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Francesco CORSELLI (1705-1778)
Furio Zanasi, baritone - Farnace
Adriana Fernández, soprano - Berenice
Sara Mingardo, contralto - Tamiri
Gloria Banditelli, contralto - Selinda
Sonia Prina, contralto - Pompeo
Cinzia Forte, soprano - Gilade
Fulvio Bettini, baritone - Aquilio
Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall
Rec: October 2001, Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid.
ALIA VOX AV9822 [2:55:17]
At first glance, this set, which includes Vivaldi’s 1727 opera Farnace and excerpts from Corselli’s 1739 version, incites nothing but questions. Why has Savall chosen to break up the Vivaldi work by adding the few movements and arias of the Corselli? This music - a total of 23 minutes - is split into three parts, appearing at the beginning of each disc. This is certainly annoying for someone wanting to listen to the Vivaldi, but why even add this music, other than to fill the empty space that would have existed on these three discs? It is true that this allows the Vivaldi to be neatly separated one act per disc. But why, also, did he change two of the important roles, including the title role of Farnace, from their original castrati (now counter-tenors or sopranos) to baritones?
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