Vivaldi Edition [Naïve]

The Vivaldi Edition, a recording venture conceived by the Italian musicologist Alberto Basso and the independent label Naïve, is one of the most ambitious recording projects of the twenty-first century.
Its principal objective is to record the massive collection of Vivaldi autograph manuscripts preserved today in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Turin, some 450 works. Incredibly, this is the private library of scores Vivaldi had at home at the time of his death in Vienna in 1741 and includes his extant operas, hundreds of concertos, sacred compositions and cantatas. Much of this music has not been heard since the 18th century. The release of more than 100 CDs, which began in 2000, will extend over the next ten years. The Vivaldi Edition's goal is to make this extraordinary wealth of music available to the public and at the same time to reveal the full genius of Vivaldi, not only as a composer of instrumental music, for which he was already known, but as the creator of some of the 18th-century's most exhilarating vocal music.

 

Vol. 1 Concerti da camera
L’Astree

This CD is part of a group of 5 recordings, which represent all of the Vivaldi sonatas and concertos scored for one or more solo instruments and basso continuo found in the Foà-Giordano archives in Turin’s Biblioteca Nazionale. These works are all intended for a small formation, as opposed to the larger orchestras called for in his concertos and other works.
OP30394

 

Vol. 2 Juditha Triumphans
Juditha Triumphans, RV 644

Magdalena KOZENA, mezzo-soprano / JUDITHA
Maria José TRULLU, mezzo-soprano / HOLOFERNES
Marina COMPARATO, mezzo-soprano / VAGAUS
Anke HERRMANN, soprano / ABRA
Tiziana CARRARO, soprano / OZIAS
Coro da camera dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Academia Montis Regalis
Alessandro de MARCHI, direction

Vivaldi’s only surviving oratorio, this work was performed at the Pietà in 1716. The scoring is, in the words of Michael Talbot, «…of unparalleled richness – an ostentatious display of the Pietà’s vocal and (especially) instrumental riches». OP30314