Back in 2010, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená released her first Vivaldi album and it shows us not just the virtuosic aspects of the composer’s writing but also a more serene and peaceful side. As with much of Vivaldi’s vocal writing, most of it is still unknown to modern audiences, other than the material recorded by Cecilia Bartoli and a few other singers.
Kozená reunites with conductor Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, a collaboration that previously produced the excellent Handel album “Ah! Mio Cor”.
The tracks on this CD are as follows:
1. Tito Manlio/Act 3 – ”Sonno, Se Pur Sei Sonno”
2. Juditha Triumphans, R.644/Pars Altera – ”Armatae Face”
3. La Verità In Cimento/Act 1 – Solo Quella Guancia Bella
4. Il Farnace/Act 2 – Gelido In Ogni Vena
5. Arsilda Regina Di Ponto R.700 (1716)/Act 3 – Tornar Voglio Al Primo Ardore
6. Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso RV 728/Act 1 – Sol Da Te, Mio Dolce Amore
7. Ottone In Villa/Act 2 – Misero Spirto Mio
8. Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso RV 728/Act 1 – Nel Profondo
9. Il Farnace/Act 3 – Forse O Caro In Questi Accenti
10. La Verità In Cimento/Act 3 – Cara Sorte Di Chi Nata
11. Griselda – Dramma Per Musica/Act 1 – Ho Il Cor Già Lacero
12. L’incoronazione Di Dario, R.719/Act 2 – Non Mi Lusinga Vana Speranza
13. L’Orlando Finto Pazzo/Act 3 – Lo Stridor, L’orror
14. L’Orlando Finto Pazzo/Act 3 – Anderò, Volerò, Griderò
15. L’Olimpiade/Act 1 – Mentre Dormi, Amor Formenti
I recently heard Ms. Kozena perform Lieder by Mahler, and these were beautifully executed. The Vivaldi is certainly a contrasting style for this amazing singer.
Here is Ms. Kozena in the music of Vivaldi, “Gelido in ogni vena” Listen to that rich voice!
And now here she is talking about the music of Vivaldi:
Tags: Magdalena Kozená, Vivaldi