OP0441. LA SENNA FESTEGGIANTE (Vivaldi), recorded 1978, Cologne, w.Scimone Cond. Cappella Coloniensis; Lella Cuberli, Helga Müller & Siegmund Nimsgern. (Germany) 2-Fonit Cetra CDC 25, w.Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy!
“LA SENNA FESTEGGIANTE” is scored for three voices and celebrates the French royal house of Bourbon during the early years of Louis XV’s reign. The precise occasion for which Vivaldi wrote it, however, is unknown. The libretto by Domenico Lalli, whom Vivaldi set on several occasions is conventionally effusive in its praise of the monarch but Vivaldi’s music, over which he evidently took great care, rises pretty consistently above commonplace sentiments. Each of its two parts is introduced by an overture, the first an Italian sinfonia, the second a French ‘Ouverture’ in name and in character suggesting, perhaps, that the work was intended for a French audience. Much of the vocal interest is contained in the music of LA SENNA, a bass role with a strikingly wide range of more than two octaves. But the two soprano roles are not lacking in beguiling arias and duets and the work, taken as a whole, offers an impressive example of Vivaldi’s skill in the dramatic sphere, albeit in miniature. The singers are accomplished and the performance must rank among Claudio Scimone’s best sustained achievements on disc.”
- Nicholas Anderson, ClassicalMusic.com