October 28, 2020

Another Vivaldi opera enters the discography, and this one’s a beauty. Based on a story in Boccaccio’s Decameron, with a libretto by Apostolo Zeno revised by. Vivaldi’s genius came to full fruition in his masterpiece Griselda. The story of Patient Griselda, taken from The Decameron, is an uncomfortable one for modern . Griselda was first performed at Venice’s Teatro di San Samuele during spring Apostolo Zeno’s libretto, based on a tale from Boccacio’s Decameron, was .

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Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. Samuele theatre in Another Vivaldi opera enters the discography, and this one’s a beauty. Such “genre arias,” if you will, were typical of the griselva. Just as Handel was not merely a composer of oratorio and music to be performed on a ceremonial barge, there is so much more to Antonio Vivaldi than The Four Seasons.

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For his debut at the Teatro San Samuele, Vivaldi chose the libretto by Apostelo Zeno about a queen who was bullied for her humble origins. Home News Contacts Copyright. Griselda is further humiliated by being required to direct the wedding preparations.

The young, happening poet, Goldoni was employed to bring the libretto up-to-date. CD Review Antonio Vivaldi. The lovers are bemused but delighted at this reprieve. Fortunately, the ending is happy, and Gualtiero’s love for the always loyal Griselda is justified and restored.

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There was no place for a plebeian priest Vivaldi had been ordained inthough he had ceased to celebrate Mass the following year on the sumptuous stages of the S. Costanza sings of her torn affections betrothed to Gualtiero but in love with Roberto in the coloratura aria Agitata da due venti.

A petulant public demands he have a nobler consort. The opera is fuelled by this tension between professional ambition and personal sacrifice, by behaviour that is both horrific and utterly human. Vivaldi, in his dual role as composer-impresario, had rather remarkably managed to run up a sizable profit. Gualtiero, still vivalldi satisfied, pledges Griselda to Ottone. Corrado allows Griselda one last moment to bid her son Everardo farewell.


Her resilience is admirable, yet the extent of her suffering reveals a complex ambiguity: The Return of Ulysses.

Griselda, RV 718 (Vivaldi, Antonio)

There are only six characters, and each has several arias in a variety of styles, most of them in AABAA form, with each new appearance of the A section varied. These are “Agitata da due venti” from act 2 and “Dopo un’orrida procella” from act 3. Saviour of Opera Companies. She is in love with Corrado’s younger brother, Roberto, and the thought of being forced to marry Gualtiero drives her to despair.

Sensing the fashion for the new modern galant idiom, Vivaldi vivali careful to contrast the traditional vocal fireworks with a new mellifluous and elegantly structured style. Support our Maestro Appeal. One imagines the stronger musical sense that Alessandrini, Dantone or Sardelli might have brought to Griselda. The marriage was deeply unpopular with the king’s subjects and when a daughter, Costanza, was born, the king had to pretend to have her killed griseldw secretly sending her to be brought up by Prince Corrado of Athens.

Griselda absolutely refuses and declares she would rather die. In extrovert arias one occasionally hears some contrived clattering bows from the strings but there is a substantial problem throughout the performance caused by underwhelming, pale playing from the lower strings.

Griselda, now living rough again, cries herself to sleep. These are ” Agitata da due venti ” from act 2 and ” Dopo un’orrida procella ” from act 3.

Gualtiero and his followers go out hunting and come across Griselda’s cottage. Based on a story in Boccaccio’s Decameronwith a libretto by Apostolo Zeno revised by the famous Carlo Goldoni, the plot of Griselda is typically convoluted.

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It is curious that there are no low male voices in this opera, and it is up to French-Canadian grielda Marie-Nicole Lemieux to add darker shadings to the ensemble — which she does beautifully. Spinosi’s pacing of the arias suggests sensible interpretation of Vivaldi’s instructions.


Other characters in the opera are equally driven: Griselda “, review of the Naxos recording on musicalcriticism. Apostolo Zeno’s libretto, based on a tale from Boccacio’s Decameronwas adapted for Vivaldi by Carlo Goldoni then a young playwright at the outset of his career: Personally, I thought the energy was wonderful. Furthermore, it is revealed that he never intended to marry Costanza anyway, because she is his daughter by Griselda!

The gaggle of young singers that Vivaldi preferred was never to be allowed to sully these expensive boards. Vivaldi crater Vivaldi Glacier. The proposed bride is in fact Costanza, who is unaware of her true parentage and unknown to Griselda. Twelve Trio Sonatas, Op.

Vivldi you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database. Usually sung by a woman in the few modern productions there have been, we cast the amazing David Hansen in the soprano role of the villain Ottone.

Now, after the recent birth of a son has led to another rebellion from the Thessalians against Griselda as a queen, Gualtiero is forced to dismiss her and promises to take a new wife.

In despair, she at first agrees to the bargain to save her son, but her devotion to Gualtiero proves stronger than her maternal love; she calls down the justice of heaven on Ottone as he leaves to carry out his threat. ACT 2 Ottone delivers an ultimatum to Griselda: Even so, Griselda remains a vocal cord-buster.

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