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Vivaldi: Farnace Box set, Import

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Virgin Classics invites you to enjoy the world premiere recording of Viviadi's Il Farnace in a version 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 version of Farnace has been recorded, but also the first time it has been heard, as the planned performances of 1738 were cancelled due to the local failure of the Vivaldi opera that preceded it, Siroe.

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.

Track Listings

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
  7. Combattono quest'alma. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena II
  8. Dell'Eusino con aura seconda. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena II
  9. Recit. Del nemico Farnace quest'è l'impero. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena III
  10. Recit. Amazzone regal del'oriente. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena IV
  11. Recit. Guerrieri, eccovi a fronte. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena V
  12. Su campioni, su guerrieri. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena V
  13. Recit. In sì gran punto ancora. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena V
  14. Recit. Signor, s'anche fra. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena VI
  15. Recit. A nostri danni armata. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena VII
  16. Nell'intimo del petto. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena VII
  17. Recit. A sorprendermi il cor. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena VIII
  18. Penso che que'begl'occhi. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena VIII
  19. Recit. Qual sembianze improvvisa. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena IX
  20. Al vezzeggiar d'un volto. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena IX
  21. Recit. Figlio, non v'è più scampo. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena X
  22. O figlio, o troppo tardi. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena X
  23. Recit. Fermati ingrata. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena XI
  24. Recit. Signor, costei ch'audace. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena XII
  25. Da quel ferro ch'ha svenato. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena XII
  26. Recit. Donna, la tua fortuna. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena XIII
  27. Or di Roma forti eroi. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena XIII
  28. Recit. Come ben fa veder. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena XIV
  29. Non trema senza stella. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Primo, Scena XIV

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
  7. Recit. No ch'amor non è fallo. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena IV
  8. Quell'usignolo. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena IV
  9. Recit. No, che ceder non voglio. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena V
  10. Recit. Pupille, o voi sognate. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena VI
  11. Perdona, o figlio amato. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena VI
  12. Recit. Olà. Queste superbe memorie. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena VII
  13. Quest'è la fé spergiura. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena VIII
  14. Dite, dite che v'ho fatt'io. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena IX
  15. Dividete o giusti dèi. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena IX
  16. Ah s'egli è ver che m'ami. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena X
  17. Quel tuo ciglio languidetto. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena X
  18. Recit. Dove mai ti trasporta. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena XI
  19. Gemo in un punto e fremo. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena XI
  20. Recit. Dell'iniquo Farnace. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena XII
  21. Roma invitta ma clemente. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena XII
  22. Recit. Fra le libiche serpi. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena XIII
  23. Amorosa e men irata. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena XIII
  24. Aquilio, e ben, pensasti?. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena XIII
  25. Io sento nel petto. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Secondo, Scena XIII

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
  7. Quel torrente ch s'innalza. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena III
  8. Recit. Gilade, il tuo pensiero ali non ha. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena IV
  9. Scherza l'aura lusinghiera. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena IV
  10. Recit. Aquilio, il braccio forte. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena V
  11. Ti vantasti mio guerriero. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena V
  12. Recit. Oh Stelle!. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena VI
  13. Recit. Regina, in costui. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena VII
  14. Recit. Oh dio!. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena VIII
  15. Io crudel?. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena VIII
  16. Recit. Farnace. I numi al fine. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena IX
  17. Recit. Possibile, o regina. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena X
  18. Recit. Regina, il ciel talora. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena XI
  19. Recit. Berenice morà. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena XII
  20. Coronata di gigli e di rose. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Atto Terzo, Scena XII
  21. Sorge l'irato nembo. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Fine Dell'Opera
  22. Gelido in ogni vena. - Vivaldi. Il Farnace, Fine Dell'Opera


Product Details

  • 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: 1
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • 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 Disques
  • ASIN: B0057JWW0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By I. Martinez-Ybor VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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