Press Room: Sacred and Profane, pt 2

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Interview | Meet The Artist (UK) | Delphine Galou, contralto | July 2019

“I’ve always loved Italian Baroque operas and sacred music and now that I speak Italian fluently and understand its subtleties and the rhythm of the words I can finally sing this music as it should be sung.”

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Interview and review | Scherzo (Spain) | Delphine Galou | October 2019

“La cantante francesa nos habla en esta entrevista de ambos discos y, en general, de la música de Antonio Vivaldi, así comode sus futuros proyectos, del amor que le profesa al barroco italiano y de lo mucho que le gustaría, pero no puede, cantar barroco francés.”

“The French singer tells us in this interview of both albums and, in general, of the music of Antonio Vivaldi, as well as of her future projects, the love she professes to the Italian Baroque and how much she would like, but cannot, sing French baroque”

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Review | Amadeus (Italy) | Vivaldi – Musica Sacra per Alto | July 2019

“Da tempo l’Accademia Bizantina sfoggia un affiatamento, una compattezza, un’affinità d’intenti davvero ammirabile.”

“For a long time Accademia Bizantina has been displaying a harmony, a compactness, an admirable affinity of intent.”

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Review | Melómano (Spain) | Discos Recomendados | October 2019

“La Accademia Bizantina […] predomina como una de las formaciones más importantes del ámbito internacional dentro de este acercamiento al repertorio barroco, ofreciendo en esta propuesta una formidable versión que conforma las características que configuran la personalidad cambiante que denota la producción de Vivaldi”

“Accademia Bizantina […] predominates as one of the most important ensembles in the international arena within this approach to the Baroque repertoire, offering in this proposal a formidable version”

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Video | A. Vivaldi / Antifona Salve Regina RV 618 per contralto e orchestra a due cori – Aria: Salve Regina | Accademia Bizantina


Podcast | Rete Uno – RSI (Switzerland) | “Vivaldiamo” con Ottavio e Delphine | August 2019

“Due godibilissimi prodotti discografici grazie all’etichetta Naïve ci presentano un florilegio di Arie e cantate profane per contralto e di Arie sacre di Antonio Vivaldi. In nostra compagnia i fautori delle operazioni: il contralto parigino Delphine Galou e il direttore d’orchestra Ottavio Dantone, diplomatosi in organo e clavicembalo al Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano: per l’occasione sono accompagnati dall’Accademia Bizantina, celebre complesso specializzato nell’esecuzione della musica barocca.”

“Two very enjoyable recordings, thanks to the Naïve label, present to us a bouquet of Arias and profane cantatas for contralto and of Sacred Arias by Antonio Vivaldi. The proponents of the operations are Parisian contralto Delphine Galou and orchestra director Ottavio Dantone, graduated in organ and harpsichord at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan: for the occasion they are accompanied by the Accademia Bizantina, a famous ensemble specializing in the performance of baroque music.”

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Podcast | Rete Uno – RSI (Switzerland) | “Accademia Bizantina, “Vivaldi. Arie e cantate per contralto”, Naïve | September 2019

“Il sessantesimo titolo della Vivaldi Edition è stato affidato a Delphine Galou e all’Accademia Bizantina diretta da Ottavio Dantone e contiene arie e cantate per contralto che riflettono il talento di scrittura del compositore veneziano per la voce femminile, e in particolare per la tessitura di contralto.”

“The sixtieth title in the Vivaldi Edition was entrusted to Delphine Galou and the Accademia Bizantina, directed by Ottavio Dantone, and contains arias and cantatas for alto that reflect the writing talent of the Venetian composer for the female voice, and in particular for the texture of alto.”

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Review | Journal Frankfurt – Klassik, (Germany) |Top 5 CDs | August 2019

“Das mag recht akademisch klingen, doch Galous punktet hier wieder mit ihrer grandiosen Stimme, die stellenweise so kraftvoll und obertonreich wie die eines Countetenors daherkommt – aber doch ein waschechter Alt ist.”

“That may sound quite academic, but Galou scores here again with her grandiose voice, which comes in places as powerful and overtone-rich as that of a countetenor”

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Review | Fono Forum (Germany) |Vivaldi: Arie e cantate per contralto | October 2019

…umschmeichelt den Text raffiniert und beweist auch Sinn für Humor

…caresses the text in a refined way and also shows a sense of humor”

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Review | Sächsische Zeitung Dresden (Germany) | Leuchtende Stimme mit viel Gefül | June 2019

“Die Vivaldi-Edition von Naïve wird um zwei tolle Gesangs-CDs bereichert.”

“Vivaldi Edition di Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition is enriched by two great vocal CDs.”

