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Handel - Serse / von Otter, Norberg-Schulz, Piau, Zazzo, Tro Santafe, G. Furlanetto, Abete, Les Arts Florissants, Christie Live


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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Serse: OvertureWilliam Christie/Choeurs Et Orchestre Des Arts Florissants 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Serse, Act 1, Scene I: No 1a Accompagnato - Frondi tenere (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Serse, Act 1, Scene I: No 1b Arioso - Ombra mai fu (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: Recitativo - Siam giunti, Elviro (Arsamene/Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo/Antonio Abete0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: No 2 Sinfonia e Recitativo - Sento un soave concento (Arsamene/Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo/Antonio Abete 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: No 3 Arioso e Recitativo - O voi che penate (Romilda/Arsamene/Elviro/Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Lawrence Zazzo/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz/Antonio Abete 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: Recitativo - Arsamene (Serse/Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Lawrence Zazzo0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: No 4 Aria - Và godendo vezzoso e bello (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: Recitativo - Quel canto a un bel amor (Serse/Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Lawrence Zazzo 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: No 5 Aria - Io diro che l'amo (Serse) Tu le dirai che l'ami (Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Lawrence Zazzo 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Serse, Act 1, Scene IV: Recitativo - Arsamene (Romilda/Arsamene/Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Lawrence Zazzo/Sandrine Piau 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Serse, Act 1, Scene IV: No 6 Aria - Si, si...mio ben (Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sandrine Piau 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Serse, Act 1, Scene IV: Recitativo - Presto, Signor (Elviro/Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo/Antonio Abete0:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Serse, Act 1, Scene V: Recitativo - Come, qui Principessa (Serse/Romilda/Arsamene/Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Lawrence Zazzo/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz/Antonio Abete 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Serse, Act 1, Scene V: No 7 Aria - Meglio in voi col mio partire (Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Serse, Act 1, Scene VI: Recitativo - Bellissima Romilda (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Serse, Act 1, Scene VI: No 8 Aria - Di tacere e di schernirmi (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Serse, Act 1, Scene VII: Recitativo - Apside sono (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz0:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Serse, Act 1, Scene VII: No 9 Aria - Nè men con l'ombre (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Serse, Act 1, Scene VIII: No 10 Aria - Se Cangio Spoglia, Non Cangio Core (Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Serse, Act 1, Scene IX: Recitativo - Pugnammo, amici (Ariodate/Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé/Giovanni Furlanetto0:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Serse, Act 1, Scene IX: No 11a - Già la tromba, che chiamo (Coro dei soldati)William Christie/Choeurs Et Orchestre Des Arts Florissants0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Serse, Act 1, Scene X: Recitativo - Ecco Serse, o che volto (Amastre/Serse/Ariodate)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Sylvia Tro Santafé/Giovanni Furlanetto0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Serse, Act 1, Scene X: No 12 Aria - Soggetto al mio volere (Ariodate)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Giovanni Furlanetto 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Serse, Act 1, Scene X: No 11b - Già la tromba, che chiamo (Coro dei soldati)William Christie/Choeurs Et Orchestre Des Arts Florissants0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Serse, Act 1, Scene XI: Recitativo - Queste vittorie, io credo (Serse/Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Sylvia Tro Santafé 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Serse, Act 1, Scene XI: No 13 Aria - Più che penso alle fiamme (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Serse, Act 1, Scene XII: Recitativo - Eccoti il foglio, Elviro (Arsamene/Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo/Antonio Abete0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Serse, Act 1, Scene XII: No 14 Arietta - Signor, signor, lasciate far a me (Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Antonio Abete0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Serse, Act 1, Scene XII: No 15 Aria - Non so se sia la speme (Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Serse, Act 1, Scene XIII: Recitativo - Tradir Di Reggia SposaWilliam Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Serse, Act 1, Scene XIII: No 16 Aria - Saprà Delle Mie Offese (Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Serse, Act 1, Scene XIV: Recitativo - Al fin sarete sposa (atalanta/Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz/Sandrine Piau 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Serse, Act 1, Scene XIV: No 17 Aria - Se l'idol mio (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Serse, Act 1, Scene XV: Recitativo - Per rapir quel tesoro (Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sandrine Piau0:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen36. Serse, Act 1, Scene XV: No 18 Aria - Un cenno leggiadretto (Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sandrine Piau 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Serse, Act 2, Scene I: No 19 Arioso - Speranze mie fermate (Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Serse, Act 2, Scene I: No 20 Arietta - Ah! Chi voler fiora (Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Antonio Abete0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Serse, Act 2, Scene I: Recitativo - E chi direbbe mai (Elviro/Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé/Antonio Abete 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Serse, Act 2, Scene I: No 21 Aria - Or che siete speranze tradite (Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Serse, Act 2, Scene II: Recitativo - Quel curioso è partito (Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Antonio Abete0:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Serse, Act 2, Scene II: No 22 Arioso - A piangere ogn'ora Amor mi destina (Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sandrine Piau 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Serse, Act 2, Scene II: No 23 Arietta - Ah! Tigre infedele (Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Antonio Abete0:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Serse, Act 2, Scene II: Recitativo - Parti: il Rè s'aviccina (Atalanta/Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sandrine Piau/Antonio Abete0:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Serse, Act 2, Scene III: Recitativo - Con questo foglia (Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sandrine Piau0:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Serse, Act 2, Scene III: No 24 Arioso - E tormento troppo fiero (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Serse, Act 2, Scene III: Recitativo - Di quel foglio, Atalanta (Serse/Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Sandrine Piau 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Serse, Act 2, Scene III: No 25a Aria - Dirà che amor per me (Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sandrine Piau 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Serse, Act 2, Scene III: Recitativo - Voi quel folgio lasciate (Serse/Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Sandrine Piau0:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Serse, Act 2, Scene III: No 25b Aria - Dirà che no m'amo (Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sandrine Piau 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Serse, Act 2, Scene IV: Recitativo - Ingannata Romilda (Serse/Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Serse, Act 2, Scene IV: No 26 Duetto - L'amerete? (Serse) L'amero (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Serse, Act 2, Scene IV: No 27 Aria - Se brameate d'amar, chi vi sdegna (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Serse, Act 2, Scene V: No 28a Accompagnato - L'amero? non fia vero (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Serse, Act 2, Scene V: No 28b Aria - E gelosia quella tiranna (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Serse, Act 2, Scene VI: Recitativo - Già che il duol m'uccide (Amastre?Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé/Antonio Abete0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Serse, Act 2, Scene VI: No 29 Aria - Anima infida, tradita io sono (Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Serse, Act 2, Scene VII: Recitativo - E pazzo affè (Elviro/Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo/Antonio Abete0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Serse, Act 2, Scene VII: No 30 Aria - Quella tutta fè (Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Serse, Act 2, Scene VIII: No 31 - La Virtute Sol Potea (Coro Di Marinari)William Christie/Choeurs Et Orchestre Des Arts Florissants0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Serse, Act 2, Scene VIII: Recitativo - Ariodate! (Serse/Ariodate)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Giovanni Furlanetto0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Serse, Act 2, Scene IX: No 32 Arioso - Per dar fine alla pena (Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Serse, Act 2, Scene IX: Recitativo - Arsamene, ove andate? (Serse/Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Lawrence Zazzo 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Serse, Act 2, Scene IX: No 33 Aria - Si, la voglio e la ottero (Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Serse, Act 2, Scene X: Recitativo - V'inchino, eccelso Rè (Atalanta/Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Sandrine Piau0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Serse, Act 2, Scene X: No 34 Aria - Voi mi dite che non l'ami (Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sandrine Piau 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Serse, Act 2, Scene X: Recitativo - Saria lieve ogni dolia (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter0:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Serse, Act 2, Scene X: No 35 Aria - Il core spera a teme (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Serse, Act 2, Scene XI: Recitativo - Me infelice (Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Antonio Abete0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Serse, Act 2, Scene XI: No 36 Arietta - Del mio caro baco amabile (Elviro)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Antonio Abete 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Serse, Act 2, Scene XII: No 37 Duetto - Gran pena è gelosia (Serse) - Lo sà il mio cor piangato (Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Sylvia Tro Santafé 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen36. Serse, Act 2, Scene XII: Recitativo - Aspra sorte! (Serse/Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Sylvia Tro Santafé0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen37. Serse, Act 2, Scene XIII: Recitativo - Romilda, E Sarà Ver (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter0:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen38. Serse, Act 2, Scene XIII: No 38 Arietta - Val Più Contento Core (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen39. Serse, Act 2, Scene XIII: Recitativo - Vuo Ch'Abbian Fine (Serse/Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen40. Serse, Act 2, Scene XIV: Recitativo - La fortuna, la vita (Amastre/Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen41. Serse, Act 2, Scene XIV: No 39 Aria - Chi cede al furore (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Serse, Act 3: SinfoniaWilliam Christie/Choeurs Et Orchestre Des Arts Florissants 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Serse, Act 3, Scene I: Recitativo - Sono vani e pretesti (Arsamene/Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz0:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Serse, Act 3, Scene II: Recitativo - Ahi! Scoperto è l'inganno! (Atalanta/Elviro/Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo/Sandrine Piau/Antonio Abete 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Serse, Act 3, Scene II: No 41 Arietta - No, no, se tu mi sprezzi (Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sandrine Piau 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Serse, Act 3, Scene III: Recitativo - Ecco in segno di fè (Romilda/Elviro/Arsamene/Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Lawrence Zazzo/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz/Antonio Abete 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Serse, Act 3, Scene III: No 42 Aria - Per rendermi beato (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Serse, Act 3, Scene IV: Recitativo - Ubbidiro al mio Rè (Arsamene/Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Serse, Act 3, Scene IV: No 43 Aria - Amor, tiranno Amor (Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Serse, Act 3, Scene V: Recitativo - Come già vi accennammo (Serse/Ariodate)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Giovanni Furlanetto0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Serse, Act 3, Scene V: No 44 Aria - Del Ciel d'amore sorte si bella (Ariodate)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Giovanni Furlanetto 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Serse, Act 3, Scene VI: Recitativo - Il suo serto rifuto (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz0:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Serse, Act 3, Scene VII: Recitativo - Fermatevi, mia SposaWilliam Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Lawrence Zazzo/Sylvia Tro Santafé/Giovanni Furlanetto/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz/Sandrine Piau/Antonio Abete 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Serse, Act 3, Scene VIII: Recitativo - Prode Guerrier (Romilda/Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Serse, Act 3, Scene VIII: No 45 Aria - Cagion Son Io Del Mio Dolore (Amastre)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Sylvia Tro Santafé 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Serse, Act 3, Scene IX: Recitativo - Romilda infida (Arsamene/Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz0:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Serse, Act 3, Scene IX: No 46 Duetto - Troppo inganni la mia fede (Arsamene)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Serse, Act 3, Scene X: No 47a - Cio che Giove destino (Coro di ministri)William Christie/Choeurs Et Orchestre Des Arts Florissants0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Serse, Act 3, Scene X: Recitativo - Ecco lo sposo! (Ariodate/Arsamene/Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Lawrence Zazzo/Giovanni Furlanetto/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Serse, Act 3, Scene X: No 47b - Chi infelice si trovo (Coro di ministri)William Christie/Choeurs Et Orchestre Des Arts Florissants0:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Serse, Act 3, Scene XI: Recitativo - Sene viene Ariodate (Serse/Ariodate)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Giovanni Furlanetto 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Serse, Act 3, Scene XI: No 48 Aria - Crude furie degl'orridi abissi (Serse)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Serse, Act 3, Finale: Recitativo - Pefidi! e ancor osate (Serse/Ariodate/Arsamene/Romilda/Amastre/Elviro/Atalanta)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Anne Sofie von Otter/Lawrence Zazzo/Sylvia Tro Santafé/Giovanni Furlanetto/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz/Sandrine Piau/Antonio Abete 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Serse, Act 3, Finale: No 49 Aria - Caro voi siete all'alma (Romilda)William Christie/Choeurs et Orchestre des Arts Florissants/Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Serse, Act 3, Finale: No 50 - Ritorno a noi la calma (Coro)William Christie/Choeurs Et Orchestre Des Arts Florissants 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, Sandrine Piau, Lawrence Zazzo, Silvia Tro Santafé, Giovanni Furlanetto, et al.
  • Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie, Anne Sofie von Otter
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (November 2, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Virgin vertias (EMI Classics)
  • ASIN: B0002TB6L6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Handel's Serse is mostly known today for (what is known as) its famous "Largo," (the aria "Ombra mai fu") which opens the opera and is a love song to a tree sung by our whimsical, bratty king Serse. The opera concerns Serse's falling in love with his brother Arsamene's fiancée Romilda immediately after hearing her sing--as well as the fact that Romilda's sister Atalanta loves Arsamene, and that Princess Amastre, who has been jilted by Serse, wanders through the opera dressed as a man wanting revenge against Serse. Throw a comic character, Arsamene's servant Elvino, and the pompous Ariodate (Romilda's and Atalanta's father) into the mix, and you've got a wry-but-moving tale. It's brightly performed here by the spectacular Anne Sofie von Otter in the title role, mezzo Silvia Tro Santafé a nicely offended Amastre; bass Anonio Abete brilliant as the wacky Elvino; and, most gloriously, countertenor Lawrence Zazzo as Arsamene. Not counting some mediocre singing by our Romilda, the others in the cast are worthy, and William Christie leads his grand band, Les Arts Florissants, in a lively, naturally paced, bristling-with-drama show. A fine performance of a great opera. --Robert Levine

