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Handel: Arianna in Creta, HWV 32 Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ouverture
  2. Sinfonia
  3. Recitativo: Egeo, Mio Genitor
  4. Sinfonia
  5. Recitativo: Qual Presagio Funesto!
  6. Aria: Mirami, Altero In Volto
  7. Recitativo: Non Si Disperi
  8. Aria: Dille, Che Nel Mio Seno Serbo
  9. Recitativo: Pur Siam Soli
  10. Aria: Deh! Lascia Un Tal Desio
  11. Recitativo: Ma, Non E Questi Alceste?
  12. Aria: Nel Pugnar Col Mostro Infido
  13. Recitativo: Ma, Non Si Attenda
  14. Aria: Tal' Or D'Oscuro
  15. Recitativo: Non Piu, Che L'Amor Tuo M'Offende!
  16. Aria: Quel Cor Che Adora
  17. Recitativo: Della Patria E De' Miseri
  18. Aria: Sdegnata Sei Con Me
  19. Recitativo: E Mi Lascio Il Crudele?
  20. Aria: Sdegno, Amore

Disc: 2

  1. Recitativo Accompagnato: Oh Patria! Oh Cittadini!/Larghetto: Sol Ristoro Di Mortali
  2. Reciativo Accompagnato: Disseratevi, O Porte/Larghetto-Allegro: Lo Ti Tengo/Recitativo: Ah! Che Pur Sogno Ancor!
  3. Aria: Salda Quercia In Erta Balza
  4. Recitativo: (Alceste E Qui, Si Tenti)
  5. Aria: Non Ha Diffesa
  6. Recitativo: Il Soccorer Carilda
  7. Aria: So Che Non E Piu Mio
  8. Recitativo: Pensa, Che Di Carilda
  9. Aria: Qual Leon Che Fere Irato
  10. Recitativo: Eh! La Speme L'Inganna
  11. Aria: Narrargli Allor Saprei
  12. Recitativo: Idolo Mio!
  13. Aria: Al' Fine Amore
  14. Recitativo: Fuggiam, Fuggiam!
  15. Aria: Che Se Fiera Poi Mi Nieghi
  16. Recitativo: Numi! E Voi Lo Soffrite!
  17. Aria: Son Qual Stanco Pellegrin
  18. Recitativo: Perdon ti Chiedo
  19. Aria: Se Ti Condanno
  20. Recitativo: Ah! Silenzio Spietato!
  21. Duetto: Bell' Idolo Amato
  22. Recitativo: Quel Crudele Di Me Pieta Non Sente
  23. Aria: Se Nel Bosco Resta Solo

Disc: 3

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Recitativo: Vorrai Dunque, Oh Carilda?
  3. Aria: Un Tenero Pensiero
  4. Recitativo: Questa Sola Speranza
  5. Aria: Par Che Voglia Il Ciel Sereno
  6. Accompagnato: Ove Son? Qual Orrore?
  7. Aria: Qui Ti Sfido, O Mostro Infame
  8. Recitativo: Ho Vinto! Grazie Ai Numi
  9. Aria: Turbato Il Mar Si Vede
  10. Recitativo: Se Il Minotauro Ei Vinse
  11. Aria: In Mar Tempestoso
  12. Recitativo: Di Te In Traccia Ne Vengo
  13. Duetto: Mira Adesso Questo Seno
  14. Recitativo: Meta Del Mio Gior La Piu Gradita
  15. Aria: Bella Sorge La Speranza/Coro: Bella Sorge La Speranza

Product Details

  • Performer: Mata Katsuli, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Irini Karaianni, Marita Paparizou, Theodora Baka, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestra of Patras
  • Conductor: George Petrou
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MD&G Records
  • ASIN: B000E1JOFM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Glidden VINE VOICE on October 20, 2008
I shall depart from my usual review style - which is mostly stylistic evaluation of the singing - to discuss this obscure recording in greater depth.

As I saw this item on the shelf - and not for the first time - I debated the long-deferred purchase. I knew none of the singers - truly a rarity for me - and all the male roles were sung by women. After two decades of counter-tenor advocacy, today I am much more open to feminine interpretations of castrato roles (I credit Nathalie Stutzmann and Sonia Prina for swinging my vote). Furthermore, not only is this the only recording of this Handel opera I have ever seen for sale, but the same company, with mostly the same singers, also gives us the only recording of another Handel opera, another Attic myth, Orestes. Finally, considering their third Handel offfering, Tamerlano, with its Greek inclusion (Andronico), I smiled to realize that this conductor was making a case for specifically Greek incursion into this composer's Greek incursions. At the end of the day, factoring in this recording's excellent natural acoustics (MDG's signature work) and unreasonably reasonable price tag - $20 for 3 CD's (!!!), led me to take the plunge into the darkness framed by ignorance and lack and buy it.

Arianna in Creta (1733-34) was one of the first operas Handel wrote for his company after all of his singers, with the exception of soprano Anna Maria Strada del Po, departed to the rival Opera of the Nobility. Among the replacements was the castrato Carestini, for whom he later created the role of Ariodante (Philippe Jaroussky performs arias from both of these operas on his tribute disk to this singer under Emmanuelle Haïm's baton).
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Nichols on May 25, 2006
Okay. So I'm biased. Handel is my favorite composer. But even if he's not your favorite there are still many reasons to purchase this set of 3 CDs. If you enjoy baroque vocal music. If you enjoy wonderful singing and graceful music. Long, tuneful arias punctuated by brief recitatives. Also the production label for this CD is MDG and the acoustics for their recordings are always top-notch without any sort of soundmodifying manipulation. And how they can produce such a superior recording of 3 CDs for $20 and some change is beyond me. Anyway I'm not a knowledgeable music critic. I just know what I like though I do happen to think I have good taste in music. In my humble opinion music like Handel's is a privileged foretaste of what we will experience in Heaven. That may sound like hyperbole to some but not to those of us who are passionate about baroque music. If you're a seasoned Handel fan you must have this recording. If you're new to the baroque vocal music scene you also must have it. Hurry up and purchase before the good people at MDG come to their senses and double the price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry B. Coons on June 23, 2013
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I've had this CD for a couple of years or more and after many listenings remain fascinated. The CDs by MDG and George Petrou sometimes seem like a repertory company because so many of the roles are by some of my favorite singers (particularly Mary Ellen Nesi),and all that I have heard are very pleasing to me. This CD has the inestimable advantage of a complete libretto in Italian and English. With a little note taking (putting information from the front to the back of the liner notes) it is possible to easily follow the whole thing in detail without having to pay very much attention to exactly where you are. Altogether this is one of my very favorite CDs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kiwimezzo on February 8, 2015
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Absolutely beautiful. The singing of 'Se nei bosco resta solo' sung by Mata Katsuli as Arianna, abandoned at the entrance to the Labyrinth, is heart-rending. Her top notes are exquisite. I have heard this artist performing other works, but none better than this. Superb singing from the rest of the cast and immaculate playing and interpretation from the Orchestra of Patras under the sensitive baton of George Petrou.
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