The Byzantine Academy, the prestigious Italian ensemble conducted by the harpsichordist and conductor Ottavio Dantone, has created his own record label HDB SONUS; a project that arises from the desire to have direct control over the dissemination and promotion of its repertoire, as well as the need to listen and dialogue directly with the public.
The Italian ensemble premieres this new record adventure with the launch of the live recording of the opera Rinaldo the Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759), performed at the Teatro Sociale in Como, in the framework of the season 2018/2019 of the theatrical circuit of the Opera Lombardia. Ottavio Dantone has carried out the dramaturgical review of the opera, while the Italian musicologist Bernardo Ticci has been in charge of its critical edition. He cast features expert voices from the baroque repertoire such as alto Delphine Galou (Rinaldo), the soprano Francesca Aspromonte (Almira), or countertenor Raffaele Pe (Goffredo), among others. This first HDB SONUS album, which is available in the record label's online store and on all digital platforms, includes a booklet from 128 pages with original bilingual script.
"One of the greatest fortunes of an artist today is having full creative and communicative autonomy. HDB SONUS makes this aspiration come true, allowing the Byzantine Accademia the possibility of offering its public the most sincere projects and emotions ”, Ottavio Dantone points out before this new challenge with the Byzantine Accademia.
Ottavio Dantone's version, that brings together the editions of 1711 Y 1731 of the well-known serious opera in three acts of Handel, It is backed by an excellent reception from Italian critics in its presentation on the Lombard circuit: "It is a beautiful spectacle. Merit must be attributed, first, to the direction of Ottavio Dantone, contrasted, energetic and, definitely, euphoric as this opera is ” (Alberto Mattioli, The print); Dantone conducts three hours of music in a compact succession of recitatives and arias, accompanying the harpsichord or improvising as a soloist… The execution is perfect, of the highest level and the Byzantine Accademia, authentic Italian jewel of the old, it is excellence made music. Simply extraordinary” (Maddalena Schito, the newspaper of music).