Pergolesi: L'Olimpiade [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
For several years I've had a very pleasant recording of the L'Olimpiade of Baldassare Galuppi.Read more ›
Di Marchi employed an entirely different cast from the CD recording.
I totally agree with the earlier review that the real find of this performance lies in the two sopranos singing Megacle and Argene.
Sophia Soloviy was previously unknown to me, though I believe in the Eastern bloc she must have already made a good name for herself judging from her ravishingly beautiful singing as Megacle. I feel that the casting of Soloviy as this suffering secondary hero is shrewd indeed, just as in Vinci’s ‘Artaserse’, the secondary hero got the main crop of drama and fireworks of the score, Megacle in Pergolesi’s late masterpiece also snatched the score’s trump card. Soloviy’s scene and aria "Se cerca, se dice" in Act 2 is an exemplary piece of performance in its striking expressivity and vocal beauty. She sings in a good range, fully integrated, with crystal enunciation and sheer perfect intonation.
Cuban soprano Yetzebel Arias Fernández is another young singer that I am unfamiliar with hitherto, but finds great interest after viewing this performance. Her smoky timbre with an expansive scope for dramatic expression is a real tour de force in repertoire ranging from baroque to bel canto and early Verdian works. Her spitfire-like accurate fiorature is simply jaw dropping in its dramatic force and shattering musical effect.
In the minor roles, the great Raul Gimenez as the King and Milena Storti as his courtier Alcandro both offer great performances.
Three young singers fed the bills of the primary hero and heroine Lycidas and Articea, as well as Aminta.Read more ›
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The other reviewers have provided fine commentary... I have nothing to add to their perceptive reviews. Read what they have to say. Buy and enjoy this work of art!Published 9 months ago by BfloBen
L'Olimpiade is not staged as most operas with the orchestra in the pit, the singers on stage, and the audience in front. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dr. J. J. Kregarman
Pergolesi’s 1736 death at the age of barely 26 was one of the musical theatre’s greatest ever losses. Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. F. S. Mui
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