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Handel: Un'Opera Immaginaria

Handel , Joyce DiDonato , Philippe Jaroussky , Natalie Dessay , David Daniels , Ian Bostridge , Stephanie Blythe , Ivan A. Alexandre Audio CD
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  • Performer: Joyce DiDonato, Philippe Jaroussky, Natalie Dessay, David Daniels, Ian Bostridge, et al.
  • Composer: Handel
  • Audio CD (May 19, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B001SGFM1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ouverture- Arminio, ACT I
2. Teseo (1713) Act II, scene 1 - Dolce Riposo
3. Recit. "Della vita mortale" (Bellezza/Disinganno)- Il Trionfo del Tempo a del Disinganno, Oratorio in two parts HWV 46 a (1707), Part One
4. Aria "Un pensiero nemico di pace" (Bellezza)- Il Trionfo del Tempo a del Disinganno, Oratorio in two parts HWV 46 a (1707), Part One
5. Rec. Sancio solo- Fernando, re di Castiglia, Atto terzo, Scena IV
6. Aria "Sincero affetto"- Fernando, re di Castiglia, Atto terzo, Scena IV
7. Act II, scene 10 - Destero dall' empia Dite- Amadigi (1715), 2 airs de Meliisa
8. Sarabande- Alcina - Opera in three acts HWV34 (libretto after an episode from 'Orlando furioso' by Ludovico Ariosto) (performing edition by Clifford Bartlett) (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene 2, Ballet
9. Cosi la tortorella- La Resurrezione HWV47
10. Recitativo - Bellissima Romilda (Serse)- Serse, Act 1, Scene VI
11. No 8 Aria - Di tacere e di schernirmi (Serse)- Serse, Act 1, Scene VI
12. Ariodante Scherza, infida - Ariodante
13. Aria "Ah! Stigie larvae"- Orlando HWV31
14. Recitativo Madre
15. Duetto Son nata a lagrimar
16. Recit. Ah! Ruggiero crudel (Alcina)- Alcina - Opera in three acts HWV34 (libretto after an episode from 'Orlando furioso' by Ludovico Ariosto) (performing edition by Clifford Bartlett) (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene 13
17. Aria Ombre pallide, lo so, mi udite (Alcina)- Alcina - Opera in three acts HWV34 (libretto after an episode from 'Orlando furioso' by Ludovico Ariosto) (performing edition by Clifford Bartlett) (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene 13
18. Ti stringo, o illustre acciaro- Arminio, ACT III
19. Quando piu minaccia il cielo- Arminio, ACT III
20. Recitativo Verso il gran fine (Ulisse)- Deidamia, Atto III, Scena II
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handel "plums" in very digestible form June 6, 2009
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This generous compilation is the product of a novel and amusing idea to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death. Excerpts from 11 operas and two oratorios recorded and released between 1986 and 2008 and spanning over thirty-five years of Handel's prodigious output, have been assembled to recreate a kind of facsimile opera typical of the 38 operas he wrote during his long and (mostly) successful career. It is an idea by no means entirely foreign or indeed to inimical to the composer himself; Handel frequently stitched together "pasticcios" from his works and some of his most celebrated creations are as much as 75% re-cycled musical material. Likewise, his star singers were used to producing an "aria di baule" ("trunk-aria") as and when required, to be inserted willy-nilly into the opera being performed simply because it was a current favourite with the public.

So we shouldn't get too snooty or purist about this witty confection. French musicologist Ivan Alexandre, whose brainchild this was, has been careful to respect the conventions of "operas seria" and used sound judgment in juxtaposing these disparate elements in authentic manner. His introduction to the disc sums up neatly the spirit of the enterprise:
"It seems that, in the years around 1720, when people went to the opera to hear a castrato idol or an adored soprano, they would play cards, pay court to their neighbours and savour sorbets during the recitatives - even during the so-called arias of action, which they enjoyed less than the ornamented reprises of the showpiece arias.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A "Rough Guide" Sampler ... October 1, 2010
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... for musical tourists in the Land of Handel. This odd CD is a program of selections from recordings of operas and oratorios, issued between 1986 and 2008, by eight quite diverse ensembles led by ten disparate conductors featuring fourteen dissimilar singers. The selection was made by musicologist Ivan Alexandre, replicating the common baroque-era practice of 'pastiche'. Supposedly, we listeners will travel though the 'emotive' libretto of a typical Handelian opera without the usual encumbrances of an absurd plot or silly lyrics. A purely musical Grand Tour, if you will ... and "will" you must, unless you speak Italian, since no texts to the recitativos or arias are included.

The ensembles and conductors:
Il Complesso Barocco - Alan Curtis
Les Talens Lyriques - Cristophe Rousset
Le Concert d'Astrée - Emmanuelle Haïm
Les Arts Florissants - William Christie
Les Violons du Roy - Bernard Labadie
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Roger Norrington & Harry Bicket
City of London Sinfonia - Richard Hickox
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris - John Nelson

Singers:
Joyce di Donato, Natalie Dessay, Ann Hallenberg, Anne Sofie von Otter, Vivica Genoux, Anna Bonitatibus, Stephanie Blythe, Geraldine McGreevy, Manuela Custer, Arlene Auger;
David Daniels, Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic; Ian Bostridge !!!

As you can see and as you will hear, a lot of basses are touched, though not a single bass gets to sing a note. Given the paucity of roles for basses in Handel's operas, it's small wonder boys were lining up for the knife!

But all this diversity comes with a certain level of auditory confusion. The original recordings were not all equal in equalization, or in quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PANORAMA HAENDELIEN ET AERIEN, April 25, 2011
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Format:Audio CD
Je suis surpris par cette belle production réunissant dans une sorte d'opéra imaginaire une subtile compile de certains hits du génial saxon, interprétés par la fine fleur de l'écurie Virgin ; ce disque constitue une excellente introduction à la variété des partitions opératiques de G.F.H. et inspire une écoute de chacune des oeuvres dont elle sont extraites. Une bonne idée de cadeau à réserver uniquement à ses amis mélomanes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Handel Sampler with Outstanding Singers July 26, 2011
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This disc provides a great overview of some of the best of Handel by some of the best current Handel singers. Yes, some are better than others as one reviewer notes, but this is a very listenable and enjoyable disc. If Handel opera is your "thing" you probably have most of these tracks already (as I do) but having them all on one disc like this is delightful. Well worth the purchase.
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