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Review | Club de Ópera (Spain) | Discos recomendados – Baráth & Galou | July 2019

“La contralto Delphine Galou expone su dominio en la técnica vocal de forma pura en su interpretación de la música sacra de Vivaldi, escrita en su totalidad en latín. El tenor Alessandro Giangrande, en aquellas piezas en las que converge con Galou, cumple con su cometido con una línea de canto correcta que realza la prístina voz de la contralto. Asimismo, Alessandro Tampieri al violín, con una sutileza admirable, singulariza sus cadenzas en perfecta sincronía con el conjunto Accademia Bizantina, dirigida por Ottavio Dantone, especialmente en el ‘Concerto in re maggiore Per la SSma Assontione di Maria Vergine RV 582’.”

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Review | Opus Klassiek (Netherlands) | CD-recensie | June 2019

“Aria’s van dit kaliber vormen vanuit zowel vocaal als dramatisch perspectief een ware heksentoer, maar Delphine Galou slaagt daarin met vlag en wimpel. Ze doet wat dit betreft niet onder voor een Cecilia Bartoli en dat wil wel wat zeggen.”

“Arias of this caliber form a true witchcraft from both a vocal and dramatic perspective, but Delphine Galou succeeds with flying colors. In this respect she is in no way inferior to a Cecilia Bartoli and that means something.”.

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Review | Infodad.com (USA) | Sacred and Secular | July 2019

“… its emotional strength and seriousness, as performed by Accademia Bizantina conducted by Ottavio Dantone, do set it apart.”

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Review | Stretto (Belgium) | Magnifieke “Arie e Cantate per Contralto” en “Musica sacra” van Vivaldi door Delphine Galou en de Accademia Bizantina o.l.v. Ottavio Dantone, op het label Naïve | June 2019

“Twee magnifieke cd’s die dankzij de wonderbaarlijk mooie stem van Delphine Galou, een prachtige mooie bloemlezing brengen van Vivaldi’s onevenaarbare, schitterende, lyrische kunst, zowel religieus als uit zijn opera’s. Niet te missen!”

“Two magnificent CDs that, thanks to the wonderfully beautiful voice of Delphine Galou, bring a beautiful beautiful anthology of Vivaldi’s incomparable, beautiful, lyrical art, both religious and from his operas. Can not be missed!”

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Review | de Volkskrant (Netherlands) | Delphine Galou’s Vivaldi klinkt romig en verleidelijk, maar de gedachte aan seriewerk blijft | June 2019

“Met tussenpozen werkte Vivaldi als viooldocent en koormeester aan het Ospedale della Pietà, het Venetiaanse vondelingentehuis voor vrouwen. Mogelijk schreef hij zijn zangsolo’s voor ene Geltruda. Wie weet had ze net zo’n romig, donker, verleidelijk geluid als Galou.”

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Podcast |Radio Nacional de España – Radio Clásica (Spain) | Magazine de VeranoMusica Sacra per Alto

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Podcast |Radio Nacional de España – Radio Clásica (Spain) | Magazine de VeranoArie e Cantate per Contralto

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Review | Rondo (Germany) | Musica Sacra per Alto | June 2019

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Review | Ópera Actual (Spain) | Va de discos | October 2019

“Son, sin duda, primicias que disfrutarán los amantes de la ópera barroca en estos discos”

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Video | A. Vivaldi / Cessate, omai cessate – cantata RV 684 – Recitativo: A voi dunque ricorro 


Review | Mundoclasico.com (Spain) | Vivaldi laico | July 2019

“El entendimiento con la Accademia Bizantina y Ottavio Dantone, a los que le une una colaboración importante desde hace un tiempo, es absoluto, en particular porque el director italiano, estilista supremo como la contralto, opta por imprimir un ritmo siempre adecuado y ofrecer contrastes sin exageraciones extravagantes”

“The understanding with Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone is absolute, in particular because the Italian director chooses to give an always adequate rhythm and offer contrasts without extravagant exaggerations”

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Review | Mundoclasico.com (Spain) | Vivaldi per pietà | August 2019

“…el concierto en re mayor Para la Santísima Asunción de la Virgen María, que no tiene nada que envidiar a otros conciertos para violín y orquesta. Aquí refulge la calidad de la orquesta y el virtuosismo del violín de Alessandro Tampieri, que suena exquisito en el capriccio previsto.”

“…the concert in D major For the Blessed Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which has nothing to envy to other concerts for violin and orchestra. Here the quality of the orchestra and the virtuosity of Alessandro Tampieri’s violin shines.”

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Review | OperaClick (Italy) | Vivaldi: Arie e Cantate per Contralto | September 2019

“Un’ottima registrazione, curata benissimo dal punto di vista musicale. Ottavio Dantone e la sua Accademia Bizantina conoscono alla perfezione lo stile di Vivaldi e danno molta varietà agli accompagnamenti per lo più affidati ad archi e continuo.”

“An excellent recording, very carefully made from a musical point of view. Ottavio Dantone and his Accademia Bizantina know Vivaldi’s style perfectly and give a lot of variety to the accompaniments, mostly entrusted to strings and continuo.”

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