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Handel: Admeto [Box set, Import, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued]

George Frideric Handel , Alan Curtis , Il Complesso Barocco , René Jacobs , James Bowman , Rachel Yakar , Jill Gomez Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster): Overture 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Introduzione 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Recitativo ed arioso: Orride larve! ... Chiudetevi miei muni 6:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Admeto/Orindo: Recitativo: Sire, l'invitto Alcide0:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Ercole/Admeto: Recitativo: A bastanza onorato nella tua Regia fui 1:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Ercole/Admeto: Aria: La Gloria solo 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 3: Orindo/Admeto/Alceste/La Statua (Apollo): Recitativo: Consolati Signor 1:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 3: Orindo/Admeto/Alceste/La Statua (Apollo): Recitativo: Risarnarti non puoi0:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 3: Orindo/Admeto/Alceste/La Statua (Apollo): Recitativo: Stravagante portento!0:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 3: Orindo/Admeto/Alceste/La Statua (Apollo): Aria: Luci care, addio, posate! 5:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 3: Orindo/Admeto/Alceste/La Statua (Apollo): Sinfonia pastorale0:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 4: Antigona/Meraspe: Recitativo: Admeto traditor, iniquo amante 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 4: Antigona/Meraspe: Aria: Spera allor che in mar turbato 8:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 5: Alceste: Recitativo: Non lagrimate o miei seguaci0:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 5: Alceste: Aria: Spera si, mio caro bene 6:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 6: Admeto/Ercole/Voce di dentro/Orindo: Aria: Cangiò d'aspetto il crudo fato 5:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 6: Admeto/Ercole/Voce di dentro/Orindo: Recitativo: Quanto ch'io goda Admeto0:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 7: Orindo/Admeto/Ercole: Recitativo: Oh come spesso o Sire 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 7: Orindo/Admeto/Ercole: Aria: Un lampo è la speranza 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 8: Antigona/Meraspe: Recitativo: Meraspe, ancor della citta non torna 1:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 9: Trasimede/Meraspe/Antigona: Sinfonia 1:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 9: Trasimede/Meraspe/Antigona: Recitativo: Cara Antigona, amata 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 9: Trasimede/Meraspe/Antigona: Aria: Se l'arco avessi, e i strali 6:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 10: Antigona/Meraspe: Recitativo: Non potrà meglio il fato0:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 10: Antigona/Meraspe: Aria: Se'n vola lo sparvier 5:59$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster): Overture 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Ercole/Alceste: Recitativo: In van ti scuoti, in vano0:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Ercole/Alceste: Sinfonia 1:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Ercole/Alceste: Recitativo: Ecco Alceste spezzati i tartarei legami0:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Aria: Quanto godrà allor que mi vedrà 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Antigona/Orindo: Recitativo: E che sperar poss'io0:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Antigona/Orindo: Aria: Bella, non t'adirar 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Trasimede/Antigona/Orindo: Recitativo: Godo, o bella, vederti in questo loco 1:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Aria: Da te più tosto partir vogl'io 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 4: Antigona: Recitativo: Per me si strugge Trasimede, o Dio0:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 4: Antigona: Aria: E per monti, e per piano, e per selve 6:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 5: Orindo/Admeto: Recitativo: Sire; da che bramasti 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 5: Orindo/Admeto: Aria: Sparite, o pensieri 5:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 6: Antigona/Meraspe/Admeto/Trasimede: Recitativo: Ecco chi tanto adoro 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Aria: Da tanti affanni oppressa 7:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 7: Ercole/Alceste: Recitativo: A qual fine, o Regina 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Aria: Gelosia spietata Aletto 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 8: Admeto: Recitativo: Quivi tra questi solitarii orrori 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Aria: Ah, si morrò 5:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 9: Antigona/Trasimede: Recitativo: Lasciatemi, o felloni0:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 10: Trasimede: Recitativo: Questo dunque è il ritratto0:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Aria: Chi è nato alle sventure 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 11: Antigona/Alceste: Recitativo: Il ritratto d'Admeto ha nel corso 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 11: Antigona/Alceste: Aria: La sorte mia vacilla 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 12: Alceste: Recitativo: Quest' è dunque la fede0:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 12: Alceste: Aria: Vedrò fra poco 5:11$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 1: Admeto/Meraspe/Orindo: Arioso: A languir ed a penar 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 1: Admeto/Meraspe/Orindo: Recitativo: Ah! Sire, imploro alle pianti reali 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 1: Admeto/Meraspe/Orindo: Aria: Signor, lo credi a me 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 2: Admeto: Recitativo: Amor, qual nuova fiamma mi risvegli nel core0:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 2: Admeto: Aria: La tigre arde di sdegno 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 3: Ercole/Admeto: Recitativo: Dalla Reggia dell'ombre 1:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 3: Ercole/Admeto: Aria: Amor è un tiranno 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 4: Antigona/Alceste: Recitativo: Oh Dio! Non formo passo che in contemplar 1:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 5: Orindo/Alceste/Antigona : Recitativo: Olà, soldati!0:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 5: Orindo/Alceste/Antigona : Aria: Io to bacio, o bella immago 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 6: Ercole/Orindo/Alceste: Recitativo: Che veggio, o ciel, che veggio? 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 6: Ercole/Orindo/Alceste: Aria: Là dove gli occhi io giro 5:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 7: Meraspe/Trasimede/Antigona: Recitativo: Prende, meco gioisci 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 7: Meraspe/Trasimede/Antigona: Aria: E che ci possi far 5:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 7: Trasimede: Recitativo: Mie speranze abbattute0:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 7: Trasimede: Aria: Armati, o core 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Recitativo: Ma giunge il Re0:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 8: Admeto/Alceste/Antigona/Trasimede: Recitativo: Vieni, Antigona mia, deh vieni0:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 8: Admeto/Alceste/Antigona/Trasimede: Duetto e recitativo: Alma mia, dolce ristoro 5:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 9: Orindo/Admeto/Antigona/Alceste: Recitativo: Signore0:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 10: Ercole/Alceste/Admeto/Trasimede/Antigona: Recitativo: Opportuno qui giungo 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 10: Ercole/Alceste/Admeto/Trasimede/Antigona: Aria: Sì, caro, caro, sì 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 10: Ercole/Alceste/Admeto/Trasimede/Antigona: Recitativo: Ad Alceste la vita, a te l'onore0:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 3, Scene 10: Ercole/Alceste/Admeto/Trasimede/Antigona: Coro: Se un core è contento 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: René Jacobs, James Bowman, Rachel Yakar, Jill Gomez
  • Orchestra: Il Complesso Barocco
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (December 23, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Virgin Veritas
  • ASIN: B000009OR3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Admeto is the story of Alcestis, a character also used in an opera by Gluck. The story begins as a variant of the familiar Orpheus legend, but with a different spin: King Admetus of Thessaly is the victim of a fatal illness and an oracle tells him that he can recover only if someone close to him volunteers to die in his place. His devoted wife Alcestis does so; Admetus is cured and, when he learns what has happened, asks his friend Hercules to rescue Alcestis from Hades. He does so in a musically spectacular scene, after which the classic tale disintegrates into a typical baroque plot of complicated, conflicting loves, misunderstandings, and concealed or mistaken identities, as cliché-ridden as car chases in adventure movies today. But the absurd plot gives Handel material for some superbly lyric and dramatic music, and this cast of baroque experts, with an orchestra of period instruments, brings out all of the music's beauty and power. --Joe McLellan

