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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi: OvertureSophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi: MenuetSophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 1: Aria: Ho perduto il caro sposa (Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 1: Recitativo: Regina! (Grimoaldo/Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 1: Aria: L'empio rigor del fato (Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 2 & 3: Recitativo: Duca, vedesti mai più bel disprezzo? (Grimoaldo/Garibaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 2 & 3: Aria: Io già t'amai, ritrosa (Grimoaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 4: Recitativo: E tu dice d'amarmi? (Eduige/Garibaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 4: Aria: Lo farò, diro spietato (Eduige)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 5: Recitativo: Eduige, t'inganni (Garibaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 5: Aria: Di Cupido impiego i vanni (Garibaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 6: Sinfonia e recitativo: Pompe vanne di morte! (Bertarido)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 6: Aria: Dove sei, amato bene? (Bertarido)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 6: Recitativo: Ma giunge Unulfo (Bertarido/Unulfo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 7: Aria e recitativo: Ombre piante, urne funeste! (Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 8: Recitativo: Baci inutili e vanni (Garibaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 8: Aria: Morrai, sì, l'empia tua testa (Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 9: Recitativo: Unulfo, oh Dio! (Bertarido/Unulfo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 9: Aria: Ah, signor, ti confesso (Unulfo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 10: Recitativo: Sì, l'infida consorte (Bertarido)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT I, Scene 10: Aria: Confusa si miri l'infida consorte (Bertarido)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 1 & 2: Recitativo: Già perdesti, oh signora (Garibaldo/Eduige/Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 1 & 2: Aria: De' miei scherni per far le vendetteSophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 3: Recitativo: Rodelinda, è pur ver? (Grimoaldo/Rodelinda/Unulfo/Garibaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 3: Aria: Spietati, io vi giurai (Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 4: Recitativo: Unulfo, Garibaldo, in questo seno (Grimoaldo/Unulfo/Garibaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 4: Aria: Prigioniera hò l'alma in pena (Grimoaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 4: Recitativo: Massime così indegne (Unulfo/Garibaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 4: Aria: Tirannia gli diede il regno (Garibaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 4: Recitativo: Sì, sì, fellon, t'intendo e non m'inganno (Unulfo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 4: Aria: Fra tempeste funeste e quest'alma (Unulfo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 5: Aria: Con rauco mormorio (Bertarido/Eduige)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 6:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 5: Recitativo: Ah, no; che non m'inganna la voce (Eduige/Bertarido/Unulfo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 6: Recitativo: Vive il mio sposo? (Rodelinda/Unulfo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 6: Aria: Ritorna, oh caro e dolce mio resoro (Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 7: Recitativo: Ah, sì, ecco lo sposo (Rodelinda/Bertarido/Grimoaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 7: Aria: Tuo drudo è mio rivale (Grimoaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 7: Recitativo: Non ti bastò, consorte (Rodelinda/Bertarido)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT II, Scene 7: Duetto: Io t'abbraccio (Rodelinda/Bertarido)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 7:06$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 1: Recitativo: Del german nel periglio (Eduige/Unulfo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 1: Aria: Un zeffiro spirò (Unulfo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 1: Recitativo: Con opra giusta (Eduige)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 1: Aria: Quanto più fiera tempesta freme (Eduige)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 2: Recitativo: O falso è Bertarido (Garibaldo/Grimoaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 2: Aria: Tra sospetti, affetti, et timori (Grimoaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 3: Aria: Chi di voi fù più infedele (Bertarido)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 3: Recitativo: Ma non sò che dal remoto balcon (Bertarido/Unulfo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 4: Recitativo: Non temere, Signore! Germano! (Eduige/Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 4: Aria: Se'l mio duol non è si forte (Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 5: Recitativo: Fatto inferno è il mio petto (Grimoaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 5: Aria: Pastorello d'un povero armento (Grimaldo)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scenes 6 & 7: Recitativo: Che miro? (Garibaldo/Grimoaldo/Bertarido/Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scenes 6 & 7: Aria: Vivi, tiranno! (Bertarido)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 8: Recitativo: Ecco ti innanzi il reo (Unulfo/Eduige/Grimoaldo/Bertarido/Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 8: Aria: Mio caro bene! (Rodelinda)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 8: Recitativo: Sposa, figlio, sorella, amici, oh Dio! (Bertarido)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Rodelinda, Regina dei Longobardi, ACT III, Scene 8: Coro: Doppo la notte oscura (tutti senza Bertarido)Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Sophie Daneman, Daniel Taylor, Adrian Thompson, Catherine Robbin, Robin Blaze, et al.
  • Orchestra: Raglan Baroque Players
  • Conductor: Nicholas Kraemer
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (December 23, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Virgin Veritas (EMI)
  • ASIN: B000007TKL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rodelinda may be standard-issue opera seria--da capo (ABA-form) arias linked by a plain recitative dramatizing a convoluted plot--but it's among the most compelling works of its kind. Nicholas Kraemer's performance doesn't have all the energy or vocal opulence one might want, but it's certainly the most prettily-sung and stylish Rodelinda available. In the title role, Sophie Daneman's every note is beautiful; her light soprano can't convey fury, but her laments and love songs are exquisite. Both castrato roles are taken by falsettists: Robin Blaze does well as faithful friend Unulfo; Daniel Taylor sings the male lead--deposed king Bertarido--sensitively, but one misses (especially in the bravura aria "Vivi tiranno") the vocal substance a female mezzo using chest voice would provide. Tenor Adrian Thompson, as villain-with-a-conscience Grimoaldo, occasionally struggles with fast passages but makes the most of an emotionally complex role; mezzo Catherine Robbin and bass Chrstopher Purves sing and act their parts with ease and assurance. --Matthew Westphal

