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Giovanni Antonini

Giovanni Antonini


The Italian conductor and recorder-player Giovanni Antonini was born in Milan in 1965, where he trained at the Civica scuola di Musica and founded the period-instrument ensemble Il Giardino Armonico in 1985; their many award-winning recordings include the complete Mozart violin concertos with Isabelle Faust (‘these wonderful performances have the air of chamber music’ – Gramophone), Serrpent and Fire with soprano Anna Prohaska, the smash-hit Vivaldi Album and Sacrificium with Cecilia Bartoli (which both won Grammys), and Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa as part of Naïve’s mammoth Vivaldi Edition.

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Further Reading: Giovanni Antonini

 Recording of the Week, Haydn's 'Lamentatione' from Giovanni Antonini

The Milanese conductor continues his mammoth survey of Haydn's complete symphonies with the 'Lamentatione' and 'Alleluia', performed by the Kammerorchester Basel.

 Recording of the Week, Cecilia Bartoli sings Bellini’s Norma

Giovanni Antonini recreates Bellini’s masterpiece as it would have been heard at its 1831 premiere, with period instruments, a light soprano Adalgisa, and a high mezzo in the formidable title-role – Bartoli, radiating neurotic intensity and raw pathos as the infanticidal Druid priestess.

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