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Handel: Rinaldo [Box set]

George Frideric Handel , Christopher Hogwood , The Academy of Ancient Music , Cecilia Bartoli , David Daniels , Bernarda Fink , Gerald Finley , Luba Orgonasova , Daniel Taylor , Bejun Mehta Audio CD
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listen  1. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - OuvertureChristopher Hogwood 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Delle nostre faticheChristopher Hogwood0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Sovra balzeChristopher Hogwood 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Signor, già dal tuo sennoCecilia Bartoli 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Combatti da forteCecilia Bartoli 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Questi saggi consigliDavid Daniels0:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Ogn'indugioDavid Daniels 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Signor, che delle stelleDaniel Taylor0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Sulla ruota di fortunaDaniel Taylor 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Sibilar gli angui d'AlettoGerald Finley 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Goffredo, se t'arriseGerald Finley0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: No, no, che quest'almaChristopher Hogwood 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Infra dubbi di MarteGerald Finley0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Vieni, o caraGerald Finley 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Furie terribiliChristopher Hogwood 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo ed Accompagnato: Come a tempo giungestiGerald Finley 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Molto voglioChristopher Hogwood 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Augellette, che cantateCecilia Bartoli 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Adorato mio sposoDavid Daniels 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Duetto: Scherzano sul tuo voltoDavid Daniels 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Al valor del mio brandoDavid Daniels0:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - PreludeChristopher Hogwood 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Cara sposaDavid Daniels10:24Album Only
listen24. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Ch'insolito stuporeDavid Daniels 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Cor ingratoDavid Daniels 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Io all'ora impugno il brandoDaniel Taylor 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Col valor, colla virtùDaniel Taylor 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Recitativo: Di speranza un bel raggioDavid Daniels0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Venti, turbiniDavid Daniels 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Aria: Siam prossimi!Daniel Taylor 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: A quei sassa bramatoDaniel Taylor0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Per raccor d'AlmirenaChristopher Hogwood0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Aria a 2: Il vostro maggioCatherine Bott 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Qual incognita forzaDaniel Taylor 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Aria: Il Tricerbero umiliatoDavid Daniels 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Signor, strano ardimento!Daniel Taylor0:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Aria: Scorta rea di cieco amoreDaniel Taylor 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Ciò fu indegnaChristopher Hogwood0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Aria: Mio corChristopher Hogwood 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Armida dispietata!Cecilia Bartoli 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Rinaldo, HWV 7a / Act 2 - Aria: Lascia ch'io piangaCecilia Bartoli 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Ah! Sul bel labbro AmoreGerald Finley0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Aria: Basta che sol tu chiedaGerald Finley 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Cingetemi d'alloriChristopher Hogwood0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Perfida, un cor illustreDavid Daniels 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Duetto: Fermati!David Daniels 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Crudel, tu ch'involastiDavid Daniels 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Aria: Abbrucio, avvampo e fremoDavid Daniels 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo accompagnato: Dunque i lacci d'un voltoChristopher Hogwood 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Aria: Ah! Crudel!Christopher Hogwood 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Riprendiam d'AlmirenaChristopher Hogwood0:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Recitativo: Adorata AlmirenaGerald Finley 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2 - Aria: Vo'far guerraChristopher Hogwood 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Quivi par che rubellaDaniel Taylor0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: La causa che vi spingeDaniel Taylor0:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - SinfoniaChristopher Hogwood 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Qui vomita CocitoDaniel Taylor0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Aria e Recitativo: Andate, o fortiChristopher Hogwood 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Mori svenataDavid Daniels0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Nella guardata sogliaCecilia Bartoli 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Aria: Sorge nel pettoChristopher Hogwood 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Al trionfo s'affrettiDavid Daniels0:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Aria: E un incendioDavid Daniels 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Chiuso fra quelle muraGerald Finley0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Per fomentar lo sdegnoGerald Finley 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - MarchChristopher Hogwood0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: In quel bosco si straliGerald Finley0:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Duetto: Al trionfo del nostro furoreGerald Finley 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Di quel strani accidentiDavid Daniels0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Aria: Bel piacereCecilia Bartoli 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Signor, l'oste nemicaCecilia Bartoli 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Aria: Di Sion nell'alta sedeDaniel Taylor 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - MarchChristopher Hogwood0:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Se ciò t'è in grado, O PrenceDavid Daniels0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Aria: Or la trombaDavid Daniels 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Miei fidi, ecco là un campoGerald Finley0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Magnanimi campioniChristopher Hogwood0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Aria: Sola del brandoChristopher Hogwood 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - BattagliaChristopher Hogwood 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Goffredo, ecco il superboDavid Daniels0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Recitativo: Ecco, german, la crudaCecilia Bartoli 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Handel: Rinaldo / Act 3 - Coro: Vinto è sol dalla virtùDaniel Taylor 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli, David Daniels, Bernarda Fink, Gerald Finley, Luba Orgonasova, et al.
  • Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00006YYJ1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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It is instructive to remember that when Handel went to Italy in 1707 to further his studies of composition and to study Italian Opera, that Opera was only a century old. It had begun in Italy in the early seventeenth century and was beginning to spread to other cities and courts in Europe. Opera was still sung in Italian and continued in that language simply because the great singers were Italian and preferred singing in their own language. When the popular arias were published, they were usually done in translation and sold by the ton making the publishers, and sometimes the composers, a great deal of money.

