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Handel: Radamisto


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  • Performer: Joyce DiDonato, Patrizia Ciofi, Maite Beaumont, Dominique LaBelle, Zachary Stains, et al.
  • Orchestra: Il Complesso Barocco
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B000B668ZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ouverture - Il Complesso Barocco
2. Cavatina: Sommi Dei - Patrizia Ciofi
3. Recitativo: Reina, Infausto Avviso - Laura Cherici
4. Aria: Deh, Fuggi Un Traditore - Laura Cherici
5. Recitativo: Ecco L'infido Sposo - Patrizia Ciofi
6. Aria: Tu Vuoi Ch'io Parta? - Patrizia Ciofi
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Recitativo: Sposo, Vien Meno Il Pie - Joyce DiDonato
2. Cavatina: Quando Mai, Spietata Sorte - Maite Beaumont
3. Recitatavo: Oh Crudo Ciel! - Joyce DiDonato
4. Aria: Ombra Cara Di Mia Sposa - Joyce DiDonato
5. Recitativo: Mitiga Il Grave Affanno - Dominique Labelle
6. Aria: Gia Che Morir Non Posso - Maite Beaumont
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Disc: 3
1. Recitativo: Stanco Di Piu Soffrir - Dominique Labelle
2. Aria: S'adopri Il Braccio Armato - Dominique Labelle
3. Recitativo: So Ben Che Nel Mio Amore - Laura Cherici
4. Aria: Con Vana Speranza - Laura Cherici
5. Recitativo: Non Temo, Idolo Mio - Joyce DiDonato
6. Aria: Dolce Bene Di Quest'alma - Joyce DiDonato
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Very simply I think this recording is outstanding.
MattKiwi
This is as fine a cast as I can imagine, all adept at the 'historically informed' vocal gymnastics required for Baroque opera.
Giordano Bruno
One of the best and interesting opera of Handel with exelant interpretation, production and recording.
Smbat Mikaelian

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Carr on November 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are two reasons to buy this recording-Joyce Didonato and Patricia Ciofi. If you have their Handel duet album on Virgin, you will love this. Didonato continues to be a singer of such talent and magnetism (I saw her Rosina to Florez's count in Pesaro last summer) that it is hard to believe that the career is really just now blossoming. Her technique, breath control, legato singing are all traits that one would only wish for in a singer. Conducting and the rest of the cast are also first class. Highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on June 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Radamisto was among Handel's first efforts specifically to cultivate an English audience for Italian "opera seria". It was first performed in London in 1720, with at least some backing from the King, who may well have previewed the score. It's based on a libretto, already set by various composers in Italy, which was in turn based on a theatrical adaptation of a French play. Whoever adapted the story for Handel's purposes had a bit more literary sense than many of the "dear Saxon's" later librettists; the 'action' is well and clearly developed in the extended dramatic recitativos, allowing the da capo arias full freedom to be emotionally expressive without slowing down the exposition.

The story is, in fact, a trifle involuted. Radamisto and Zenobia are faithful lovers. Radamisto's sister, Polissena, is married to Tiridate, the King of Armenia, to whom she is faithful, but Tiridate is obsessed with passion for Zenobia. To make things stickier, Tiridate's brother Fraarte is also in love with Zenobia, while Tiridates' chief general Tigrane is in love with Polissena. Don't fret too much about the details; as I said, the tale becomes clear as the opera is sung. On the whole, this is one of the more tightly-plotted of Handel's operas. Apparently it was clear enough to be successful in London in 1720; it was met with loud applause, performed often, and revived in later years.

It's the two wives who emerge as heroically faithful and courageous, while the men are an unsteady lot. One could interpret the drama coherently by taking it as a parable of the restoration of the tyrant Tiridate's virtue and sanity through the example of fearless devotion set by the other characters.

But hey, it's opera, and it's all about the singing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MattKiwi on May 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Very simply I think this recording is outstanding. The singing is generally fantastic, (with the exeption of a couple of singers who sound rather too modern in training...they don't have the subtlety to move their voices lightly in a baroque melisma), and sometimes exceptional (especially that of Polissena - sung by Patrizia Ciofi). The playing is truly excellent, and the highlights are certainly the ensemble moments. As a lover of Handel and of all things related to baroque opera, I think this is one of the best. There are some incredible arias in this opera.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Protopapas on June 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In the past, I have not been too impressed with Alan Curtis' recordings of Handel operas, but with Radamisto he has definitely hit his stride. Having Joyce DiDonato in the cast doesn't hurt, either. This is a great recording of a somewhat neglected Handel masterpiece, full of wonderful details; there's a relaxed quality to the performance that lets the music breathe and its beauty come out. Past recordings by Curtis, although good (and immensely valuable, as they are part of an attempt to record every Handel opera) were perhaps a bit stiff and forced. The latest batch, Radamisto foremost among them, are much better.
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