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Vivaldi: Opera Arias "Pyrotechnics" ()

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This album is certainly aptly named; it would be hard to find a better word to describe this fiery music and these dazzling performances than pyrotechnic. American mezzo-soprano Viveca Genaux has a remarkable technique, and she pulls off Vivaldi's outrageous vocal requirements (which frequently sound as if he'd forgotten he was writing for a human who has a need to breathe occasionally, and was writing for violin) with bravura and apparent ease. It's not all about extravagant singing, though; Genaux brings emotional depth ...

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  1. Catone in Utica, opera, RV 705: Come in vano il mare irato
  2. Semiramide, opera, RV 733: E prigioniero e re
  3. La fida ninfa, opera, RV 714: Alma oppressa
  4. Griselda, opera, RV 718: Agitata da due venti
  5. La fida ninfa, opera, RV 714: Destin nemico... Destin avaro!
  6. Rosmira (Rosmira fedele), pasticcio opera, RV 731 (arranged by Vivaldi): Il labbro ti lusinga (from an unknown opera)
  7. Ipermestra, opera, RV 722: Vibro il ferro
  8. Farnace, opera, RV 711: No, ch'amar non è fallo in cor guerriero... Quell'usingnolo
  9. Tito Manlio (II), pasticcio opera, RV 778 (only Act 3 by Vivaldi): Splender fra 'l cieco orror
  10. Rosmira (Rosmira fedele), pasticcio opera, RV 731 (arranged by Vivaldi): Vorrei dirti il mio dolore
  11. Catone in Utica, opera, RV 705: Chi può nelle sventure... Nella foresta
  12. Farnace, opera, RV 711: Ricordati che sei
  13. Sin nel placido soggiorino, aria for voice & continuo, RV 712 (from lost opera La fede tradita e vendicata)
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Vivaldi: Opera Arias "Pyrotechnics"
2009, Virgin Classics

UPC: 5099969457302

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