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Vivaldi: Orlando finto pazzo (Vivaldi Edition)

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Orlando Feigns Madness (as the title translates) was Vivaldi's second opera (that we know of) and was composed the same year as his magnificent group of 12 violin concerti called La Stravaganza. This is important to note because not only does Orlando finto pazzo contain literally dozens of fine showpieces for a variety of voices--soprano, a pair of mezzos, a contralto, a countertenor, and a bass--it also exhibits some of Vivaldi's finest string writing. Argillano's first aria, sung with amazing speed and subtlety by mezzo Manuela Custer, ends with a one-minute-and-20-second violin cadenza--or fantasia--which is so remarkable in and of itself that the audience at the time must have been left, as we are, breathless. The next aria, for Grifone (countertenor Martin Oro), is accompanied only by mellow pizzicato strings which seem almost like subconscious movements as the singer quickly and deftly describes a bee flitting from flower to flower, making honey. And throughout the opera we find exciting, innovative string accompaniment to ever more and more elaborate arias. The opera's plot is a confusing affair--the annotators have seen fit to include a diagram explaining it in the booklet--but it contains some thrilling Vivaldian arias, invariably gloriously sung. And with the extra bonus of grand virtuoso string playing, this should please devotees of the composer's violin music as well. --Robert Levine

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Sinfonia (Concerto in C major per archi e cembalo, RV 112). Allegro
  2. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Sinfonia (Concerto in C major per archi e cembalo, RV 112). Andante
  3. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Sinfonia (Concerto in C major per archi e cembalo, RV 112). Presto
  4. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 1. Recitativo
  5. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 1. Aria. Come invano minaccia e invano freme
  6. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 2. Recitativo
  7. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 3. Coro. Prima dell'Erebo
  8. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 3. Recitativo accompagnato
  9. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 3. Recitativo
  10. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 3. Aria. Rasserena i vaghi rai
  11. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 4. Recitativo
  12. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 4. Aria. Son due venti infesti
  13. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 5. Recitativo
  14. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 5. Aria. Se in ogni guardo
  15. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 6. Recitativo
  16. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 6. Aria. Alla rosa rugiadosa
  17. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 7. Recitativo
  18. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 7. Aria. Sentire che nel sen
  19. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 8. Recitativo
  20. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 9. Recitativo
  21. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 9. Aria. Il destin che mi sovrasta
  22. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 10. Recitativo
  23. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 11. Coro. Nel ricetto
  24. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 11. Recitativo
  25. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 11. Coro. Face e dardo in un bel guardo
  26. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 11. Coro. Nel ricetto
  27. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 11. Recitativo
  28. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 11. Aria. Amor non vuol
  29. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 12. Recitativo
  30. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 1. Scene 12. Aria. La speranza verdeggiando
  31. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 1. Recitativo
  32. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 2. Recitativo
  33. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 2. Aria. E'pur caro in questo petto

Disc: 2

  1. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 3. Recitativo
  2. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 3. Aria. Quando agitato
  3. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 4. Recitativo
  4. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 4. Aria. Per lo stral che vien da' rai
  5. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 5. Recitativo
  6. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 5. Aria. Non ti lagnar di me
  7. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 6. Recitativo
  8. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 6. Aria. Qualor s'asconde
  9. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 7. Recitativo
  10. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 8. Recitativo
  11. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 9. Recitativo
  12. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 9. Aria. Mio caro... Traditor
  13. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 10. Recitativo
  14. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 10. Aria. Quelle stille lagrimose
  15. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 11. Aria. Se sempre a mio piacer
  16. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 12. Recitativo
  17. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 12. Aria. Amor sprezzato diceva al cor
  18. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 13. Recitativo
  19. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 13. Aria. l'Alma del forte
  20. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 14. Recitativo
  21. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 2. Scene 14. Aria. Se garrisce la rondinella
  22. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 1. Recitativo
  23. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 1. Aria. Vedi spietato nelle mie pupille
  24. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 3. Recitativo
  25. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 3. Aria. Il di senza splendor

