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Vivaldi - and OTHERS, in a highly dramatic setting superbly performed.,
This review is from: Vivaldi: Bajazet (2 CD/DVD) (Audio CD)
It is interesting to learn that owing to the then prevailing political climate, Vivaldi wrote this opera borrowing compositions from other contemporaries for his 'villain' camp.
So what? The most outstandingly beautiful (or spectacular) arias were NOT composed by Vivaldi, and two of the most ear-catching ones are being sung here by Vivica Genaux, the baroque mezzo par excellence these days. The famous aria (of Irene) 'Sposa son desprezzata' was composed not by Vivaldi, as so many other sources 'thought' it to be. Genaux gives just the right 'sense' to the aria, by comparison with the overly mellifluous interpretations of Cecilia Bartoli or Sumi Jo.
The other fiendishly difficult aria that was featured on the very interesting bonus DVD sung by Genaux was, we are told, composed by Riccardo Broschi, brother of Farinelli (Carlo Broschi). One cannot but note the huge vocal progress that Genaux has made in this recording under Biondi since her earlier album with Rene Jacobs in 2000.
Another outstanding mezzo in this recording is the then relatively little known Latvian mezzo Elina Garanca. She sung the trouser role of Adronicus with real aplomb and deep richness of tone.
Daniels gave a wonderful characterisation of the role of Tamerlane, though his voice cannot be termed 'beautiful' or 'full-bodied' in the same sense as other countertenors like Deller, Kowalski or Scholl. D'Arcangelo's Bajazet is another real gem of this recording, with his agile coloratura, terrific timbre and superb musicianship. He has since moved up to become one of today's foremost bass baritones. Bravo!
I am too happy to report that there is absolutely no weak link in this entire recording.
Fabio Biondi is great throughout and captures the music with unfailing rhythmic energy, with full-blown musical nuances.
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Initial post: Aug 22, 2011, 11:51:58 PM PDT
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A. F. S. Mui says:
I think Daniels isn't Bajazet, but Tamerlane, in this recording. Ildebrando D'Arcangelo's Bajazet!?
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