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Fabio Biondi|Vivaldi : Ercole (Intégrale)

Vivaldi : Ercole (Intégrale)

Europa Galante - Fabio Biondi

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There is no complete surviving score for Vivaldi's Ercole su'l Termodonte, but there is enough existing material that modern scholars have been able to reconstruct it primarily by making new settings of the lost recitatives. The first production of the opera since Vivaldi's time was at Spoleto in 2006 in a version by Alessandro Ciccolini, which was released as a DVD. Conductor Fabio Biondi made a version introduced in Venice in 2007, which is recorded on this 2010 Virgin CD. Biondi's recording has the advantage of two international superstars in the leading roles, tenor Rolando Villazón and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and soprano Diana Damrau is nearly in their league. Villazón's earthy voice is usually associated with 19th century and verismo Italian repertoire, but he has an acute sensitivity to Baroque vocal style, and his robust, almost baritonal tenor is entirely appropriate for a larger-than-life character like Hercules. DiDonato excels as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, singing with her characteristic brilliance and warm humanity. The rest of the cast consists mostly of singers who are superstars or near-superstars in the more circumscribed world of Baroque opera: soprano Patrizia Ciofi, mezzo-sopranos Vivica Genaux and Romina Basso (who sounds like a genuine contralto), counter tenor Philippe Jaroussky, and tenor Topi Lehtipuu. The vocal standards are predictably high; the singers are in absolute control of Vivaldi's extreme demands and they have the ease with the repertoire to make it sound spontaneous and effortless. These are all performers with exceptionally lovely voices -- pure, velvety, colorful, and supple -- so the recording should be a pleasure for any fans of vocal music. The singers are also superb actors, and the eight leads create distinctly differentiated characters. Biondi leads Europa Galante in a performance of exquisite precision and refinement (although the natural horns used in some arias add an appropriately rough-hewn quality to the warriors' music), and the continuo parts are especially beautifully realized. The sound is clean, detailed, and spacious, with excellent balance.
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Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710 (Antonio Vivaldi)

1
Sinfonia
Europe Galante
00:04:23

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Act I, Scena 1: Recitativo: Itene, o mie compagne
Europe Galante
00:00:17

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Act I, Scena 1: Coro: Oh figlia di Giove
Europe Galante
00:01:12

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Act I, Scena 1: Aria: Dea di Delo
Europe Galante
00:00:56

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Act I, Scena 1: Recitativo: Dunque ché più si tarda?
Europe Galante
00:00:19

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Act I, Scena 1: A due: Sereno il cielo
Europe Galante
00:00:40

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux/Diana Damrau, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Act I, Scena 2: Recitativo: Antiope, genitrice
Europe Galante
00:01:14

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux/Diana Damrau, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Act I, Scena 2: Aria: Con aspetto lusinghiero
Europe Galante
00:03:29

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Act I, Scena 3: Recitativo: Mostro di tal natura
Europe Galante
00:00:34

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Diana Damrau, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Act I, Scena 3: Aria: Certo pensier ch'ho in petto
Europe Galante
00:04:04

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Diana Damrau, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Act I, Scena 3: Sinfonia
Europe Galante
00:01:10

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Act I, Scena 4: Recitativo: Amici, eccoci omai
Europe Galante
00:02:06

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Rolando Villazon/Romina Basso/Philippe Jaroussky/Topi Lehtipuu, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Act I, Scena 4: Aria: Vedrà l'empia
Europe Galante
00:02:48

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Rolando Villazon, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Act I, Scena 4: Recitativo: Grand'Alcide, io ti seguo
Europe Galante
00:00:38

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

15
Act I, Scena 4: Aria: Quella beltà
Europe Galante
00:02:10

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

16
Act I, Scena 5: Recitativo: No, che amor non è fallo in cor guerriero
Europe Galante
00:02:13

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Joyce DiDonato/Romina Basso, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Act I, Scena 6: Recitativo: Da sì nobile sfera
Europe Galante
00:00:22

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Romina Basso, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

18
Act I, Scena 6: Aria: Occhio, che il sol rimira
Europe Galante
00:05:22

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Romina Basso, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

19
Act I, Scena 7: Recitativo: All'armi, all'armi
Europe Galante
00:00:50

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux/Patrizia Ciofi, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

20
Act I, Scena 8: Recitativo: Orizia generosa
Europe Galante
00:01:04

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux/Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

21
Act I, Scena 9: Recitativo: Per riveder l'aspetto
Europe Galante
00:00:22

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

22
Act 1: "Non saria pena la mia" (Antiope)
Europe Galante
00:02:31

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music Uk Ltd

23
Act I, Scena 10: Recitativo: martesia è mia
Europe Galante
00:02:32

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Diana Damrau/Rolando Villazon/Philippe Jaroussky/Topi Lehtipuu, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

24
Act I, Scena 10: Aria: Un sguardo, un vezzo, un riso
Europe Galante
00:02:11

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Diana Damrau, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

25
Act I, Scena 11: Recitativo: Per sì bella speranza che non saprò tentar?
Europe Galante
00:00:22

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist

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Act I, Scena 11: Aria: Sento con qual diletto
Europe Galante
00:03:35

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist

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27
Act I, Scena 12: Recitativo: Ercole, ohimè!
Europe Galante
00:01:06

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Patrizia Ciofi/Romina Basso/Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist

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28
Act I, Scena 12: Sinfonia: Abbattimento sul ponte
Europe Galante
00:01:49

