NAIVE ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THE GROUNDBREAKING VIVALDI EDITION
Seven new albums to be released over the next two years, beginning with the opera Dorilla in Tempe out on 1 December
As part of its renaissance within the Believe Group, independent label Naïve is reviving one of the most ambitious recording projects of the 21st century. Launched in the early 2000s, the trailblazing Vivaldi Edition is bringing to light the vast collection of neglected works by Antonio Vivaldi held in the National University Library of Turin, Italy - much of which has never been heard before.
With 450 works ranging from single arias to full scale operas, the extraordinary collection is in fact Vivaldi's personal library of original manuscripts and as such the largest intact collection of scores by an eighteenth-century composer that exists. Without it, there would be an incomplete picture of the man who was undoubtedly the most important Italian composer of his time.
The amount of instrumental music is prodigious: almost 300 concertos for one or multiple instruments, strings and basso continuo (including 110 concertos for violin and 39 concertos for bassoon), cantatas, motets and 15 complete operas. With very few exceptions, it is the sole source for the composer's sacred music and operas – the latter constituting the major revelation of the collection. Until recently the great majority of these works remained unknown to the public.
To date, with over 800,000 copies sold worldwide, the Vivaldi Edition boasts more than fifty albums, including 15 operas. Now, over 15 years later, it continues its mission as an aural documentation of one of the most remarkable composers who ever lived, with its 55th album release - the first since 2015. The sumptuous opera Dorilla in Tempe, directed by Diego Fasolis, will be available from 1 December. This will be followed over the next two years by releases from Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone, Fabio Biondi (in his first appearance in the Edition), Sergio Azzolini, Delphine Galou and Christophe Coin.
Italian musicologist Alberto Basso conceived the project, which has attracted the attention of researchers and musicians worldwide. The list of artists involved reads like a who's who of today's top talent on the international Baroque scene: Giovanni Antonini, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Jordi Savall, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Alan Curtis, Federico Maria Sardelli, Sandrine Piau, Philippe Jaroussky, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Magdalena Kozena, Julia Lezhneva, Sara Mingardo, Ann Hallenberg, Delphine Galou, Paul Agnew, Lorenzo Regazzo, Furio Zanasi, Riccardo Minasi, Christophe Coin, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Sergio Azzolini, Zefiro, plus many more.