stuff in purely instrumental repertoire then head to the six late “Per il castello” violin concertos they recorded with violinist Alessandro Tampieri); then baritone Bruno Taddia as Bajazet, countertenor Filippo Mineccia as Tamerlano, along with mezzos Sophie Rennert and Marina de Liso, soprano Arianna Vendittelli and contralto Delphine Galou. As for the actual music-making, in orchestral terms the opening sinfonia says its all: Vivaldian rhythmic punch and exuberance for the fortes, contrasting with softer-focus passages of delicately airy elegance in which theorbo rises deliciously to the fore, while metre chugs along in perkily precise manner one moment, before being dramatically stretched or paused the next. Vocally speaking meanwhile, the treats keep coming, not least from golden-toned and elegantly feisty Mineccia - for instance in his Act 1 “Vedeste mai sul prato”. Or flip to the third act for a sublime “Son tortorella” from a ravishingly pure-toned Sophie Rennert as Irene, whose beautifully controlled vocal embellishments are further set off by the poeticism coming from the orchestra's softly cooing recorders, and from its strings shining in the barely-there chamber textures.

Essentially, another Vivaldi opera revived to perfection. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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Vivaldi: Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet)

Ottavio Dantone

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1
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703: "Sinfonia. Allegro"
Ottavio Dantone
00:02:26

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist

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

2
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703: "Sinfonia. Andante molto"
Ottavio Dantone
00:02:01

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist

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

3
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703: "Sinfonia. Allegro—"
Ottavio Dantone
00:01:07

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist

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

4
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 1: "Recitativo" (Bajazet, Andronico)
Ottavio Dantone
00:01:21

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

5
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 1: "Del destin non dee lagnarsi" (Bajazet)
Ottavio Dantone
00:03:31

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

6
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 2: "Recitativo 2" (Andronico, Idaspe)
Ottavio Dantone
00:01:00

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Arianna Vendittelli, MainArtist

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

7
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 2: "Nasce rosa lusinghier" (Idaspe)
Ottavio Dantone
00:03:46

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Arianna Vendittelli, MainArtist

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

8
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 3: "Recitativo 3" (Tamerlano, Andronico)
Ottavio Dantone
00:02:25

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

9
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 3: "In sì torbida procella" (Tamerlano)
Ottavio Dantone
00:03:33

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

10
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 4: "Recitativo 4" (Andronico)
Ottavio Dantone
00:00:21

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

11
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 4: "Quel ciglio vezzosetto" (Andronico)
Ottavio Dantone
00:03:50

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

12
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 5: "Recitativo 5" (Asteria)
Ottavio Dantone
00:00:55

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

13
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 6: "Recitativo 6" (Tamerlano, Asteria)
Ottavio Dantone
00:03:24

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

14
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 6: "Vedeste mai sul prato" (Tamerlano)
Ottavio Dantone
00:03:45

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

15
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 7: Recitativo 7 (Asteria)
Ottavio Dantone
00:00:16

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

16
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 8: "Recitativo 8" (Bajazet, Andronico, Asteria)
Ottavio Dantone
00:02:39

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

17
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 9: "Recitativo 9" (Andronico, Asteria)
Ottavio Dantone
00:00:59

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

18
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 9: "Amare un'alma ingrata" (Asteria)
Ottavio Dantone
00:06:22

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

19
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 10: "Recitativo 10" (Andronico, Idaspe)
Ottavio Dantone
00:00:16

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Arianna Vendittelli, MainArtist

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

20
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 11: "Recitativo 11" (Irene, Andronico, Idaspe)
Ottavio Dantone
00:02:03

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Arianna Vendittelli, MainArtist - Sophie Rennert, MainArtist

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

21
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 11: "Qual guerriero in campo armato" (Irene)
Ottavio Dantone
00:05:07

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Sophie Rennert, MainArtist

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

22
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 12: "Recitativo 12" (Andronico)
Ottavio Dantone
00:00:34

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

23
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act I, Scene 12: "Non ho nel sen costanza" (Andronico)
Ottavio Dantone
00:05:52

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

DISC 2

1
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 1: "Recitativo 13" (Tamerlano, Andronico)
Accademia Bizantina
00:01:19

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

2
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 2: "Recitativo 14" (Andronico, Idaspe)
Accademia Bizantina
00:00:50

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Arianna Vendittelli, MainArtist

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

3
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 2: "Anch'il mar par che sommerga" (Idaspe)
Accademia Bizantina
00:04:09

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Arianna Vendittelli, MainArtist

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

4
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 3: "Recitativo 15" (Asteria, Andronico)
Accademia Bizantina
00:01:30

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

5
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 3: "Stringi le mia catene" (Asteria)
Accademia Bizantina
00:03:19

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

6
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 4: "Recitativo 16" (Andronico)
Accademia Bizantina
00:00:34

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

7
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 4: "La sorte mia spietata" (Andronico)
Accademia Bizantina
00:05:16

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

8
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 5: "Recitativo 17" (Idaspe, Tamerlano, Irene, Asteria)
Accademia Bizantina
00:02:11

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Arianna Vendittelli, MainArtist - Sophie Rennert, MainArtist

