With this new recording, the madly epic and romantic opera, Il Giustino, finally receives its place in the spotlight, something that the history of music has denied it up until now. The fifty-eighth recording and eighteenth opera in the Vivaldi Edition, which began in 2000, solidifies the status of Vivaldi as the greatest of opera composers - and of composers full stop.
It needed the talent, charisma and poetic energy of a great conductor to bring back to life this gem and it is Ottavio Dantone who assumes this mantle.
With an Accademia Bizantina even more virtuosic and passionate than ever, a cast of high-flying soloists (Emőke Baráth, Delphine Galou, Verónica Cangemi, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Silke Gäng) and instruments as rare as they are precious (such as the dreamlike psaltery that accompanies the breathtaking air by Anastasio), Maestro Dantone brilliantly reincarnates, through this legendary Giustino, the human passions of yesterday and today.
"From the outset of the overture, the listener is fully engaged, admiring the commitment and virtuoso playing of the Accademia Bizantina…the cast is state-of-the-art by current Italian Baroque opera standards…For me the palm here goes to the mezzo Silke Gäng’s rich, silky singing of Anastasio…Unsurprisingly, Delphine Galou’s eponymous hero is also memorable…Baráth’s Arianna completes a trio of principals of the highest quality."