While it is not exactly clear how and why Handel was brought to London, he soon made a name for himself with the smash hit "Rinaldo". This opera is a fantasy or fairy tale based upon the notion of the Crusade to take Jerusalem around 1100 AD as a duty of Christian faith. As in most operas, the plot is quite convoluted in order to provide the maximum opportunity for the various kinds of singing the great singers could provide. One of the interesting features of opera at this time was the notion of two contrasting styles. There was the brilliant singing of great virtuosity and then there was the slower singing of great emotion. Many people were a fan of one style or the other, and many singers specialized in one or the other. It was dazzle them or make them weep. The greatest singers could do both. This opera provides every lead character with opportunities for both styles of singing and says a lot about the quality of singers Handel had at his disposal.

Handel's operas were not sung for a long time because of another feature of Italian opera at this time: the castrati.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handel Handled by Masters Led by a Soaring Daniels November 22, 2004
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This is a magnificent recording with an absolute dream cast. Despite its historical context within the late 11th century battles between the Crusades and the Saracens, Handel's "Rinaldo", written in the early 18th century, is actually a fanciful tale of love, devotion and betrayal populated by kings and warriors, fair maidens and sorcerers. It has all the elements of a great period action movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

You need a real vocal swashbuckler in the title role, and countertenor David Daniels is ideally suited with a rarefied voice that is alternately heroic and romantic. With his stunning coloratura and dramatic intensity, it would be hard to imagine anyone better as the conflicted Christian hero Rinaldo, who can lead an entire army to take Jerusalem but still have trouble taking his true love Almirena away from the hands of evil magicians. Daniels is particularly convincing with the music that reflects his deep love for her, in particular, with Rinaldo's famous lament, "Cara sposa, amante cara, dove sei?". The beauty of his timbre really flows out of him in what seems like an effortless manner, and provides proof positive that his is a special talent. As great as he is here, Daniels actually surpassed this performance two years later in David Alden's audacious update of the opera, staged in Munich in 2001 and luckily captured on DVD two years later (also strongly recommended). While not the most ideal interpreter of Handel, superstar mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli displays her supreme technique as Almirena. Her style is famously full of dramatic fire, but one gets the sense that a more plaintive manner would be more appropriate for such a lovelorn character. I kept thinking she could have been better cast as the sorceress Armida were it as important a role.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Really Does Have Charms to Soothe the Beast October 15, 2008
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This opera recording sounds grand. David Daniels sings the title role with both tenderness and a swagger. Bernarda Fink sings Goffredo, commander of the Christian forces. The incomparable Cecilia Bartoli sings the role of Rinaldo's betrothed -- an Almirena to die for. Daniel Taylor, Gerald Finley, Bejun Mehta, Mark Padmore -- this is a fabulous cast. I wasn't familiar with Luba Orgonasova who sings Armida, Queen of Damascus, but she's completely at home in here. The Academy of Ancient Music plays, Christopher Hogwood conducts.