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In Rodelinda the orchestral sound is gentler on the ear, the emphasis in the playing is more on detail--a luscious harmonic shift, a vital motif.... -- The New York Times

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By gks5q@virginia.edu on August 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a top-notch recording. The three high voices (Daneman, Taylor & Blaze) are absolutely magnificent. They sing with lightness and elegance that, to me, only add to, rather than detract from, the dramatic import of their roles. Amazon's in-house review, incomprehensibly, wishes for a female mezzo in the role of Bertarido, presumably for the sake of some hypothetical benefits the female chest register may provide. It is especially surprising to see a comment like that coming from a self-described baroque "purist" Matthew Westphal. I am firmly convinced that baroque castrato roles should always be taken by countertenors. And when the countertenors are as good as Taylor and Blaze, who can, in good conscience, complain? Daniel Taylor was a real discovery for me. I knew he existed, but I never before heard him sing. I was really thrilled to hear that he sounds like a new David Cordier, only better because Taylor's voice is not only divinely pure but is also more smooth and supple than Cordier's. Robin Blaze as Unulfo only confirmed my impression of him as the finest countertenor of his generation. I would compare him to Dominique Visse, but without Visse's distinctive "snarl" that puts off many people. Sophie Daneman is my kind of soprano, her voice is airy and focused like a piccolo. All three of these soloists show mastery of Handel's music, delivering well-measured emphases in place of bravado which is apparently expected by people like Westphal. In addition to these three soloists, mezzo Catherine Robbin and bass Christopher Purves do a good job as Eduige and Garibaldo respectively. In such a fine company, only the Grimoaldo of Adrian Thompson (who is, however, a perfectly good tenor) is a bit under par. This is definitely one of the most memorable recordings I've heard in a long time. You must hear it for yourself!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. H. Fitzsimmons on October 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After the star-studded, and romantic, accounts of Rodelinda of the past, including Joan Sutherland as the heroine, and Janet Baker as Eduige, this is the first British historically informed account of Handel's psychological and passionate drama.

One of the triumvirate of 'great' operas of the mid-1720s (alongside Tamerlano and Giulio Cesare), Rodelinda is possibly the deepest of Handel's creations. On the one hand, the 'baddies' Grimoaldo (Adrian Thompson) and Garibaldo (Christopher Purves), on the other the Lombard king Bertarido (Daniel Taylor) and his queen Rodelinda (Sophie Daneman), with the king's sister Eduige (Catherine Robbin) and his henchman Unulfo (Robin Blaze) in the middle of the action.

This is a slightly disappointing reading of this dramatic work, precisely because it came not out of a staging of the work, but a number of concert performances, and one gets the sense of a 'concert in dress' here, with 'safe' tempi being struck and everything played 'nicely'. The playing is stylish and understated, but a little boring as a result and the dramatic scenes lack enough bite.

The singing is uniformly good throughout. Sophie Daneman uses very little vibrato and produces a clear bell-like sound, though a few more colours might have conveyed Rodelinda's character more effectively (see the Glyndebourne account of Maria Antonacci on video). Adrian Thompson is a convincing tyrant Grimoaldo, and Chris Purves a blustering Garibaldo who seeks at the end to betray his master and marry Bertarido's sister Eduige, though foiled at the end by Bertarido himself. Catherine Robbin copes well with Eduige's rather limited part, and Robin Blaze skips through some very awkward passage work in Unulfo's rather trickier castrato part.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Kauffman on January 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Very "prettily" sung, but this opera needs much more than that. This whole performance has a limp quality to it with the soloists and conductor dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's but losing the drama as well. I went back to the 0ld Sutherland from 1959 - wrong language and wrong voice types but everyone means what they sing and the same goes for the old Westminster recording which has a lot more impact than this. Very disappointing overall. Jay
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CultureGurl on January 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After hearing Daniels, for the first time in my life, as Bertarido at the Met, I can't think much of this CD's Bertarido (too) sweet voice. The rest is ok.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Valter Lellis Siqueira on October 11, 2007
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This is surely the worst recording of a Handel opera. And Handel, of course, is not to be blamed! The performers are. The conductor employs a technique that has no historical support: the lack of vibrato in the voice. The result sounds dull and blank. Emotions, which are so common in Hadel's works, disappear all together. It sounds like a Victorian performance! The Curtis version is far more interesting, a real Handelian performance!
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