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

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29
Act II, Scena 1: Aria: Onde chiare che sussurrate
Europe Galante
00:05:24

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist

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30
Act II, Scena 1: Recitativo: Quanto per me fatale
Europe Galante
00:01:21

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux/Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist

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Act 2 Scene 1: No. 21, Aria "Bel piacer ch'è la vendetta" (Antiope)
Europe Galante
00:04:24

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux, MainArtist

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32
Act II, Scena 1: Recitativo: Palpita per timore il core amante
Europe Galante
00:00:26

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist

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33
Act II, Scena 1: Aria: Da due venti
Europe Galante
00:02:49

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist

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DISC 2

1
Act II, Scena 2: Coro: Viva Orizia, viva, viva
Europe Galante
00:01:03

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, MainArtist

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2
Act II, Scena 2: Recitativo: Germane, al regio piede
Europe Galante
00:00:54

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux/Joyce DiDonato/Patrizia Ciofi/Romina Basso, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Act II, Scena 3: Recitativo: Là: doppie ritorte stringano il prigioniero
Europe Galante
00:01:41

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Vivica Genaux/Joyce DiDonato/Romina Basso, MainArtist

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4
Act II, Scena 3: Aria: Sì, bel volto, che v'adoro
Europe Galante
00:01:37

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist

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5
Act II, Scena 4: Recitativo: Oh dolcissime voci!
Europe Galante
00:00:27

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Romina Basso, MainArtist

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6
Act II, Scena 4: Aria: Se ingrata sera
Europe Galante
00:01:28

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Romina Basso, MainArtist

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7
Act II, Scena 5: Recitativo: Prigioniero Teseo?
Europe Galante
00:01:16

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Rolando Villazon/Philippe Jaroussky/Topi Lehtipuu, MainArtist

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8
Act II, Scena 6: Recitativo: Udisti Orizia?
Europe Galante
00:01:21

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Patrizia Ciofi/Topi Lehtipuu, MainArtist

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9
Act II, Scena 6: Aria: Se libertà mi rendi
Europe Galante
00:03:27

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Patrizia Ciofi, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Act II, Scena 6: Recitativo: Così Alceste deluso
Europe Galante
00:00:13

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Topi Lehtipuu, MainArtist

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11
Act II, Scena 6: Aria: Tender lacci egli pretese
Europe Galante
00:03:40

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Topi Lehtipuu, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Act II, Scena 7: Recitativo: Molto tu oprasti, Alceste
Europe Galante
00:01:16

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Diana Damrau/Rolando Villazon/Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Act II, Scena 7: Aria: No, non dirai così
Europe Galante
00:03:11

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Rolando Villazon, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Act II, Scena 8: Recitativo: Bella, di Sparta il trono
Diana Damrau
00:01:19

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Diana Damrau/Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist

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15
Act II, Scena 8: Aria: lo sembro appunto
Europe Galante
00:03:20

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

16
Act II, Scena 9: Recitativo: Ad onta della sorte
Europe Galante
00:01:05

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Diana Damrau/Topi Lehtipuu, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. ℗ 2010 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Act II, Scena 9: Aria: Ei nel volto ha un non so che
Europe Galante
00:02:49

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Rolando Villazon, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Topi Lehtipuu, Lead Vocals, Tenor Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals - Vivica Genaux, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Patrizia Ciofi, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - Diana Damrau, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Coro da Camera 'Santa Cecilia' di Borgo San Lorenzo, Choir, Lead Vocals - Romina Basso, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Diana Damrau, MainArtist

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Album Description

There is no complete surviving score for Vivaldi's Ercole su'l Termodonte, but there is enough existing material that modern scholars have been able to reconstruct it primarily by making new settings of the lost recitatives. The first production of the opera since Vivaldi's time was at Spoleto in 2006 in a version by Alessandro Ciccolini, which was released as a DVD. Conductor Fabio Biondi made a version introduced in Venice in 2007, which is recorded on this 2010 Virgin CD. Biondi's recording has the advantage of two international superstars in the leading roles, tenor Rolando Villazón and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and soprano Diana Damrau is nearly in their league. Villazón's earthy voice is usually associated with 19th century and verismo Italian repertoire, but he has an acute sensitivity to Baroque vocal style, and his robust, almost baritonal tenor is entirely appropriate for a larger-than-life character like Hercules. DiDonato excels as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, singing with her characteristic brilliance and warm humanity. The rest of the cast consists mostly of singers who are superstars or near-superstars in the more circumscribed world of Baroque opera: soprano Patrizia Ciofi, mezzo-sopranos Vivica Genaux and Romina Basso (who sounds like a genuine contralto), counter tenor Philippe Jaroussky, and tenor Topi Lehtipuu. The vocal standards are predictably high; the singers are in absolute control of Vivaldi's extreme demands and they have the ease with the repertoire to make it sound spontaneous and effortless. These are all performers with exceptionally lovely voices -- pure, velvety, colorful, and supple -- so the recording should be a pleasure for any fans of vocal music. The singers are also superb actors, and the eight leads create distinctly differentiated characters. Biondi leads Europa Galante in a performance of exquisite precision and refinement (although the natural horns used in some arias add an appropriately rough-hewn quality to the warriors' music), and the continuo parts are especially beautifully realized. The sound is clean, detailed, and spacious, with excellent balance.
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Details of original recording : Recorded 24-31 July 2008, 2-6 January 2009, 6-7 June 2010. Saloncino, Teatro della Pergola, Florence (Italy)

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