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Luis Juarez Echenique on January 5, 2005
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Anne Sofie von Otter launches splendidly this performance with one of the loveliest "Ombra mai fu" ever recorded. She is so good in the title role that even the excellent Carolyn Watkinson in the old CBS version is put in the shade; but there is much else that is wonderful here, Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz and especially Sandrine Piau sing like angels, and watch out for Lawrence Zazzo, one of the most promising young countertenors around, they all are ideal in their roles, giving characterful and lively performances. But it is the great William Christie and his matchless musicians who deserve the highest praise, they turn Serse which in the wrong hands can sound less than inspired, into a very beautiful score. The Malgoire recording is nowhere as well played, and the McGegan recording is nowhere as well sung.

This gets my vote as the best opera recording of 2004, followed closely by Alan Curtis Deidamia (Virgin)and Lotario (DHM). Handel was very lucky this year.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. H. Fitzsimmons on October 12, 2005
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The competition for this recording is not exactly stiff. Malgoire's 1970s effort is a worthy complete recording with some superb singing from Carolyn Watkinson in the title role, though some less than distinguished singing from others. McGegan's recording had a ham-like David Thomas as Elviro, perhaps going a little further than taste demanded, and Judith Malafronte as a rather non-descript Serse.

This new recording from William Christie and Les Arts Florissants is a joy to savour and, although the booklet says it is a live recording, there is thankfully little off-stage interruption/noise, and few indications of audience participation unlike the recent Dynamic recording of Vivaldi's Rosmira Fedele, or even the Munich Serse on Farao.

The orchestral playing of Les Arts Florissants is impeccable, though Christie has not resisted temptation in beefing up the sting lines with anachronistic recorder lines. At least he avoided doubling everything with a chamber organ (Rene Jacobs take note). Christie has not always made the transition into Handel that easily - his Orlando was received in a lukewarm fashion I believe - but his sure touch is evident here in judiciously chosen tempi and his dramatic flare at just about all the right places.

As far as the singers go: Larry Zazzo is utterly convincing as Arsamene - heroic in Si la voglio, and a pathetic but still virile lover in some of Arsamene's more limpid music. His diction is superb, as is his sense of dramatic awareness - perhaps easier to put across here in a live performance. Antonio Abete is thankfully not a Ham as Elviro, although perhaps his descent into falsetto in the opening to Act 2 will wear after repeated listening.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Leila on November 23, 2004
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I cannot compare with any other recording of this opera, since this is the first time I have heard it complete. I bought this because Von Otter is, for me, a guarantee of a good recording, good performance AND good acting. I must say this recording is better than I expected. You may not like live performances, but there's where you can tell if a singer is good or not or if you like him/her or not, better than in any studio recording.

I have two other Handel's operas with Von Otter in the cast, and they are superb and I highly recommend this trio : Serse, Giulio Cesare and Hercules.

Being a fan of Handel, I do hope Mr.Marc Minkowsky and Mr.William Christie keep up the good job of bringing back to life ALL Handel's operas with such good casts.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vitis Arbiter on August 30, 2005
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The benchmark recording for this opera is the Maureen Forrester recording on Westminster, unfortunately not available in CD as yet. Anne Sofie von Otter is very good as Serse and Elizabeth Norberg-Shultz is also very good as Romilda. But are they the equal of Mareen Forrester and the uniquely-voiced Lucia Popp. Perhaps the one clear difference in the two performances is the use of a counter-tenor vice mezzo-soprano for the role of Arsamene, Serse's brother. It show in the great duet, "Alma fiera" in the third act where the counter-tenor lacks the vocal fireworks to make this duet really rock. Clearly this is best Serse currently available on CD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. DEGEORGE VINE VOICE on December 17, 2007
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On the whole this recording of Serse is elegant, committed, stylish, and a delight. Von Otter performs the "Ombra mai fu" with touching sensitivity. I can only surmise that the weakness of her performance of "Crude Furie," near the end of the opera, may have simply been a matter of tiring out before the end of a live performance.

Paula Rasmussen, in another live performance, available on DVD (Handel - Serse / Rasmussen, Piau, Bayrakdarian, Bardon, Hallenberg, Peirone, Lippi, Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Dresden Opera), brings all the energy and fire to "Crude Furie" that von Otter lacked. If you want drama, that performance is to be preferred over this CD.

Yet, this Arts Florissants CD has so many wonderfully musical sections that I highly recommend it as a companion to the above-mentioned DVD.

For the benefit of those who, like me, acquired their love of Handel at a time before "authentic," or period-instrument performances became the standard, I can add that William Christie downplays the most annoying of the mannerisms that musicologists believe to have been a part of Baroque practice. (To a fair degree, Christie avoids the trap of making every phrase rigidly obey a particular, presumably historically mandated, shape, a practice that makes me seasick after a while. Instead, he takes the more musical and creative approach of varying the phrasing a bit.) I still wouldn't mind having a recording that had the gravitas of an "incorrect" mid-to-late twentieth-century performance, but my "gravitas" is a younger person's "stodginess"; so I am content with this very musical performance, as well as the slightly more extroverted one on the Dresden Opera DVD.
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