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Motezuma Box set

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B000E5L8AM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. Montenegro on May 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In the past five or six years, the recording industry has been very generous with baroque opera, in general, and Vivaldi's operas in specific (despite the well known crisis of classical music recordings). It has to do with all the research that has been done about this field and the Vivaldi's operas that have been found... Motezuma is the latest recording addition to this operatic side of Vivaldi's music and it is presented as a first world premiere of the original opera with some reconstruction for the recitativos. (In 1992 Jean- Claude Malgoire's make a recording of a pasticcio with the name of Montezuma, using music from cantantas, serenatas and other Vivaidi Operas).

To be honest, I was not expecting very much of the recording. Motezuma was written and performed in 1733, and, at this time, Vivaldi was concentrated more in pasticci and adaptations of earlier works than in composition of new music... Well, Motezuma is an exception: almost the entire score was composed for the libretto and the music is Vivaldi at his very best.

Il complesso Barocco and Alan Curtis need no recomendation, but in this specific work they are in great form... it may be the fact that they are really making new music, and you can feel it.

Now the singers. All of them are up to the challenge, and this is music of extreme virtuosity. Vito Priante has and imposing bass-bariton voice and sings fluent coloratura. I am not sure if Vivaldi wrote the part of Motezuma for low male voice insted of a castrato, but it works very well. Mariana Mijanovic sings the part of Mitrena, the emperor's wife. For me, she is the less effective of the singers in this recordings. She sounds to virile for the part.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R.S. on March 15, 2007
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Just a few words : great performances ! I agree with the reviewer who says that all the singers are up for the challange. However, I must disagree with the ones who say that Marijana Mijanovic's voice is too androgenous for Mitrina's part. Miss Mijanovic is one of the best current contraltos, her voice is of the most instantly recognizable and originale and her technique is simply brilliant. Some will say that her low register sounds a bit "metallic" and that her breast register is not well "intergrated". I will answer that the somewhat countertenorish way she uses her low register doesn't denote a flaw in technique, but is actually a personal choice ! In Bajazet, for instance, in the aria "Svena, Uccidi, Abbatti, Atterra" she chooses to sound resort to her breast register at the begining, but doesn't do it any longer in the da capo by the end, showing that she's fully capable to sing in a more "traditional" way, but that she does it on purpose when she chooses to sound more like a countertenor. Now, regarding the comments according to which her voice is too "masculine" for Mitrina's part, I'd simply answer that not all the most enticing and attractive women are overly feminine : a touch of androgeneity is often perceived very attractive depending on the woman. Therefore, I'd say that she fits the role perfectly and I'll even say that she's probably the most effective singer of the cast : her dramatic involvement is just breathtaking whatever the role she takes on, and this one is no exception. I think it's time to stop being overly conservative and accept and be open to it, when an artist dares to take some risk, especially when we're talking about an extraordinary singer and actress like Marijana Mijanovic !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Rupert on January 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I concur with the other positive reviews, except to emphasize the extreme virtuosity displayed in some of the arias. You will look a long time to find a baroque opera recording with singing to top this. If you admire florid singing, this set should be a "must have" in your collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dino Starcevic Rivera on April 29, 2007
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A beautiful opera that received a caring restoration. This is what you get with Vivaldi's Motezuma in the hands of Allan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco and a wonderful cast of singers.

Every singer adds richness to this CD, and even recitatives (often difficult for those not familiar with baroque opera) have a true theatrical intensity. Earing this set leaves me with the urge of seeing Motezuma on stage.
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