Antonio Vivaldi


Spring 2014 opera release - L’Incoronazione di Dario

Sneak preview :
L’Incoronazione di Dario RV 719 Ottavio Dantone – Accademia Bizantina Dario – Anders Dahlin Statira - Sara Mingardo Argene - Delphin Galou Niceno - Riccardo Novaro Alinda – Roberta Mameli Oronte – Lucia Cirillo Arpago – Sofia Soloviy Flora – Giuseppina Bridelli As far as drive, colour and dramma are concerned, L’Incoronazione di Dario must be considered one of Vivaldi’s most successful operas. Immediately opening with exceptional arias, it moves on at a rapid pace, holding the listener’s attention throughout with an imaginative use of variety and colours. Recitativi are interspersed with arioso interludes, the viola da gamba adds an air of pathos to several stunning numbers, and several duos and a trio add variety. There no less than eight arias which are sure to join the ranks of « Vivaldi’s best opera arias ». An excellent cast acts out this drama with conviction. Anders Dahlin’s exquisite tenor voice, sings the star-role of Dario, with impeccable intonation and stunning coloratura passages. Sara Mingardo, playing the dark role of Statira, brings to the role great depth and beauty, most especially in her solo Cantata in act II which she sings to the sole accompaniment of a viola da gamba. Delphine Galou sings with an impressive natural ability and passion and two of her arias in particular are sure to remain exemplary for years to come, D’un bel viso and Ferri, ceppi, sangue, morte. Roberta Mameli, Riccardo Novara, Sophia Solovey and Lucia Cirillo are all excellent and each of them has at least one star aria. Ottavio Dantone’s conducting is marked by his ability to bring out the many subtilties in this music and by his profound understanding of recitativos which he is able to bring fully to life as theatre. The orchestra is one of the most consistent and solid Baroque orchestras in Italy today and this comes through audibly in their very sensitive, nuanced playing and simbiotic complicity with their conductor.


Concerti per due violini – Riccardo Minasi / Dmitry Sinkovsky – Il Pomo d’Oro

Two musicians from the new generation of baroque players – not yet 40 years old – who confront one another with their bows in a veritable musical battle… yet it is above all the sharing and complicity which comes through in this recording. Expressive bowings, superb lines and guaranteed pleasure. The ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro offers us orchestral fireworks. - Emilie Munera on her radio show “Coup de Coeur” on France Musique.


Concerti per archi - Rinaldo Alessandrini - Concerto Italiano

Probably written for the young girls at La Pietà where Vivaldi taught, these compact pieces for strings, each in three short movements, are absolute jewels that evoke the numerous, more elaborate concertos the composer wrote. Rinaldo Alessandrini, who knows Vivaldi’s music intimately, adeptly brings out the unique character in each piece. Listeners will find here much of the rhythmic and melodic joy that we have come to equate with the Venetian composer. “The performances from the ensemble are lively and infectuous. The violin playing of Mauro Lopez Ferreira and Nicholas Robinson is consistently vibrant and brilliant”. – Robert Hugill, London


Dmitry Sinkovsky & Il Pomo d Oro bis

A second recording with the group, featuring the young Russian violinist, Dmitri Sinkovsky, and entitled « Concerti per violino vol. V Per Pisendel » was released at the end of January and was immediately awarded the prestigious « Diapason d’Or » award. Dmitri performs with amazing ease a number of the more technically daunting violin concertos by Vivaldi. « Virtuosity, finesse, expression, imagination, Sinkovsky has it all» - Le Monde.


IL POMO D ORO & Riccardo Minasi

Naïve is pleased to present a new Baroque group, Il Pomo d’Oro. These young Italians shine with their fresh, enthusiastic sound . It’s the new generation and for their first recording their leader, violinist Riccardo Minasi gives us seven of Vivaldi’s violin sonatas, each of them a gem, not one of them alike. Their recording “L’Imperatore” , the fourth of the violin sonata recordings in the Vivaldi Edition, immediately received the « Choc de la Musique » award.


Vivaldi on iPhone - MY VIVALDI

In an ever continuing effort to introduce the public to the wealth of exceptional music that Vivaldi wrote, Naïve record’s Vivaldi Edition project has begun the year with the launch of a free iPhone application.

This application allows you to sample some of the nearly forty albums recorded to date in The Vivaldi Edition. Touch on a piece and begin listening while you slide through the album covers. Stop on any of the cds, tap on the photo and you have a historical commentary of that particular album while the music continues to play. Send the track to a friend.

It’s all just a click away and can be downloaded at :

To see the presentation video :


“La Cinquième Saison”, a new Vivaldi biography

Cultural journalist Orlando Perera has recently published a book in Italian entitled "Vivaldi - la Quinta Stagione". The 200-page book is divided into two sections, a first on the life of Vivaldi and the second on the incredible voyage of Vivaldi's autograph manuscripts, a unique musical patrimony,  from Venice to the National Library in Torino where they are now known as the Foà and Giordano collection.

Behind an immediately engaging literary style is rigorous documentation based on the most recent musicological finds. This much needed general work, directed specifically to non-specialists, clarifies the immense historical role the mysterious Venetian composer held, a role which until now has been denied him. An English version is to be released in the spring of 2011.