Magazine article Gramophone

Pergolesi

Magazine article Gramophone

Pergolesi

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Pergolesi [DVD-V] [Br]  La Salustia Vittorio Prato bar                                            Marziano Serena Malfi mez                                              Salustia Laura Polverelli mez                                            Giulia Florin Cezar Ouatu counterten                               Alessandro Giacinta Nicotra sop                                            Albina Maria Hinojosa Montenegro sop                                  Claudio 

Accademia Barocca de I Virtuosi Italiani / Corrado Rovaris

Stage director Juliette Deschamps

Video director Tiziano Mancini

ArtHaus Musik [F] [2] [DVD-V] 101 651; [F] [Br] 108 065 (3h 5' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.1. DD5.1 & PCM stereo * 0 * s)

Recorded live at the Teatro GB Pergolesi, lesi, 2011

Pergolesi's first opera on DVD from his birthplace

La Salustia (Naples, 1732) was the 21-year-old Pergolesi's first serious stage work. The libretto is an adaptation of Apostolo Zeno's Alessandro Severo: the emperor Alessandro's wife Salustia is persecuted by his jealous mother Giulia, which sets in motion dynastic difficulties and a treacherous revenge plot by Salustia's father Marziano; these difficulties are eventually overcome through Salustia's noble heroism in defending her mother-in-law from successive assassination attempts.

Corrado Rovaris directs a crisply paced performance and the Accademia Barocca de I Virtuosi Italiani play gracefully, notwithstanding imperfect intonation from the strings and somewhat restrained horns. …

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