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

9
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 5: "Cruda sorte, avverso fato" (Tamerlano)
Accademia Bizantina
00:04:41

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

10
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 6: "Recitativo 18" (Asteria, Irene)
Accademia Bizantina
00:00:47

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Sophie Rennert, MainArtist

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

11
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 6: "La cervetta timidetta" (Asteria)
Accademia Bizantina
00:04:48

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

12
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 7: "Recitativo 19" (Irene, Idaspe)
Accademia Bizantina
00:00:35

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Arianna Vendittelli, MainArtist - Sophie Rennert, MainArtist

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

13
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 7: "Sposa son disprezzata" (Irene)
Accademia Bizantina
00:05:41

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Sophie Rennert, MainArtist

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

14
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 8: "Recitativo 20" (Bajazet, Andronico)
Accademia Bizantina
00:00:55

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

15
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 8: "Dov’è la figlia?" (Bajazet)
Accademia Bizantina
00:03:12

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

16
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 9: "Recitativo 21" (Tamerlano, Bajazet, Asteria)
Accademia Bizantina
00:01:46

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

17
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 10: "Recitativo accompagnato" (Bajazet)
Accademia Bizantina
00:02:01

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

18
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 10: "Recitativo 22" (Andronico, Irene, Tamerlano, Bajazet, Asteria)
Accademia Bizantina
00:01:38

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Sophie Rennert, MainArtist

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

19
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 10: "Recitativo accompagnato—" (Tamerlano)
Accademia Bizantina
00:00:26

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

20
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 10: "Recitativo 23" (Andronico)
Accademia Bizantina
00:00:10

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

21
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act II, Scene 10: "Sì crudel questo è l’amore" (Irene, Tamerlano, Bajazet, Asteria)
Accademia Bizantina
00:03:34

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist - Sophie Rennert, MainArtist

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

DISC 3

1
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act III, Scene 1: "Recitativo 24" (Asteria, Bajazet)
Accademia Bizantina
00:01:35

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

2
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act III, Scene 1: "Veder parmi or che nel fondo" (Bajazet)
Accademia Bizantina
00:04:08

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Bruno Taddia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

3
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act III, Scene 2: "Recitativo 25" (Asteria)
Accademia Bizantina
00:00:09

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

4
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act III, Scene 3: "Recitativo 26" (Tamerlano, Asteria, Andronico)
Accademia Bizantina
00:02:33

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Delphine Galou, MainArtist - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Marina De Liso, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

5
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act III, Scene 4: "Recitativo 27" (Tamerlano)
Accademia Bizantina
00:00:30

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

6
Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), RV 703, Act III, Scene 5: "Barbaro traditor" (Tamerlano)
Accademia Bizantina
00:04:25

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ottavio Dantone, Conductor, MainArtist - Filippo Mineccia, MainArtist - Agostino Piovene, Lyricist

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

Album Description

The musical world owes a great debt of thanks to the Vivaldi Project on Naive as it edges ever closer to fulfilling its mission to record around 450 Vivaldi works located in the National University Library of Turin, and not simply for the number of premiere recordings of long-forgotten works it's chalked up. Also because of the quality of each new offering in purely musical terms, often from veritable dream teams of artists. Truly, Vivaldi has shone, and Il tamerlano is no exception to that rule.

Premiered in Verona in 1735, Il Tamerlano – also known as Bajazet after the Ottoman sultan who Tuco-Mongul emperor Timur (Tamerlano) kidnaps - is a pasticcio: a musical patchwork drawing on arias from multiple other works, and which in this case saw Vivaldi cherry-picking not just from his own operas but also inserting up to ten further arias by the likes of Geminiano Giacomelli, Johann Adolf Hasse and Riccardo Broschi. These Vivaldi then tied together with freshly written recitatives. The present recording also “reconstructs” five arias which were not in the score but were certainly sung in 1735.

Artists-wise, it's a stellar line-up: Ottavio Dantone and his Accademia Bizantina for the tenth time in this series (not all of which has been opera, and if you want to hear them strutting their brilliant stuff in purely instrumental repertoire then head to the six late “Per il castello” violin concertos they recorded with violinist Alessandro Tampieri); then baritone Bruno Taddia as Bajazet, countertenor Filippo Mineccia as Tamerlano, along with mezzos Sophie Rennert and Marina de Liso, soprano Arianna Vendittelli and contralto Delphine Galou. As for the actual music-making, in orchestral terms the opening sinfonia says its all: Vivaldian rhythmic punch and exuberance for the fortes, contrasting with softer-focus passages of delicately airy elegance in which theorbo rises deliciously to the fore, while metre chugs along in perkily precise manner one moment, before being dramatically stretched or paused the next. Vocally speaking meanwhile, the treats keep coming, not least from golden-toned and elegantly feisty Mineccia - for instance in his Act 1 “Vedeste mai sul prato”. Or flip to the third act for a sublime “Son tortorella” from a ravishingly pure-toned Sophie Rennert as Irene, whose beautifully controlled vocal embellishments are further set off by the poeticism coming from the orchestra's softly cooing recorders, and from its strings shining in the barely-there chamber textures.

Essentially, another Vivaldi opera revived to perfection. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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