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L'Olimpiade (2011)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With Olimpiade the famous poet Metastasio created one of the most popular librettos of the 18th century. It was set to music by over 60 baroque and classical composers including Vivaldi, Caldara, Hasse, Cimarosa and Donizetti. Pergolesi's composition from 1735 was one of the earliest adaptations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, beautiful singing, a revelation March 19, 2013
Despite it having one of the most convoluted plots of any opera, Pietro Metastasio's L'Olimpiade was one of the most popular texts for Baroque composers. Originally set to music by Antonio Caldara in 1733, it was most notably followed by Vivaldi's version in 1734 and Pergolesi's in 1735, but the libretto has also been set around 60 times by composers such as Hasse, Galuppi, Jommelli, Cimarosa and Piccinni. Thanks to the Fondazione Pergolesi-Spontini's initiative to revive and release recorded performances of all the composer's operas in new critical editions, we finally have the opportunity to see Pergolesi's version of this immense work and it is something of a revelation. Not only is it one of Pergolesi's most beautiful works with perhaps the finest musical and singing performances we've seen yet from Jesi, but it also turns out to be one of the best settings of L'Olimpiade that exists.

All of Pergolesi's works released on Blu-ray so far have been given very strong productions with superb performances on period instruments by the very finest experts in this genre, but L'Olimpiade surpasses them all. To a large extent that's down to Pergolesi's distinctive and sparklingly expressive account of the work, where even the most tragic of circumstances and bitterness of sentiments have an achingly beautiful melancholic quality, but it's brought out exceptionally well by conductor Allesandro de Marchi and the musicians of the Academia Montis Regalis. The crystalline clarity and warmth of expression, with even the continuo sounding beautifully melodic, comes across particularly well in the HD sound recording here.

More than anything else however it's the singing that really conveys the true sentiments and strengths of this particular work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Gem.......the Composer's Best April 20, 2013
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It is not often that I am in general agreement with my colleague critic Keris Nine, but in our assessment of Pergolesi's L'Olimpiade I am fully sympathetic to her analysis. L'Olimpiade is by far the true gem of a masterpiece of his four opera seria. Each one shows that his inherent genius had to overcome some awkwardness or mannerism of the opera seria style. And each one shows the progress to the mastery of his own talent. It should be noted that all were composed under very difficult situations, often in great haste,and none were immediately deemed successes. The three preceding opera seria: Salustia, Il Prigioniero Superbo and Adriano in Sirio are all now available in excellent recent performances (sponsored by the Pergolesi/Spontini Foundation)with period instruments and very accomplished singers and performers. The present work is an outstanding composition and certainly represents the high point of the Italian Baroque Style. The melodic writing uses delicate tone colors, smooth elegant expressive lines without the virtuosity displays of earlier works. The pathos in Salustia is here replaced by restained sentimentality and the aria formerly used to summarize a scene now can actually be the climax of the action. I must say that the duo of Megacle and Aristea "Ne giorni tuoi felici" that closes act 1 is one of the most ravishingly beautiful pieces of music that I've heard in a long time. Each and every singer in the cast are young and extremely talented and perform as close to perfection as is humanly possible; they sing and act. I cannot extol the virtues of the performers enough.
For several years I've had a very pleasant recording of the L'Olimpiade of Baldassare Galuppi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Commitment May 4, 2014
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Pergolesi died young and is known primarily for a one acter La Serva Padrona and the exquisite Stabat Mater. This opera is a revelation. The music is exquisite (Mentre Dorme is hypnotically beautiful) and dramatic. The production (on a cruciform stage with the audience seated around it) is simple and apt, the performers are not stars but sing beautifully and movingly. The only drawback is that the audience members, vigorously fanning themselves and assiduously reading their programs, are visible and a bit distracting. But to see and hear such commitment from dedicated young artists is a treasured experience. Highest recommmendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melodrama In Three Acts Full of Surprises May 16, 2013
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This is the first time I have seen L'Olimpiade. I will watch it again.
The performance was conducted by Alessandro De Marchi and sung by Raul Gimenez, Lyubov Petrova and Yetzabel Arias Fernandez. Enjoy.
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