Vivaldi. Arie per tenore
Topi Lehtipuu, tenor
Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera
Diego Fasolis, conductor
Naive, 2011Buy from Amazon
This is the recording of Topi Lehtipuu’s intrepid adventure through the arduous tenor arias of the “red priest” Antonio Vivaldi, one of many composers that the versatile singer counts among his varied and extensive repertoire, which ranges from Monteverdi to Britten, through Bach (I remember the recording of Matthäus Passion) Rameau (Hippolyte et Aricie), Mozart (Così fan tutte) and Poulenc (Les dialogues des Carmélites).
Arie per tenore is Lehtipuu’s first solo album and includes arias from reknown and rare operas such as Tito Manlio, Arsilda regina di Ponto, La costanza trionfante, Tigrane, L’incoronazione di Dario, Artabano re de’Parti, La verità in cimento, Dorilla in Tempe, Farnace e Bajazet. The album is ideally divided into two parts, the first brightest and the second most serious, by the Concerto ripieno RV 110, and ends with a lovely choir from Dorilla in Tempe (Dell’aura a sussurrar), which reuses the music of the first movement of Spring.
Since the first aria, La fatal sentenza from Tito Manlio, it is immediately clear that Lehtipuu’s voice is very well suited to the Baroque repertoire for its homogeneity, its easy coloratura and long breaths, but above all for the magnificent timbre (this is one of most beautiful voices I have ever heard for Vivaldi). However, it is its flexibility, which allows this voice to sound tender in pathetic arias and to become authoritative in the more animated ones, though without ever reaching the point of heroism, so that overall it maintains its peculiar expressive coherence.
The tenor is supported by the excellent Barocchisti and the Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera, conducted by Diego Fasolis, true master of the repertoire and incomparable musical guide for interpreters.