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Handel: Furore - Mad Scenes From Operas

George Frideric Handel , Christophe Rousset , Les Talens Lyriques , Joyce DiDonato Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Serse (1737): Act III, Scene 11 - Crude Furie (Serse)Joyce DiDonato 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Teseo (1713): Act II, Scene 1 - Dolce RiposoJoyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Teseo (1713): Act II, Scene 6 - Ira, Sdegni, E Furore O Stringero Nel SenJoyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Teseo (1713): Act V, Scene 1 - Moriro, Ma VendicataJoyce DiDonato 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Giulio Cesare (1724). 1 Air De Sesto: Act II, Scene 6 - L'angue Offeso Mai RiposaJoyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques 5:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Admeto (1727), Air D'Admeto: Act I, Scene 1 - Orride LarveJoyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques 7:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hercules (1745), Air De Dejanira: Act I, Scene 2 - There In Myrtle ShadesJoyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Semele (1744), Air De Juno: Act II, Scene 1 - Hence, Iris Hence AwayJoyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Imeneo (1740), Air De Tirinto: Act II, Scene 3 - Sorge Nell'alma MiaJoyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques 5:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ariodante (1734): Act II, Scene 3 - Scherza Infinda (Ariodante)Joyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques10:54Album Only
listen11. Admeto (1727), Air D'Alceste: Act II, Scene 7 - Gelosia, Spietala AlettoJoyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques 4:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Amadigi (1715), 2 Airs De Meliisa: Act II, Scene 10 - Destero Dall' Empia DiteJoyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques 5:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Hercules (1745), Air De Dejanira: Act II, Scene 6 - Cease Ruler Of The Day To RiseJoyce DiDonato/Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Hercules (1745), Air De Dejanira: Act III, Scene 3 - Where Shall I FlyJoyce DiDonato 6:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Joyce DiDonato
  • Orchestra: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (January 13, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B001DZW7SE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Choice for Best Recording of 2008 February 12, 2009
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Few albums in recent times have I anticipated the arrival of more than Joyce DiDonato's Furore - an album of Handel arias that should dispel the myth of baroque boredom for many. I've had to digest it before reviewing it, wanting to absorb its flavor, take a break and return to see how I felt on repeated hearings before just offering a rave. Having done so, here's the expected rave.

DiDonato is one of those artists who seem to have everything in the world going for her. A unique, sexy look (ever reminding me of the young Bette Midler), great sense of style (remember her Nancy Sinatra get-up as she hosted the Met's HD Orfeo offering.
From Teseo she offers Medea's breathtaking yet oddly constructed "Dolce riposo" that, while a little quicker in tempo than I would have liked, manages still to convey the emotions of the title, the brisker tempo allowing for no singerly indulgences or unduly stretching the vocal line out of proportion. This offers a nice constrast a more rubato delivery of the interior recitative sections, returning to the da capo with a hushed intensity, embellishing the line with varying rates of vibrato and volume, the dispatch of perfect trills and a perfect Handelian line. As much as I love the virtuostic pieces (and boy do I), it is in these quieter, introspective numbers that Handel wows me every time and DiDonato knows exactly how to put these types of arias over.

Following the "Dolce riposo" comes one of those very virtuostic arias - the one, in fact, responsible for the title of this delightful disc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excessive 'furore'? May 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Mrs Joyce Di Donata, IMGV, is about the best female operatic singer to emerge in this last decade. She has everything in terms of timbre, technique, musicality, and sensitivity.
However, I cannot give 5 stars to this solo album, which, again IMHV, fails quite flatly to present her artistry in the best possible light for one obvious reason: indiscrimination of choices.
Since the days of Bartoli's Vivaldi Album some decade ago, mezzo-sopranos, countertenors, sopranos, even tenors now, scramble to be succumbed to 'furore' arias, or 'bravura' arias. Fine, they want to showcase their coloratura technique. What those top singers do NOT realise is that, for the listeners, too much of coloraturas is a torture and not a pleasure.
And what I loath totally is the screechy sound of those lovely voices being mercilessly deployed to convey the so-called pathos, hatred, anger, or put simply, 'furore', track AFTER track.
This could hardly be a selling point of an entire album of 60 minutes plus stuff (or thereabouts).
What producers should forthwith realise is that the 'market' is already quite well saturated with such recorded 'furore' repertoire. Avaried programme would serve the artist 100 times better!
It would hardly do any service their star singers if such is being perpetuated further without discrimination.
Despite the performance of Mrs. Di Donato, only 4 stars.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the charts January 21, 2009
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This recording stands out among the best of the best. Ms. DiDonato is absolutely stunning, it is an amazing piece of work that gives me chills. Such a wonderful voice being able to sing such insane women!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Extraordinary Joyce DiDonato July 21, 2009
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Joyce DiDonato is becoming the most talked about and appreciated fresh young Mezzo-soprano on the opera stage. Now with this utterly amazing new recording of Handel opera Mad Scenes her gifts are readily available for all lovers of fine music, whether or not they are blessed with the opportunity to see this artist in action.

Part of DiDonato's allure is her physical presence on the stage: she is beautiful to look at, an exceptional singing actress, and a singer with the ability to communicate even the most complex characters by means of her perfectly disciplined voice ranges as successfully from comedic roles (she is to sing Rosina in 'The Barber of Seville" with Juan Diego Florez and Nathan Gunn this fall in with the Los Angeles Opera) to opera seria - such as the many arias on this recording.

DiDonato's vocal technique is florid yet never does she embellish to the point of making the voice sound strained. The color is amber/gold and as beautiful in the lowest range as it is on the top. This is an extraordinary recording by an extraordinary artist. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, July 09
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Much of a Furious Thing ... December 13, 2010
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... or of a good thing gone overboard. Fourteen straight arias of fury and despair can wear a listener out, even one as devoted to Handel as I am. Moreover, such an overwrought performance can also expose even the slightest weakness in a singer's technique.

Joyce di Donato is a very fine singer, and on this CD she aims to prove it, particularly with her astonishing flurries of arpeggios and ornaments. But here she's rather exaggeratedly singing a whole recital of arias as if she were performing them on stage. Really, to my ears, any of them would be impressive, effective, affective in the context of a staged opera. Some of them would surely knock my socks off, especially since di Donato is also a striking musical actress. Nevertheless, as item after item of an aria recital, di Donato allows her dramatic mode to endanger her musical technique. She gives us too much of her harshest timbres. She colors her notes with vibrato too relentlessly. Worst of all, she lets her furor spoil her tuning altogether too often for a recital, that is, for a purely musical delight to be heard multiple times. Don't believe any reviewer who fails to object to the tuning errors on this CD; on the other hand, if you can't hear them for yourself, count yourself lucky for small favors. The bottom line on this performance is that it's not as good as similar recital recordings by Simone Kermes, Sandrine Piau, Philippe jaroussky, or Emanuel Cencic.

The accompaniment by Les Talens Lyriques, conducted by Christophe Rousset, is so good, so supportive, that it deserves a separate mention. But even so, I can't imagine that I've reach for this CD very often unless my marriage takes a wrong turn.
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