Vivaldi: Farnace Box set, Import
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Farnace was never staged again anywhere, and the only surviving trace of its music is in the form of an incomplete score carefully notated and preserved by Vivaldi in his personal collection. It is the only remaining opera of Vivaldi never to have been performed since the composer's time, and, unlike all the others, has remained unrecorded until now.
The chances are that Vivaldi never completed this Farance. However, with the reconstruction of the third act by Diego Fasolis and Frédéric Delaméa, this album presents a rare opportunity to discover a work bursting with riches, the last fruit of Vivaldi's unprecedented operatic output. In this recording, the cast is led by the brilliant countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic in the title role with the support of conductor Diego Fasolis and the famed I Barocchisti ensemble.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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As a bassoon major at University 45 years ago, my experience of Vivaldi was limited to several bassoon concerti and the famous Gloria. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Rev. Ben Cox
I have to confess I am not a hardcore fan of Barroque Opera but since I saw this recording had Max Emanuel Cencic as protagonist I decided to buy it and It has been for sure a... Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Rafael R