VIVALDI Ottone in Villa. Maria Laura Martorana, Tuva Semmingsen, Florin Cezar Ouatu, Luca Dordolo, Marina Bartoli. Brilliant Classics 2cds plus cd rom

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Vivaldi Ottone In Villa Maria Classics 2Cds Plus Cd Rom

ANTONIO VIVALDI

Ottone in Villa

CD1– Act I · Act II beginning

CD2– Act II conclusion · Act III

CD-ROM: Booklet notes, synopsis, biographies and libretto with

English translation

Cleonilla - Maria Laura Martorana, soprano

Ottone - Tuva Semmingsen, mezzo-soprano

Caio - Florin Cezar Ouatu, countertenor

Decio - Luca Dordolo, tenor

Tullia (alias Ostilio) - Marina Bartoli, soprano

L’Arte dell’Arco on period instruments / Federico Guglielmo

Antonio Vivaldi’s fame as an opera composer is due in now small part to his incredible industry. He composed around 50 operas, and of these around 16 have survived complete – several substantial fragments of others have also survived. It is for his instrumental music that he remains one of the major baroque composers – on a par with Handel and J.S. Bach, however, in the world of opera at the time, only one other composer rivalled Vivaldi in the use of orchestral colour and the way in which the human voice was blended with the accompaniment. The writing for voice generally is on a very high level. The rival was of course Handel, and Vivaldi also was a considerable impressario as was his German/British colleague.

Ottone in Villa (Otto in the Country) was his first opera, composed and premiered in 1713, when he was already famed as Italy’s foremost violinist and composer of concertos. The story concerns Cleonilla, the mistress of the Roman emperor Ottone, and a young man Caio who courts her much to the distress and horror of his lover Tullia. The music is sensual and erotic rather than heroic, with lovely depictions of breezes and wild brooks from the orchestra.

CDROM containing essay, synopsis, libretto in English and Italian, artist biographies

Period instrument performance

Recording made in 2008 in the world famous Teatro Olimpico (Vicenza), designed by Andrea Palladio.

For the first time ever complete materials from the first performance of 1713 were used.

The liner notes are written by the Italian specialist Vittorio Bolcato. He dedicated many of his studies on Ottone in Villa.

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