In 1930, the Italian National Library in Turin purchased a collection of autograph manuscripts by Venetian composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), the most significant Italian composer of the eighteenth century.
Known as the Foà and Giordano collection, this assemblage of scores contains nearly 450 works by Vivaldi that includes hundreds of concertos for various instruments, and vocal music for both the secular and the sacred.
In 2000, French recording label Naïve began a project with the Istituto per i Beni Musicali in Turin to record this collection in its entirety. Thus far, sixty-one titles have been released, performed by many of today's most notable artists in historical performance.
Stay Thirsty Magazine is proud to present this Special Section on the Vivaldi Edition because of its importance to the preservation of music. In order to give a feel for the scope and the breadth of this project, we sat down with Susan Orlando, the Artistic Director, and with Italian Conductor Ottavio Dantone and the French Contralto Delphine Galou to learn more about their views on this massive undertaking.
[NB: On October 4, 2019, Naïve Classiques announced the release of Concerti per violoncello III, the 61st album in the Vivaldi Edition series. This album marks the third installment in Christophe Coin’s project to record all of Vivaldi’s cello concertos.]


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