Vivaldi: Griselda, RV718

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Vivaldi: Griselda, RV718


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Opera Choice - May 2008



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31st Dec 2007




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Vivaldi: Griselda, RV718

Vivaldi’s Griselda, one of more than twenty operas, is based on a story retold in Boccaccio’s Il decamerone about the testing of Griselda’s patience and virtue by her royal husband through a series of cruel trials. The sense of drama that permeates many of Vivaldi’s more programmatic works such as the Four Seasons, is very naturally carried over into his operas, especially with the use of so-called ‘simile’ arias, in which an emotional state is compared with various natural phenomena. Several very fine examples can be heard in Griselda, including Costanza’s extraordinary Agitata da due venti in Act II. The text compares love and duty with two contrary winds, and setting is correspondingly wild, with fierce fioriture and wide leaps

Giles Tomkins, Marion Newmann, Carla Huhtanen, Lynne McMurtry, Jason Nedecky & Colin Ainsworth

Opera in Concert & Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon

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Antonio Vivaldi: Griselda, RV 718


Act I: Recitative: Questo, o Popoli, e il giorno (Gualtiero)

Act I: Recitative: Eccoti, Sire innanzi (Griselda, Gualtiero)

Act I: Recitative: Signor, or' ora al Porto (Ottone, Griselda, Gualtiero) - Aria: Se ria procella (Gualtiero)

Act I: Recitative: Ecco il tempo, in cui l'alma (Griselda, Ottone)

Act I: Aria: Brami le mie catene (Griselda)

Act I: Recitative: Troppo avvezza e Griselda (Ottone) - Aria: Vede orgogliosa l'onda (Ottone)

Act I: Recitative: Costanza, eccoti in porto (Roberto, Costanza)

Act I: Recitative: L'arcano in te racchiudi (Gualtiero, Corrado, Costanza, Roberto)

Act I: Aria: Ritorna a lusingarmi (Costanza)

Act I: Recitative: German, s'avevi a tormi (Roberto, Corrado)

Act I: Aria: Estinguere vorrei (Roberto)

Act I: Recitative: Infelice Roberto ancor non sa - Misera in quante guise - Ecco, Griselda, il Figlio… (Corrado, Griselda, Ottone)

Act I: Aria: Alle minaccie di fiera belva (Corrado)

Act I: Recitative: Infelice Griselda - Aria: Ho il cor gia lacero (Griselda)

Act II: Recitative: Dimmi, come amorosa (Corrado, Costanza)

Act II: Aria: La rondinella amante (Corrado)

Act II: Recitative: Pria, che d'amar ti lasci (Costanza, Roberto)

Act II: Aria: Agitata da due venti (Costanza)

Act II: Recitative: E nel cuor di Costanza (Roberto) - Aria: Dal Tribunal d'amore (Roberto)

Act II: Recitative: Andiam, Griselda andiamo (Griselda)

Act II: Recitative: Ferma Griselda - Oh d'un seno infelice - Si deluda l'indegno (Corrado, Ottone, Griselda)

Act II: Aria: No, non tanta crudelta (Griselda)

Act II: Recitative: Sprezzami quanto sai - Perdonami Griselda (Ottone, Corrado)

Act II: Aria: Scocca dardi l'altero tuo Ciglio (Ottone)

Act II: Recitative: Fuggi: Perche? (Costanza, Roberto) - Aria: Che legge tiranna (Roberto)

Act II: Recitative: Sola se ben mi lasci (Costanza, Griselda)

Act II: Recitative: De' tuoi bei sguardi, o cara (Gualtiero, Costanza, Griselda)

Act II: Recitative: Avvisato, che Otton (Corrado, Gualtiero, Costanza, Griselda) - Aria: Tu vorresti col tuo pianto (Gualtiero)

Act II: Recitative: Ecco Otton - L'impone il Re? (Gualtiero, Ottone, Griselda)

Act II: Recitative: Qual grazie posso - Terzetto: Non piu Regina, ma pastorella (Griselda, Gualtiero, Costanza)

Act III: Recitative: Risoluta e quest'alma - E per sempre v'unisca - Griselda, Il Re! (Roberto, Costanza, Griselda, Corrado, Gualtiero)

Act III: Aria: Son infelice tanto (Griselda)

Act III: Recitative: Temo: Pavento (Roberto, Costanza, Gualtiero, Corrado) - Aria: Moribonda quest'alma dolente (Roberto)

Act III: Recitative: Passo, Roberto amar? (Costanza) - Aria: Ombre vane, ingiusti orrori (Costanza)

Act III: Recitative: L'empio s'ascolti (Gualtiero, Ottone) - Aria: Dopo un'orrida procella (Ottone)

Act III: Recitative: Soffri Griselda ancora (Gualtiero) - Aria: Sento che l'alma teme (Gualtiero)

Act III: Recitative: Ministri accelerate (Griselda)

Act III: Recitative: Griselda: altro non manca (Tutti)

Act III: Imeneo, che se' d'amore (Chorus)

BBC Music Magazine

May 2008


“Mallon directs with an assured stylistic sense. Marion Newman in the title role and Colin Ainsworth's Ottone, rejected lover of Griselda, who steal the show.”

Gramophone Magazine

April 2008

“Kevin Mallon leads the Aradia Ensemble and a team of capable singers through a spirited performance.”

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