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Vivaldi: La Senna Festeggiante (Vivaldi Edition)


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  • Performer: Juanita Lascarro, Sonia Prina, Nicola Ulivieri
  • Orchestra: Concerto Italiano
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Composer: Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000068UQF
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Sinfonia [RV 117]: Allegro
2. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Sinfonia: Andante molto
3. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Sinfonia [RV 117]: Allegro molto
4. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: L'Età dell'Oro, La Virtù, La Senna: Coro: Della Senna in
5. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: L'Età dell'Oro: Recitativo: Io, che raminga errante
6. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: L'Età dell'Oro: Aria: Se qui pace tal'hor và cercando
7. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: La Virtù: Recitativo: Anch'iò raminga errando
8. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: La Virtù: Aria: In quest'onde
9. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: La Senna: Recitativo: Illustri amiche
10. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: La Senna: Aria: Qui nel profonde del cupo fondo
11. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: L'Età dell'Oro, La Virtù: Recitativo: Si, si, già che tu
12. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: L'Età dell'Oro, La Virtù: Duetto: Potrem fra noi la pace
13. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: La Senna, L'Età dell'Oro, La Virtù: Recitativo: Tutto mu
14. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: La Virtù: Aria: Vaga perla benchè sia dell'Aurora bianca
15. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: L'Età dell'Oro: Recitativo: Tal di me parlo ancora
16. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: L'Età dell'Oro: Aria: Al mio seno il pargoletto
17. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: La Virtù, L'Età dell'Oro: Recitativo: Della ferrea stagi
18. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: L'Età dell'Oro, La Virtù: Duetto: Qui per darci amabil p
19. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: La Senna: Recitativo: Ma rimirate amiche
20. La Senna festeggiante, serenata à tre for chorus & continuo, RV 693: Part 1: La Senna: Aria: L'alta lor gloria immortale
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter Glidden VINE VOICE on June 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"La Senna Festeggiante," or, the "Seine parties" is one of those glorious and goofy serenatas we can thank God any culture was frivilous enough to produce. Ostensibly the celebration of the restoration of amicable diplomatic relations between France and Venice after a fourteen-year break, the new French ambassador, Jacques-Vincent Languet, Count of Gergy, celebrated every year the feast of St Louis on August 25th, thereby honouring not only the patron saint of France but also its monarch, Louis XV. What the music or libretto have to do with any of this is precisely besides the point. Vivaldi excelled in these intimate (3 soloists) productions and when they are directed by the masterful Rinaldo Alessandrini, whose Concerto Italiano has spearheaded so many of these amazing and obscure Vivaldi works and sung by such consummate artists, you get a perfect disk. Juanita Lascarro is an excellent baroque soprano, superb technique (not too much vibrato!) and color, as is Nicola Ulivieri a great baroque Basso, coloratura and all. But, for me, the reason this performance/composition is due to the participation of Sonia Prina, a young and staggeringly talented true contralto. Unshakable technique, clean color that sparkles like some lustrous wooden instrument, and fearless unhurried passion. Miracle of miracles, there exists a choice here: this version or Robert King's. If you have come this far in learning this repertoire, the choice is obvious: get both.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on March 27, 2007
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Dr. Glidden's review sets forth the historical context of La Senna Festeggiante very eloquently, so here's a quick musical impression: this is an "opera" that you don't need super-titles to enjoy. The music conveys everything you could possibly find in the words. One of the three characters is "The Golden Age" (L'Eta del Oro) and her message is festivity. Concerto Italiano has enhanced the festival atmosphere by "re-orchestrating" Vivaldi's score to make use of the woodwinds - oboes and flutes, especially - and Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts with proper verve throughout. This is Vivaldi, the virtuoso entertainer, in his sunniest mood. Dr. Glidden is absolutely correct that Sonia Prina steals the party; her final aria "cosi sol nell'aurora" is as stunning as daybreak over fields of flowers, which is precisely what the words portray. Juanita Lascarro is technically near perfect, though less expressive. My only reservation concerns the voice of the Seine, Nicola Ulivieri. His baroque technique is more than adequate, even in "coloratura bassa" passagework, but his basso profundo just isn't profound enough, either in timbre or in tuning of his lowest notes. Even so, this is a "must buy" recording; you can have no idea what an inventive composer Vivaldi was unless you do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 8, 2012
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It appears that serenatas, or evening operas, are shorter and smaller-scaled operatic compositions for festivals or festivities and celebrations. The unusually heavy concentration in this work of French (or supposedly French) stylistic traits, including a surprisingly high incidence of accompanied recitative employing strings in addition to continuo is evident throughout, and the three-movement Part II Overture has a 'French' title.
The present recording captures the festive mood admirably. The libretto was allegedly written by Domenico Lalli, who from the second to the fourth decade of the eighteenth century was a dominant force on the Venetian operatic scene, constantly in demand as a librettist and sometimes also as a manager. Like Vivaldi, he was an `operator' who lived by his wits. His libretti are workmanlike rather than polished, and - again like Vivaldi - he was a master of adaptation and recycling. In 1730 he produced for the Bavarian court a similarly titled serenata text, L'Isara festeggiante (named after the river flowing past Munich), and although this second libretto contains no direct borrowings from La Senna festeggiante, its indebtedness surfaces everywhere in phrases and words.

In its very rudimentary plot, following a very common structural plan in serenatas,the characters are introduced little by little to the identity and the flatteringly drawn personal traits of the recipient of the homage.
In Part I, following a preliminary celebration by the nymphs of the Seine, first L'Età dell'Oro and then La Virtù arrive at the river's banks, lamenting the sorry state of the world.
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