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The Admeto performance preserves the style of the 1970's, when strings playing in 18th-century style tended to sound raw, tempos could be unyielding and singers were inclined to emote. -- The New York Times

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coountertenor to conductor - a good move September 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Admeto is a most interesting opera from Handel's maturity. The recording by Alan Curtis has many fine points and features a generally strong cast of singers from the early years of recording baroque operas with period instruments. Only one thing makes it less than a pleasure to listen to. That is the singing of the title role by Rene Jacob. Unfortunately he is at his hootiest, slipping and sliding about with a featherweight tone that defies description. Since this is the only recording this piece has recieved, I hope that someone will give us another chance at this fine work. It is generally accepted that Handel himself was not overly fond of the male falsetists and used them only when he had to. They are not castrati and should not be used when a great female voice in the same range is available. This is not to denigrate the work of the current crop of quite good countertenors, however. David Daniels can sing anything he wants to and I will listen.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-recorded 70's revival of 1727 Handel spectacular November 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Alan Curtis and his ensemble Il Complesso Barocco are counted today among the leading Italian proponents of historical performance practice, but this re-issue of one of Handel's most successful Italian operas was recorded in Haarlem in the Netherlands in 1977, and the musicians are, for the most part, Dutch or Belgian, many of the names being familiar from 70's and 80's recordings for labels such as Seon and Harmonia Mundi France: Lucy van Dael, Alda Stuurop, Staas Swierstra, Wouter Möller, Bruce Haynes, Danny Bond, Ab Koster, Bob van Asperen ? those are just a few of the illustrious names in the instrumental ensemble on these three Cds. It is hardly surprising that in his notes on the performance Alan Curtis states that he was proud to have assembled such a troop.

But this is opera, and of course it is the singers who are in the forefront. Things have changed quite a lot since 1977, and today this dramatic work would demand very different voices from what the pioneers of historical performance practice had available to them. In general, Handel's Italian texts are sung a lot faster today, and Curtis has his singers declaiming perhaps somewhat too deliberately (although this makes it easy to follow the text). The title figure, Admeto, is here sung by falsettist René Jacobs, whose somewhat unnatural timbre can hardly be compared with that of the castrato Senesino who originally sang this role in 1727. (Alan Curtis admits as much in his notes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Many of us have only discovered in the last four or five years that Alan Curtis is the best Handel conductor of our times, but this recording, believe it or not, dates from 1977-78. As soon as one hears the overture, one knows one is in the presence of a master of Handelian music. This prophetic recording is now available in Virgin Classics' new boxed set of "Six Operas" of Handel for this Handel commemorative year, many of which are now out of print, and all of which are first-rate recordings indeed by the great Alan Curtis and his Il Complesso Barocco. Even when the soloist is not absolutely the best (like Rene Jacobs, who sings Admeto in this recording, but who later found his true calling as a great Baroque conductor), just listen to the instrumental "accompaniment" by Il Complesso Barocco, and you will never feel you are wasting a second of your time. The other soloists are absolutely first-rate, and several of them achieved "historic" performances with this recording, in view of the fact that they seem to be not much heard of later (at least to this latter-day fan of Baroque music).
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