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  • Performer: Bejun Mehta, Rosemary Joshua, Petra Müllejans, Torsten Johann, Shizuko Noiri, et al.
  • Orchestra: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (November 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, CD+DVD
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B003QLY5JW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sento la gioia (Amadigi di Gaula)
2. Otton, Otton (Agrippina)
3. Voi, che udite il mio lamento
4. Agitato da fiere tempeste (Riccardo primo, re d'Inghilterra)
5. Che piu si tarda omai (Tolomeo, re d'Egitto)
6. Stille amare
7. Ah! stigie larve (Orlando)
8. Passacaille (Overture)(Rodrigo)
9. Ombra cara di mia sposa (Radamisto)
10. Fra tempeste funeste (Rodelina)
11. Con rauco mormorio
12. T'ubbidiro, crudele (Orlando)
13. Per le porte del tormento (Sosarme)

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If Handel s arias enjoy such success today, perhaps it is because they lie at the intersection between past and present, light and shadow. In his first recital for harmonia mundi, Bejun Mehta has performs selections from the repertoire of the famous castrato Senesino. From shadow ( Ombra cara ) to light ( Sento la gioia ), this album re-introduces Mehta s prodigious talents as a solo artist. Also included is a bonus DVD with interviews and video of the recording sessions. Mehta made his first record in 1983 for Delos when he was a boy soprano. Upon hearing that CD, Leonard Bernstein was moved to comment, It is hard to believe the richness and maturity of musical understanding in this adolescent boy. He was also honored by the magazine Stereo Review as the Debut Recording Artist of the Year. After his voice changed, the multi-talented Mehta excelled both as a cellist and a producer, winning a 1997 GRAMMY® award for his work on Janos Starker s final recording of the Bach Cello Suites. Mehta again took up singing in 1998, inspired by countertenor David Daniels, and has now become one of the most sought-after countertenors of his generation.

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A ballsy, risk-taking singer, he flings coloratura about like weaponry and pushes
himself to his limits in his quest for musical and dra- matic expression. You are conscious of being in the presence of greatness. --The Guardian

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The entire album offers a splashing treat to baroque lovers.
Abert
And if he is good in the high register, he's notably impressive in the low one, exhibiting a skilfull use of the chest (a rarity among countertenors).
Bartolomé Mesa
I listen to both CDs, one from his teenage and this adult voice, and am just amazed how well his controls are in both CDs.
PuppyTalk

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bartolomé Mesa on January 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I love Handel and have all his operas (many in several versions) and quite a lot of arias compilations by a wide variety of talented singers, released over the past decades, but very few have given me so much pleasure -and none have I listened to so many times- as this well-thought and exemplary recorded disc. I have always preferred a good contralto or mezzo(like Nathalie Stuzman or Vivica Genaux, to mention just two) in the high-flying and heroic roles Handel wrote for the greatest castrati of the era. All the arias recorded here were created by Senesino, perhaps with Farinelli the biggest star of them all. And, although we cannot know how he sounded, to my ears a good female voice is always more pleasurable in these parts than the uneasy and somehow tricky singing produced by countertenors, even the good ones. But now comes rising-star Bejun Mehta to prove me wrong. Here we have a wonderful and beautiful voice, with effortless coloratura, breathtaking legato and "spìanato" line, that by shading and expressive utterance is able to convey with supreme artistry a whole range of emotions -from desperation and fury to menlancolic longing or extatic joy-, displaying with stunning beauty the darkness and light of these highly demanding arias. The da capo parts are imaginatively embellished, boasting a wide variety of belcanto resources. And if he is good in the high register, he's notably impressive in the low one, exhibiting a skilfull use of the chest (a rarity among countertenors). In fact, you forget quite soon you're listening to a countertenor. This is just a great singer, producing glorious sound and engaging with abandon in all the artifice of the baroque, when the human voice and particularly that of the castrato reigned supreme. A rare treasure. Nobody interested in singing should miss it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Withers on December 31, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have long been in favour of CDs which come with a DVD, even when there is not much more than rehearsal footage [Natalie Dessay singing Bach, for example] The 14 minutes of this DVD are exemplary - not only will you never listen to a mere CD of Bejun Mehta, Rosemary Joshua or Rene Jacobs again without a vivid recollection of their work for this CD, but you will be charmed [all three conducting the final Sosarme duet], enlightened [Jacobs explicit and informative about countertenor singing] and enraptured [Bejun's opening aria - why is there no complete Amadigi di Gaula, for heaven's sake?].

The CD in full will have you ecstatic, Handel-fan or not, so go without booze and tobacco, even, but buy it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R.G.F. on November 17, 2010
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In "Ombra Cara" Bejun Mehta draws from the pallet of Handelian countertenor repertoire and expertly paints an intricate picture rich with hues portraying the emotions of darkness and light, sadness and joy, resignation and determination, defeat and victory, despair and love. Using the talents of the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Handelian expertise of soprano Rosemary Joshua, and the unique conducting of Rene Jacobs (an accomplished countertenor himself) as his canvas Mr. Mehta creates a true masterpiece. This CD is a must-have for anyone drawn to the voice of the countertenor, to works of Handel, or to beauty itself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PuppyTalk on November 20, 2013
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I am totally gaga over his voice! I've had his first CD from when he was 14 (or 15?) since the 80s, and had been waiting for his new release ever since. He just disappeared from the picture all together after his voice change, and I was sorely disappointed. Now I got this CD. yay! I listen to both CDs, one from his teenage and this adult voice, and am just amazed how well his controls are in both CDs. His boy soprano is slightly lighter and thinner, but still very rich and powerful. This new CD has the exact same colors, and power and richness, but more mature and thicker and so much more solid. His pronunciation of the words has improved so much here too. It is a sheer joy to listen to him. His CDs are my remedy for depression. :-)
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