Even the liner notes are a delight--a complete libretto along with the backgrounds and biography of all the performers. I love this music. I love these singers. I played this opera so much and so often that my dog, recognizing that I was immobile while this was playing, would just sack out. There are some nice "thunder effects" in one section of this. This dog was afraid of thunder but learned to sleep through the "opera thunder". This came in handy during real thunderstorms. I could slip this opera into the CD player and crank it up--my dog was instantly bored and would sleep through fireworks. I would listen to Mr. Handel's glorious music with nature's percussion overhead. Life could hardly get any better than this.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan November 19, 2006
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HIGHLY DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE OF 'RINALDO' ON THIS DISC.

Of George Frederick Handel of England, born Georg Friedrich Handel of Germany, an English critic wrote,"He did bestride our musical world like a Colossus." He was 18 when his Father died, thus allowing him to drop the Law mandated by his father, and turn to music which was his first love. After serving several apprenticeships in various places, including the Hamburg Opera, he went to Italy (1706), and for three years he absorbed Italian music, which powerfully influenced his own writing. It is not known for certain what prompted him to make London his home, but nevertheless, in 1720 he went there, and for 10 years contributed musically to England. And so the international German who wrote like an Italian became a naturalized Englishman in 1726, though he never lost his German accent.

The first opera Handel produced for London, and the first Italian opera specifically composed for London stage- was 'Rinaldo',which opened at the Queen's (later King's) Theatre in the Haymarket on Feb.24,1711. Giocomo Rossi wrote the libretto for 'Rinaldo' loosely based on episodes from Torquato's epic poem 'Gerusalemme liberta', a fantastically elaborated account of the First Crusade(1096-99) in which Tasso describes how Christian forces led by Godfrey of Bouillon captured the city of Jerusalem from Muslim rule. Handel partially ensured the success of the music by drawing much of it from the best works he had written earlier in Italy. There is , however, plenty of freshly composed music in the score as well. Handel, taking advantage of the many skilled instrumentalists available in London, used a wide variety of them to create a wonderful range of orchestral color.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rinaldo a pleasure
The studio recording(s) are crisp and well balanced aurally. The voices are well suited to the demands of the roles.
The orchestral accompaniment is concise and full bodied. Read more
Published 12 months ago by William L. Danek
5.0 out of 5 stars A - 1 PERFORMANCE
This is a great cast and the result is a wonderful performance. Bartoli has not lost her charm. Highly recommended purchase.
Published 19 months ago by Joel Rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars Hogwood Recording of Handel's Rinaldo
This is one of best performances and recordings of Handel's opera Rinaldo. The singers are outstanding, and in particular D. Daniels and C. Bartoli should be noted.
Published on April 14, 2012 by William Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Hogwood and a starry cast in the Baroque groove
Having been uncomplimentary about Christopher Hogwood's forays into the early Classical epoque, I am more than happy to acknowledge his success here in the Fach that suits him and... Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by Ralph Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully sung
I've enjoyed this opera very much, the singing is first rate and the music is of enormeous beauty
The singers chosen here all have distinctive timbres and that makes it easier... Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by Adam Soleil
5.0 out of 5 stars An opera for warriors: Superb! Superb! Superb!
The opera «Rinado» (1711) by Georg Friedrich Händel is a masterwork where the warrior spirit flows along its pages. Read more
Published on September 17, 2010 by Omar Alvarez Pereira
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissenting view - really, aren't there better ears around?
Really cannot agree with other reviewers who raved about this performance.
I think the major drawback is three-fold:
(1) the conducting;
(2) the protagonist Bartoli;... Read more
Published on February 20, 2009 by A. F. S. Mui
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording of Handel's first opera for London
The story of Rinaldo and Armida is not an unfamiliar one to fans of baroque and Classical era opera. Read more
Published on August 14, 2008 by Zaida
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