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Vivaldi: Farnace [Box set]

Antonio Vivaldi , Diego Fasolis , I Barocchisti , Max Emanuel Cencic , Ruxandra Donose , Mary-Ellen Nesi , Ann Hallenberg , Karina Gauvin , Daniel Behle , Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro Audio CD
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  • Performer: Max Emanuel Cencic, Ruxandra Donose, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Ann Hallenberg, Karina Gauvin, et al.
  • Orchestra: I Barocchisti
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • 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: Erato
  • ASIN: B0057JWW0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sinfonia I. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace
2. Sinfonia II. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace
3. Sinfonia III. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace
4. Recit. Benché vinto e sconfitto. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena I
5. Recordati che sei. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena I
6. Recit. Ch'io mi tolga col ferro. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena II
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Disc: 2
1. Recit. Principessa gentil. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena I
2. Lascia di sospirar. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena I
3. Recit. Tempo miglior si scelga. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena II
4. Alle minacce di fiera belva. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena II
5. Recit. Di Farnace del figlio. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena III
6. Al tribunal d'amore. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena III
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Disc: 3
1. Recit. Gilade. Gran regina. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena I
2. Non trova mai riposo. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena I
3. Signor se la clemenza. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena II
4. Recit. Quanto mai fu crudele. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena III
5. Forse, o caro, in questi accenti. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena III
6. Recit. Sì, qualche nume. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena III
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Performance October 13, 2011
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"Farnace" is an opera previously unknown to me, as most Vivaldi operas have been until the last five years or so. The music is inspired, full of color and energy with inventive interplay between solo instruments and voice. The technical demands on singers and instrumentalists are daunting. Not only are there plenty of bravura arias for everybody, but there are beautiful tender moments that not only provide repose but exhault in their melodic grace and profound emotion. The recording excels with Max Emanuel Cencic in the title role. There is no more distinguished counter-tenor performing today. Mr. Cencic voice is powerful, agile, and perfectly equalized from alto to soprano range. His coloratura is impeccable. Many female singers performing today do not even approach this level of technique. Mr. Cencic, of course, has been at this for a long time. He dazzled as a boy soloist with the Wiener Sängerknaben, singing such showpieces as the Allelujah from Exultate Jubilate and Strauss' Frühlingstimme. The mature voice of today retains the ability to dazzle, and has acquired the weight and projection of a mature body, and the depth of interpretation that can only come from thorough musical studies and careful development of his unique artistic gifts. He shines in Farnace in music that demands no less. But in this marvelous performance everybody else shines: Roxandra Donose gives much pleasure, such as she did in the beautiful Glyndebourne Cenerentola, but here in a serious role. Mary Ellen Nesi as Berenice is a find. Diego Fasano conducts with clarity and vivacity a score that cries for a wider audience. Which is indeed the case with Vivaldi operas. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhuming a Rarity November 25, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Antonio Vivaldi's opera FARNACE was never performed; this is the premiere recoding of this strange and intensely beautiful work as performed by a world-class cast of singers who understand this era of music like a gloved hand.

According to liner notes and reports FARNACE is `A work bursting with riches ... This powerful operatic tragedy is one of the highlights of Vivaldi's canon,' says the Vivaldi expert Frédéric Delaméa who, with the conductor Diego Fasolis has reconstructed the never-performed version of Farnace that Vivaldi prepared for Ferrara in 1737-38. In this world premiere recording the magnificent cast is led by the brilliant countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic in the title role. Beyond a thrilling line-up of performers, this recording offers collectors the opportunity to enjoy a world premiere of the version of Farnace that Vivaldi prepared specially for the city of Ferrara in 1737-38 after its success in Venice. This is not only the first time the Ferrara Farnace has been recorded, but also the first time it has been heard -- since the planned performances in the city in 1738 were cancelled following the local failure of the Vivaldi opera that preceded it, Siroe.'

The story of the opera is strange: Farnace, King of Pontus, has been defeated, and to avoid their falling into the hands of the enemy, he commands his wife, Tamiri, to kill their son and then herself. Tamiri's mother, Berenice, hates Farnace and is in cahoots with Pompey, the Roman victor, to kill him. Selinda, Farnace's sister, is taken captive by the Roman Aquilius, who falls in love with her, as does Berenice's Captain, Gilades. Selinda plays them off one another in an attempt to save her brother. Somehow, it ends happily and everyone is spared.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrillingly performed rarity. February 5, 2012
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This is not a pasticcio by Vivaldi - the entire work is authentically Vivaldi's composition, though never performed.
According to information, there were two versions of this opera which Vivaldi wrote. This performance is the latter Ferrara (and never performed) version. In this recording, we got two bonus tracks from the first version that were cut from this latter Ferrara version.

The vocal line up is extraordinary - all the singers are baroque experts, if not outright 'super stars'.
In the title role, Croatian countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic depicts a tortured King of Pontus who was betrayed by members of his own family following political defeat.
As his aggressive mother-in-law Queen of Cappadocia Berenice, Mary Ellen Nesi, an expert mezzo in trouser roles, sung an overbearing middle-aged queen with a chillingly incisive timbre.
The relatively minor character of her captain Gilade, a love-sick for Farnace's sister Selinde, is very effectively portrayed by the wonderful soprano Karina Gauvin. Her aria in the final Act is enchanting in an unearthly manner that demonstrates nothing but artistic greatness.
As Farnace's schemy sister Selinde, Ann Hallenberg is aptly elegant and steely in turn, which can at the quick-sand like instant become devastatingly enchanting. This great baroque mezzo-soprano has been around for almost two decades without ever receiving her due!
The male characters are also wonderfully effective, and so is Tamira, the spouse of Farance, sung by Bulgarian soprano Donose.
Fasolis and his 'band', needless to say, is all that you would ask for on such a stellar performance.
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