Disc: 3

  1. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 4. Recitativo
  2. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 4. Aria. Vedrai leone audace
  3. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 5. Recitativo
  4. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 6. Aria. Nascesti sospirando
  5. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 6. Aria. Lo stridor, l'orror
  6. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 6. Coro. Pel valor dell'alte voci
  7. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 6. Recitativo
  8. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 7. Recitativo
  9. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 7. Aria. Sperai la pace
  10. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 8. Recitativo
  11. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 8. Aria. L'inganno istesso
  12. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 9. Recitativo
  13. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 9. Aria. Non paventa giammai le cadute
  14. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 10. Recitativo
  15. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 11. Recitativo
  16. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 11. Aria. Anderò, volerò, griderò
  17. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 12. Recitativo
  18. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 13. Recitativo
  19. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 14. Recitativo
  20. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 14. Aria. Tutta duol, tutta orror
  21. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 15. Recitativo
  22. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Act 3. Scene 15. Finale-coro. Con mirti e fiori
  23. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Airs alternatifs. Act 1. Scene 12. Aria. In amor spesso
  24. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Airs alternatifs. Act 1. Scene 12. Aria. Scenderei per far paghi
  25. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Airs alternatifs. Act 2. Scene 2. Aria bis. E'pur caro in questo petto
  26. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Airs alternatifs. Act 3. Scene 4. Aria. Quando forte il crin ti porge
  27. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Airs alternatifs. Act 3. Scene 7. Aria bis. Se vedessi in faccia al porto
  28. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Airs alternatifs. Act 3. Scene 7. Aria ter. Sventurata novicella
  29. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Airs alternatifs. Act 3. Scene 9. Aria. Non paventa giammai le cadute
  30. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Airs alternatifs. Act 3. Scene 11. Aria. Quell'occhio, quel labbro


Product Details

  • Performer: Antonio Abete, Gemma Bertagnolli, Marina Comparato, Sonia Prina, Manuela Custer, et al.
  • Orchestra: Academia Montis Regalis
  • Conductor: Alessandro De Marchi
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (August 17, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B0001XPYLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Rudy Avila on October 17, 2005
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I listened to parts of this recording and was stunned. The variety of showpieces for counter-tenor (or castrati in Vivaldi's time) soprano, alto and mezzo soprano are exquisite and sensational, truly virtuosic pieces only a special few can master. This is something perhaps not even Cecilia Bartoli can take on. Vivaldi's opera music is fiendishly difficult. The music ranges from stormy, jumping coloratura fireworks to achingly slow long arias sung in pianissimi. The music is wonderful and at this time Vivaldi was composing his superb La Stravanza. This was one of his most productive times in his career. However, this is his second opera which means it's considerably better than his first. The singers are masterful, the cover art could be on Vogue magazine (all the Vivaldi opera and vocal pieces on these record labels look that way, containing women who look like super models). This is a must have for fans of Vivaldi and rare Baroque opera. Handel's operas are far more recognized than Vivaldi's but it is an opera like Orlando Finto Pazza (Orlando Feigns Madness) that make Vivaldi easily a tough rival to Handel. The plot is nothing to get thrilled about. Like the title says the title character must feign madness in the style of Hamlet in order to achieve his goals. It is very Shakespearean. Treat yourself to this beautiful jewel and get this recording and other Vivaldi operas to add to your collection.
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Vivaldi's operas have been a revelation to me, not for their dramatic content if any but due to the wonderfully inventive music. I started with Andromeda Liberata which I heard on internet radio, a mysterious apparent pastiche with at least one aria from Vivaldi, full of very exciting and beautiful music. Orlando Finto Pazzo is also excellent, disk 1 is so good I haven't gotten beyond disk 2 yet. Even without any discernible meaningful drama (I start to doze reading the plot), Vivaldi's music is superb and I'm looking forward to any new releases.
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It is the great fortune of those who love Baroque opera that so much care has gone into the selection of singers and conductor of Vivaldi operas. One of the real treats is Orlando Finto Pazzo. Led by Alessandro de Marchi it includes a remarkable assemblage of great singers. My favorite in this work is Gemma Bertagnoli, but all of the others are superb. This work belongs on the shelf of everyone who loves Baroque music.
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I love this beautiful voices of Vivaldi's magnificent opera! But there is one thing I don't like this disc. When I put the disc in computer and played, windows media player shows all track names wrong. Not even close to the actual act, scene!
Itunes player shows the same, so I guess the discs have wrong information in itself.
so I checked amazon seller's track information but it also has wrong one too. this seller's product information shows that disc 1 has 33 tracks but actual disc has 34 tracks! Also disc 2,3 too.
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Not being the opera buff to appreciate recitativo secco, which abounds here, put me at a disadvantage to enjoy Orlando Finto Pazzo. Mining Vivaldi Operas for the really furious arias also left me almost empty handed. Consequently I found myself hitting the skip button on my blaupunkt through plenty of mellow passages.

Unlike the other Vivaldi Operas, this one is mostly low key. With the exception of the sinfonias, and a few arias, the music sounds much tamed and unlike what I would expect of Vivaldi.

I must say that Sonia Prina is an amazing vocal gazelle when it comes to "Andero, volero, gridero". This aria is a notch above presto, and challenging for any singer who has to musicalize the aria, and sprint on long libretto lines during short, fast, abrupt orchestrations. On my best effort, I can't even read aloud as fast as she sings.

Marianna Pizzolato sings "Scenderei per far paghi" which, lyrics aside, is the twin aria of "Gelosia" from Ottone in Villa. Interesting to me was to hear this aria without much coloratura in the melismas, and still find it quite likeable. She lifts the note in mid air, suspends it in a circling pattern, and spirals it down into anxiety. There is nothing so creative as Vivaldi's mood arias!
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