OperaClick - 2018/11/23
The direction of Ottavio Dantone was splendid and for the occasion he decided to combine the version of the work dated 1711 with that dated 1731, comparing them on the basis of the performance practice of the time. The result is a sound scape of extraordinary elegance and cleanliness, perfectly balanced in its delicacy, always resolved in a great harmony of the parts. At his side, the Accademia Bizantina shines for the clarity of sound, cohesion and expressiveness of the phrasing.
Giornale della musica - 2018/11/27
Dantone conducts three hours of music in a tight succession of recitatives and arias, accompanying the harpsichord or improvising as a soloist... The performance is perfect, at the highest levels and the Byzantine Academy, an authentic Italian jewel of the ancient, is excellence made music. Simply extraordinary.
Connessi all'Opera - 2018/01/12
On the musical front things work well, thanks above all to Ottavio Dantone and his Accademia Bizantina, a remarkable stylistic prowess, variety of colors, sensitivity in accompanying the singers. After all, in giving back the superb quality of Handel's music: a baroque music made of dynamic and timbric contrasts, of vigor and power, of amazement and enchanted contemplation.
Accademia Bizantina was founded in Ravenna in 1983 with the programmatic intention of "making music like a great quartet". Today, as then, the group is managed autonomously by its own members, guardians and guarantors of the interpretative chamber approach that has always distinguished it.
This philosophy combined with a deep collective study has allowed the Ensemble to specialize in performing on original instruments from the 17th, 18th and 19th century musical repertoire.
Over the years he has been able to distinguish himself and gain a prominent place in the preferences of the public and critics, adopting his own style of interpretation that draws its raison d'être from the research and appropriation of a common and shared performing language and practice that presupposes a careful reading of the score and prefers the stylistic accuracy of the performance, as in the noblest Italian chamber music tradition.