In the summer of 2011 France’s most eminent cultural institution, the Château de Versailles, joined naïve in celebrating Antonio Vivaldi with a month of concerts, fireworks and publications – the crowning glory of our first ten years of work in restituting the massive corpus of works by this little-known italian composer to the public. The Vivaldi edition, a recording venture conceived by the italian musicologist Alberto Basso (istituto per i Beni Musicali in Piemonte) and the independent label naïve, is one of the most ambitious recording projects of the twenty-first century. its principal objective is to record the massive collection of Vivaldi autograph manuscripts preserved in the Biblioteca nazionale Universitaria in Turin.
The protagonist of the film, set in 1700, is Figaro, the barber of Seville, who risks being arrested for opening his shop on Sundays despite a ban. Figaro is a friend of a young Count who's in love with Rosina, the governor's daughter. But her father doesn't consent to their marriage.
Italy's retro bike race is a cycling classic. Running on gravel roads with 80's bikes, woolen jerseys and fueled by rich Italian food and wine, the glorious L'Eroica race captures the golden era of cycling. The film follows cycling greats of the past, and some of the younger enthusiasts for an excellent view of the magical land and race.