For long regarded simply as a precursor of the great comic operas of Mozart’s maturity, La finta giardiniera has more recently shown increasing signs of being accepted into the repertoire. Last year’s first-ever staging at Glyndebourne was mirrored across the Channel by this co-production mounted in Lille and Dijon.
This DVD not only features a recital of two alto cantatas by Vivaldi (Cessate omai cessate and Amor hai vinto) and four works for strings by Biagio Marini, but it also includes a guided tour and potted history of the fine palazzo in Vicenza where the recording was made.
This DVD is hardly worth listening to, let alone seeing. The speeds are dull – to take for example the overture (where was the minuet?), the largo was andante-larghetto; the allegro was andante. The tempi continue in such fashion