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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.
In 2014 he embarked upon HAYDN2032, a projected 18-year project to record the complete Haydn symphonies on Alpha in anticipation of the composer’s tercentenary; Volume 4, ‘Il distratto’, won a Gramophone Award in 2017.
Further Reading: Giovanni Antonini
The Milanese conductor continues his mammoth survey of Haydn's complete symphonies with the 'Lamentatione' and 'Alleluia', performed by the Kammerorchester Basel.
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.