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The first complete and unabridged recording of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s operatic masterpiece, as well as the world-premiere recording on period instruments, undertaken by the critically acclaimed 2010 production from the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, known as the “Bayreuth of Baroque Opera”. In his all too brief career Pergolesi, who died in 1736 aged only 26, set the course for 18th century opera. His works, especially L’Olimpiade, which was first performed in 1735, introduced a new and sentimental tone to the opera stage. Based on one of the most popular subject matters of opera seria, Pergolesi’s masterpiece L’Olimpiade offers a drama of love and intrigue coupled with highly virtuoso singing. Presenting Italian conductor Alessandro de Marchi, one of the most sought-after Early Music specialists, and a stunning cast of top-league international Baroque singers.
“Academia Montis Regalis deliver a vivid interpretation that advocates Pergolesi as a musical dramatist of greater versatility and imagination than most of us will have hitherto suspected.”
“It's an opera full of fine arias: some in Pergolesi's characteristically simple, pared-down style; some ambitiously heroic; some delvingly introspective: the singers here rise to the challenge impressively...the fact that this is live music-making means that we do benefit from a freer way with the ornamental intensification of da capos and properly acted recitatives...the cast is excellent and has no weak links.”
29th March 2011
“As the Olympics approach, there will be plenty of revivals of Games-related dramas (Garsington promises a Vivaldi opera next year), and this big three-acter by Pergolesi –, best known for his small comic pieces – leads the field. ...The performance from Innsbruck is sparky, the music charming”
19th May 2011
“The opera stretches to close on four hours, but this pacy, expertly sung performance highlights Pergolesi’s deft orchestral touch and the thrill he could ignite through his virtuoso treatment of the voice.”
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