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  3. Handel: Sosarme: Rendi'l sereno al ciglio 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
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13. Handel: Sosarme: Se m'ascolti. E udir potrei? 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Handel: Sosarme: Padre, Signor! 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Handel: Sosarme: Se discordia ci disciolse 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Handel: Sosarme: E cosi tu disprezzi la tua propria grandezza?... So ch'il Ciel ben spesso gode 8:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Handel: Sosarme: Quanto piu Melo ha sdegno... Sento il cor che lieto gode 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  2. Handel: Sosarme: Signor, tuo regio sangue di Bellona smorzo l'infausta face 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Handel: Sosarme: Mi segue la Regina, aiuto, o prodi! 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Handel: Sosarme: S'io cadro per tuo consiglio 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Handel: Sosarme: Melo, dov'e'l tuo zelo?... Cuor di madre e cuor di moglie 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Handel: Sosarme: Per la segreta porta del real giardino 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
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13. Handel: Sosarme: Correte pur a fiumi amare lacrime... Vorrei, ne pur saprei che la speme 7:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Handel: Sosarme: Altomoro, si renda libero lo steccato0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Handel: Sosarme: Tiene Giove in mano il folgore 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Handel: Sosarme: Ah Padre! 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Handel: Sosarme: Tu caro, caro sei il dolce mio tesoro 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Handel: Sosarme: Dopo l'ire si funeste dell'amore splenda la face 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: George Frideric Handel, Anthony Lewis, Margaret Ritchie, William Herbert, Nancy Evans, Helen Watts Alfred Deller
  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Opera D'oro
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005OKS5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roger W. Smith on March 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This recording was originally released in 1955 on Decca. I bought and still own an LP of it that was issued on the L'Oiseau-Lyre label.
I bought the boxed LP set (and have since purchased the CD) because of my love of Handel. I had never heard "Sosarme," which seems to have hardly ever been recorded -- for all I know, this may be the only recording (?). Let me assure you, the music is gorgeous. To me, this opera was (for a Handel-lover) a revelation.
I happen very much to like these old Handel (and other Baroque, e.g., Purcell) performances that were recorded on the Decca label on the 1950s and conducted by Anthony Lewis. They were hard-to-find records when I purchased a few of them on LP in the 70s. They seem not to be available on CD, for the most part.
The performance on this recording by the group (Lewis, Ritchie, Watts, Deller, etc.; harpsichordist Thurston Dart; The Saint Anthony Singers and Saint Celia Orchestra) seem to do Handel justice; I really loved it. Nothing seems rushed or "over the top" to this discerning but non-specialist listener. The original set consisted of three LP's. It is not a live performance but a studio recording.
Alfred Deller, countertenor, is magnificent.
This set, which consists of two CDs, is a bargain, and a real find!
There are a LOT of ravishing arias. Music that just plain grips you, moves you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Van de Water on April 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Dating from the 1950s, this performance is one of the first complete recordings of a Handel opera--and one of the first with most of the voices in their original register. Although it not what we would now call an historically informed performance, it features some of the best baroque specialists of its era, and it wears its years lightly. Gramophone's reviewer considers it superior to the more recent recording by Somary on Newport.

Another option is the recent recording of Handel's Fernando, conducted by Alan Curtis, on Virgin Classics. Fernando is Handel's first draft of Sosarme--the words and music are essentially the same, but the names and places are changed. For example, Fernando, king of Castille (an historical figure), is turned into Sosarme, king of Media (ancient Persia), to avoid offending King George II. The Curtis recording is a period performance in modern sound, but Lewis's pioneering effort still has much to recommend it.

Paul N. Van de Water
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Hartman VINE VOICE on January 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Despite the almost hysterical exaggerated criticism of the last reviewer (and I guess there's nothing worse than a singer-reviewer bitching about the perceived deficits of another singer!)I would not dismiss this recording UNLESS you insist on having your Handel 1) taken at a constantly brisk tempo (which to me is usually "Too Fast, sorry"); 2)filled with countertenors, such as some mentioned in the last review (which to me is "The fewer countertenors, the better"); 3) played only on so-called "original" instruments by the new batch of musicologist-conductors (which to me is sometimes "great" but sometimes also "Good Lord, what hideous unmusical scraping noises, what an uninspired unmusical performance").

Let's make it simple: If you like the recordings of Johannes Somary or those on Vox by Rudolph Palmer or by Richard Auldon Clark, then you should enjoy this recording.

Margaret Ritchie, the Elmira, is a well-known name to any with even a passing knowledge of the British musical scene from the 1940's and 1950's; HARDLY a singer only worthy of "G&S" as insultingly mentioned in the last review; she made a number of famous recordings justly praised at the time. True, her voice is not that of a younger singer, but then the same could be said of many others, e.g. Maggie Teyte. But here she manages the Handelian fioritura with ease, and ?the scooping so offensive to the previous reviewer, well I'm at a loss to see where this occurs often or even obtrusively; that criticism seems like a bunch of exaggerated nonsense to me!

If you don't like Alfred Deller, then that's one thing; but he sings expressively and competently here. Likewise, the lesser roles here are taken by capable singers, Helen Watts included, a veteran of many a fine Handel recording.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ubail Zamora on November 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Esta fue por muchos años la única grabación de Sosarme que existió en el mercado y resulta a veces incomprensible que haya tardado tanto en aparecer en CD. Ya hubo otra edición por parte de la casa Theorema hace unos años y por suerte Opera d'Oro nos la ha vuelto a traer. El mayor interés de la toma lo tiene sin lugar a dudas la aparición de Alfred Deller en el personaje protagónico, siendo esta la primera vez que un contratenor encarnara un rol titular en una ópera. La obra no es quizás de las mejor resueltas dramáticamente por el autor, pero Handel creó una suerte de melodías de incalculable belleza. De ellas el dúo "Per le porte del tormento" y las arias "Si, minaccia e vinta l'ira" e "In mille dolci modi" despliegan todo el lirismo de los abatidos personajes. La obra tiene cortes, pero estos no llegan a ser de gran importancia para la trama e inclusive se hacen variaciones en algunos da capo. Henry Lewis dirige la orquesta de Santa Cecilia con el número de instrumentos precisos, aunque no con la visión del estilo con la que se hace actualmente. Dentro de los intérpretes sobresalen Helen Watts, que brinda un Melo afligido pero cálido de voz; Ian Wallace, quien pleno de recursos, nos trae una buena caracterización del traidor Altomaro y Margaret Ritchie, una Elmira virtuosa, aunque no de hermoso timbre. Decepcionate el Argone de John Kentish, apretado todo el tiempo mientras canta el incómodo registro de su personaje, escrito originalmente para el castrado Campioli.Read more ›
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