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Handel - Agrippina / D. Jones, A. Miles, Ragin, Chance, Brown, J. P. Kenny, von Otter, EBS, Gardiner Import

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Disc 1:

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  1. Handel: Agrippina - SinfoniaEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Nerone, amato, figlio!Della Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Col saggio tuo consiglioDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Per cosí grande impresaDella Jones and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - La mia sorte fortunataEnglish Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Or che Pallante è vintoDella Jones and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Volo pronto, e lieto il coreEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Quanto fa, quanto puote...L'alma mia fra le tempesteDella Jones and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Qual piacere a un cor pietoso...Prendi tu ancora, prendi...Ma rassembra tormentosoDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Amici, al sen vi stringoDella Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Voi, che dell'alta Roma...Il tuo figlioDella Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Ma qual di liete trombe...Allegrezza, allegrezza!...Che sento!Alastair Miles and Della Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny and Julian Clarkson and Michael Chance 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Alle tue piante, o AugustaDella Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny and Michael Chance 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Tu ben degnoDella Jones and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - L'ultima del gioir mèta gradita...Lusinghiera mia speranzaEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Vaghe perle, eletti fioriDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Otton, Claudio, NeroneDella Jones and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Julian Clarkson 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - E un foco quel d'amoreDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Ma qui Agrippina vieneDella Jones and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Ho un non so nel corDella Jones and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Cieli, quai strani casi...Fa quanto vuoiDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Non veggo alcunEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Julian Clarkson0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Pur ritorno a rimirarviAlastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Ma, oh ciel, mesta e confusaAlastair Miles and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Vieni, o caraAlastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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  1. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Che mai farò!...E quando mai i frutti...Pur al fin si riandòAlastair Miles and Della Jones and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Julian Clarkson 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Non ho cor che per amartiDella Jones and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Handel: Agrippina / Act 1 - Se Ottone m'ingannò...Se giunge un dispettoDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Dunque noi siam traditi?English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Coronato il crin d'alloro...Roma, più ch'il trionfoDella Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny and Michael Chance 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Ecco il superboDella Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny and Michael Chance 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Di timpani e trombeDella Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny and Julian Clarkson and Michael Chance 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Nelle Britannia vinta...Cade il mondo soggiogatoAlastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Signor, quanto il mio coreAlastair Miles and Della Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny and Michael Chance 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Nulla sperar da me...E tu, Poppea...Tuo ben è 'l trono...Sotto il lauro ch'hai sul crineDella Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny and Julian Clarkson and Michael Chance 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Otton, qual portentoso fulmineEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Voi che udite il mio lamentoEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Bella pur del mio diletto...Il tormento d'OttoneDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Vaghe fonti...Ottone traditore!Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 7:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Ti vo' giusta e non pietosaEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Di quali ordite trameDerek Lee Ragin and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Julian Clarkson 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Pur al fine ti ritrovo!Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Julian Clarkson 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Col peso del tuo amorDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Qual bramato piacere...Quando invita la donna l'amanteDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Pensieri, voi mi tormentate!Della Jones and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 7:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Se ben nemica sorteDella Jones and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Col raggio placidoEnglish Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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  1. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Di giunger non dispero al mio desireDella Jones and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Spererò, poi che mel diceEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Per dar la pace al coreAlastair Miles and Della Jones and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Julian Clarkson 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Basta sol che tu chiedaAlastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Handel: Agrippina / Act 2 - Favorevol la sorte oggi m'arride...Ogni vento ch'al porto lo spingaDella Jones and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Il caro Ottone al precipizio io spinsiDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Tacerò, taceròEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Attendo qui Nerone e Claudio ancoraDerek Lee Ragin and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Coll'ardor del tuo bel coreDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Amico ciel, seconda il mio disegnoAlastair Miles and Derek Lee Ragin and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Julian Clarkson and Michael Chance 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Io di Roma il Giove sonoAlastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Pur al fin se ne andòDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Pur ch'io ti stringa al senEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Piega pur del mio cor...Bel piacerDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Cotanto osò Poppea?Della Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Come nube che fugge dal ventoDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Evvi donna più empia?Alastair Miles and Della Jones and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Adorato mio sposoAlastair Miles and Della Jones and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Se vuoi pace, o volto amatoDella Jones and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Ecco la mia rivaleAlastair Miles and Della Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - Lieto il Tebro increspi l'ondaAlastair Miles and Anne Sofie von Otter and Della Jones and Derek Lee Ragin and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and George Mosley and John Eliot Gardiner and Jonathan Peter Kenny and Julian C 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - D'Otton e di Poppea sul grande innesto...V'accendano le tedeAnne Sofie von Otter and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Handel: Agrippina / Act 3 - BalloEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Della Jones, Alastair Miles, Derek Lee Ragin, Michael Chance, Donna Brown, et al.
  • Conductor: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (April 15, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000041JV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A. Swick on November 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When it comes to recordings of Handel's Agrippina there is admitedly little to choose from. Fortunately the two recodings we have available are excellent and either will give you a fine representation of the score. Ultimately it will come down to which conductor you prefer: Gardiner versus Mcegan. Gardiner seems to favor a more dramatic, and slightly slower approach, to the music. The orchestra really crackles in the fast numbers ("lalma fra le tempeste", etc.) in a way that Mcegans do not. I miss something of Mcegans lightness and finesse at times, but Gardiners dramatic take on the music is undeniably well executed by his forces. The singers are an interesting lot and I mean this in the best way possible. Della Jones flies through Agrippinas spiky coloratura with extraordinary ease and her highly unique true mezzo helps to give the character necessary venom. Her countrerpart on the Mcegan set is the very fine Sally Hayword who sings coloratura as brilliantly as Della Jones and makes up for what she may lack in vocal juice with a keen verbal sense. Donna Brown has a juicier voice than Lisa Safer on the Mcegan set. She sings Poppeas virtuosic music exceedingly well and creates a compelling character. As for Nerone, Derek Lee Ragin frankly sounds uncomfortable with the soprano tessitura of his part (the part lies higher than Agrippinas part) but when coloratura is called for he delivers brilliantly. On the Mcegan set Ottone is sung by the fine Drew Minter and while his slightly chalky voice may not be the most beautiful sound in the world he uses it with such complete musicality and strong sense of Handelian style that it makes up for any vocal shortcomings. Michael Chance sings well as Ottone on the Gardiner set but I find the voice a little colorless and uninteresting.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on May 20, 2006
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"HELL IS EMPTY AND ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE!"
Upon hearing this opera for the first time the above quote from Shakespeare came to mind. This opera encourages the frailties of human nature and amorality to reveal themselves. It contains intimate irony, weighty emotions, all the while accessing humorous comic situations.

