Vivaldi: Ottone in Villa

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Artist L’Arte dell’Arco/Federico Guglielmo conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94105
EAN code 5028421941059
Release September 2010

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Antonio Vivaldi’s fame as an opera composer is due in now small part to his incredible industry. He composed around 50 operas, and of these around 16 have survived complete – several substantial fragments of others have also survived. However, it is for his instrumental music that he remains one of the major baroque composers – on a par with Handel and J.S. Bach.

However, in the world of opera at the time, only one other composer rivalled Vivaldi in the use of orchestral colour and the way in which the human voice was blended with the accompaniment. The writing for voice generally is on a very high level. The rival was of course Handel, and Vivaldi also was a considerable impressario as was his German/British colleague.

Ottone in Villa (Otto in the Country) was his first opera, composed and premiered in 1713, when he was already famed as Italy’s foremost violinist and composer of concertos.

The story concerns Cleonilla, the mistress of the Roman emperor Ottone, and a young man Caio who courts her much to the distress and horror of his lover Tullia. The music is sensual and erotic rather than heroic, with lovely depictions of breezes and wild brooks from the orchestra.

Other information
- Features a PDF containing essay, synopsis, libretto in English and Italian, artist biographies. Click 'Download booklet' below the cover image to download this file.
- Period instrument performance, recorded in 2008 in the world famous Teatro Olimpico (Vicenza), designed by Andrea Palladio.
- For the first time ever, complete materials from the first performance of 1713 were used.
- The liner notes are written by the Italian specialist Vittorio Bolcato. He dedicated many of his studies on Ottone in Villa.
- “This edition of Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa, by the - in this particular case - adroitly named Brilliant label, is truly excellent. It’s one of those rare CDs where everything is in the right place” (MusicWeb, February 2011).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Ottone in Villa, Sinfonia: I. Allegro
  2. Ottone in Villa, Sinfonia: II. Larghetto
  3. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 1: Recitativo “Nacqui a gran sorte, o Cieli” (Cleonilla)
  4. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 1: Aria “Quanto m’alletta” (Cleonilla)
  5. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 2: Recitativo “Caio…Cleonilla qui sola?” (Cleonilla, Caio)
  6. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 2: Aria “Sole degl’occhi miei” (Cleonilla)
  7. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 2: Recitativo “Ma Cesare qui vien” (Caio)
  8. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 3: Recitativo “Cleonilla, a te ne vengo” (Ottone)
  9. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 3: Aria “Caro bene” (Cleonilla)
  10. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 4: Recitativo “Più fida amante, e chi mirò già mai?”
  11. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 4: Aria “Par tormento, ed è piacer” (Ottone)
  12. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 5: Recitativo “Quanto di donna amante sagace è il cor” (Caio)
  13. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 5: Aria “Chi seguir vuol la costanza” (Caio)
  14. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 6: Recitativo “Ah! Traditor t’intendo” (Tullia)
  15. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 6: Aria “Con l’amor di donna amante” (Tullia)
  16. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 7: Recitativo “Quanto m’alletti, o cara” (Ottone)
  17. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 7: Aria “Frema pur, si lagni Roma” (Ottone)
  18. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 8: Recitativo “Grande ho, Decio, il desio” (Cleonilla)
  19. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 8: Aria “Il tuo pensiero è lusinghiero” (Decio)
  20. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 9: Recitativo “Porgimi il manto, caro” (Cleonilla)
  21. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 9: Aria “Che fè, che amor” (Cleonilla)
  22. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 10: Recitativo “E Caio aborrirò per fin ch’io viva?” (Caio)
  23. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 10: Aria “Sì, sì, deggio partir” (Tullia)
  24. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 11: Recitativo “E Caio aborrirò per fin ch’io viva?” (Caio)
  25. Ottone in Villa, Act 1 Scene 11: Aria “Gelosia, tu già rendi l’alma mia” (Caio)
  26. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 1: Recitativo “Spinto Signor son’ io dal zelo del tuo onor” (Decio)
  27. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 1: Aria “Come l’onda” (Ottone)
  28. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 2: Recitativo “A Cesare tradito io dir non volli” (Decio)
  29. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 2: Aria “Che giova il trono al Re” (Decio)
  30. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 3: Recitativo “Parli Decio che vuol” (Caio)
  31. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 3: Duetto “L’ombre, l’aure, e ancora il rio” (Caio, Tullia)

Disk 2

  1. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 4: Recitativo “Qual duolo, o Caio, frenetico ti rende?” (Tullia)
  2. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 4: Aria “Su gl’occhi del tuo ben” (Caio)
  3. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 5: Recitativo “Disperato è l’infido, e in vano io cerco” (Tullia)
  4. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 5: Aria “Due tiranni ho nel mio core” (Tullia)
  5. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 6: Recitativo “Felice è il volto mio” (Cleonilla)
  6. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 6: Aria “Leggi almeno, tiranna infedele” (Caio)
  7. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 7: Recitativo “Che mai scrisse qui Caio?” (Cleonilla)
  8. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 7: Aria “Tu vedrai s’io ti mancai” (Cleonilla)
  9. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 8: Recitativo “Cesare, io già prevedo” (Decio)
  10. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 8: Aria “Povera fedeltà” (Cleonilla)
  11. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 9: Recitativo “Ah Decio, i tuoi ricordi” (Ottone)
  12. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 9: Aria “Ben talor favella il Cielo” (Decio)
  13. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 10: Recitativo “Oh! qual error fec’io” (Ottone)
  14. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 10: Aria “Compatisco il tuo fiero tormento” (Ottone)
  15. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 11: Recitativo “Quanto Cleonilla è scaltra” (Caio)
  16. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 11: Aria “Io sembro appunto” (Caio)
  17. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 12: Recitativo “Ah, che non vuol sentirmi il traditore” (Tullia)
  18. Ottone in Villa, Act 2 Scene 12: Aria “Misero spirto mio” (Tullia)
  19. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 1: Recitativo “Signor…Lasciami in pace” (Decio, Ottone)
  20. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 1: Aria “Tutto sprezzo, e trono, e impero” (Ottone)
  21. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 2: Recitativo “Già di Ottone preveggo l’imminente caduta” (Decio)
  22. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 2: Aria “L’esser amante colpa non è” (Decio)
  23. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 3: Recitativo “Cerchi in van ch’io t’ascolti” (Cleonilla)
  24. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 3: Aria “No, per te non ho più amor, no” (Cleonilla)
  25. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 4: Recitativo “Cleonilla…O che dolore” (Tullia, Caio)
  26. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 4: Aria “Guarda in quest’occhi” (Caio)
  27. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 5: Recitativo “Quant’ha di vago Amor nel suo gran regno” (Cleonilla, Tullia)
  28. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 5: Aria “Che bel contento io sento” (Tullia)
  29. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Scene 6: Recitativo “Più soffrir non poss’io” (Caio)
  30. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Final Scene: Recitativo “Caio infierito” (Ottone)
  31. Ottone in Villa, Act 3 Final Scene: Coro “Grande è il contento”