On December 26, 1709 'Agrippina',Handel's first dramatic masterpiece, was produced in Venice, the homeland of opera. It was a triumph. The theater echoed to shouts of 'Viva il caro Sassone' and the opera received no less than twenty-seven performances.

Every singer in this opera is first-rate. And imagine having that great duo of countertenors :Michael Chance and Derek Ragin together again as in the opera "Tamerlano". Della Jones, in the role of Agrippina, is nothing short of magnificent,not only in her ability to convey the varied emotions that this role demands, but in her overall vocal skills. She soars effortlessly up and down the various 'break-neck' passages, as do all the singers in this very exciting opera.

In most respects the layout of the score, with its numerous short arias, often accompanied by a continuo alone,capped by a fully scored instrumental coda, follows the practice of the seventeenth century. More significant is Handel's control of the dramatic design. Many of the arias advance the action at the same time as they reveal character.

The story is about Agrippina who was Nero's mother and her manipulations to get him the throne from the emperor Claudius. The situations are full of humour, but for the most part, the characters are motivated by strong, even passionate impulses.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2001
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I'll stay out of the pro/contra countertenor argument- I am by far most impressed with Della Jones and Alastair Miles. They sing their music magnificently, not just with generally impeccable technique but with as much drama as any Verdi opera. No boring stand and sing baroque nonsense with these two. Miles has a big, rich, incisive, gorgeous basso that could sing Verdi, yet has no trouble with the coloratura. Beautiful diction and full understanding in the delivery of his recitative (Donna Brown deserves credit in this area as well).
It is almost needless to say, but Della Jones delivers her usual hgihly involved, totally committed performance with complete conviction. Every word from scheming Agrippina is invested with meaning- when do baroque recitiatives (which can be so tiresome) sound this exciting? Her arias could hardly be better sung, with beautiful line in her slow solos and accuracy at high speed in the fast coloratura. Nothing is tossed off as mere display- she sacrifices tone for dramatic expression, but just a couple of times. A real tour de force for Jones, and more justification for my impulse to buy any recording with her name on it without having to hear it first.
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Some believe that it was the brilliance of this opera that led to Handel being invited to London. Handel was reluctant to write because he didn't see any advantage to doing all that work. However, he was persuaded and set it to a brilliant libretto by Vincenzo Grimani. Apparently the entire opera was written in only a few weeks. Some dispute this because of the quality of the writing, but contemporary testimony and Handel's fast work habits lead others to believe this accomplishment to be true.

Beyond the names, general moral depravity, and a broad historical shape, this is not an historical story. Some see it as simple a comedy of courtly manners, but others see some sly commentary on the War of Succession that was then ongoing. When Charles II died he bequeathed the crown to Phillip V much to the consternation of Leopold I, the Holy Roman Emperor, who wanted to maintain his territory intact. In this opera, Claudius names Otho his successor much to the consternation of Agrippina.

The opera opens when Agrippina receives news that Claudius has died at sea. She seizes the opportunity to advance her son, Nero, to be named Emperor. However, just before he can be crowned, Claudius arrives. He had been saved by Otho and in gratitude named him his successor. Agrippina cannot confront him directly but uses her knowledge of Claudius and his lust for Poppea to spring her trap and it almost works.

Poppea is a beauty who trades on that, but if she cares for anyone it is Otho, but she cannot deny the Emperor. It also turns out that Nero has improper desires for her as well. It is Nero's chasing her that actually undoes Agrippina's plan, but in the end all works out.
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