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listen  1. Handel: Il deliro amoroso "Da quel giorno fatale", HWV 99 - Sonata (Introduzione)Les Musiciens du Louvre 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Il deliro amoroso "Da quel giorno fatale", HWV 99 - Recitativo "Da quel giorno fatale"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Il deliro amoroso "Da quel giorno fatale", HWV 99 - Aria "Un pensiero voli in ciel"Les Musiciens du Louvre 8:24Album Only
listen  4. Handel: Il deliro amoroso "Da quel giorno fatale", HWV 99 - Recitativo "Ma fermati pensier"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Il deliro amoroso "Da quel giorno fatale", HWV 99 - Aria "Per te lasciai la luce"Les Musiciens du Louvre 7:36Album Only
listen  6. Handel: Il deliro amoroso "Da quel giorno fatale", HWV 99 - Non ti bastava, ingratoLes Musiciens du Louvre0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Il deliro amoroso "Da quel giorno fatale", HWV 99 - Aria "Lascia omai"/Recitativo "Ma siamo"Les Musiciens du Louvre 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Il deliro amoroso "Da quel giorno fatale", HWV 99 - EntreeLes Musiciens du Louvre 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Il deliro amoroso "Da quel giorno fatale", HWV 99 - Arietta e Recitativo "In queste amene piagge"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: La Lucrezia "O Numi eterni", Cantata HWV 145 - Recitativo "O Numi eterni"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: La Lucrezia "O Numi eterni", Cantata HWV 145 - Aria "Giù superbo del mio affanno"Les Musiciens du Louvre 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: La Lucrezia "O Numi eterni", Cantata HWV 145 - Recitativo "Mai voi, forse nel cielo"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: La Lucrezia "O Numi eterni", Cantata HWV 145 - Aria "Il suol che preme"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: La Lucrezia "O Numi eterni", Cantata HWV 145 - Recitativo "Ah! che ancor"/FuriosoLes Musiciens du Louvre 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: La Lucrezia "O Numi eterni", Cantata HWV 145 - Arioso "Alla salma infedel"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: La Lucrezia "O Numi eterni", Cantata HWV 145 - Recitativo "A voi, a voi padre"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: La Lucrezia "O Numi eterni", Cantata HWV 145 - Arioso "Già nel seno"/FuriosoLes Musiciens du Louvre 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Il consiglio "Tra le fiamme", Cantata HWV 170 - Aria "Tra le fiamme tu scherzi"/RecitativoLes Musiciens du Louvre 6:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Il consiglio "Tra le fiamme", Cantata HWV 170 - Aria "Pien di nuove"/RecitativoLes Musiciens du Louvre 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Il consiglio "Tra le fiamme", Cantata HWV 170 - Aria "Voli per l'aria"/RecitativoLes Musiciens du Louvre 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Handel: Il consiglio "Tra le fiamme", Cantata HWV 170 - Aria "Tra le fiamme" - Da capo/ALes Musiciens du Louvre 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Magdalena Kozena, Anton Steck, Yann Miriel, Sebastien Marq, Jean-Louis Fiat, et al.
  • Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (September 20, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Archiv Prod Import
  • ASIN: B00004YZ35
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Beautiful Italian Cantatas played on original instruments.

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Only a few years since emerging as a notable singer, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená hasn't stopped enchanting her audience. It is, after all, a rare pleasure to experience this unique voice with its warm and elegant timbre. Some of its aspects are apparent in her preceding recital, an unusual--and unusually beautiful--program of Czech love songs. With this account of Handel's Italian Cantatas, Kozená confirms the immense scope of her gifts. Better yet, her voice is once more "affirmed": it seems fresher, conveying even more emotion. Marc Minkowski and his Musiciens du Louvre are hardly to be overlooked in this absolute success. They understand in their bones the kind of scarcely veiled energy that's fitting for the music of Handel. --Pierre Guillaume

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Julio Castro Karg
So I like the fact that the cantatas here are very lyrical with just a touch of drama, all in all not too heavily serious so quite easy to absorb.
J. TIMMERMAN
She is a totally different artist - she really has all those colors in her voice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julio Castro Karg on June 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Magdalena Kozená's voice through her very nice "Bach Arias" album a couple of years ago. Then, shortly afterwards a good friend of mine told me how wonderful this Handel album also was!

One day, I was riding in a friend's car. He had brought this album solely for me to listen and played track #3 ("Delirio Amoroso, HWV 99: Aria: Un Pensiero Voli In Ciel"). I was instantly convinced!

This whole CD is delightful, a sheer joy! Whenever I try to convince anyone of it's beauty I simply play track #3. It's funny but it always works!!!

Give track #3 a try!...
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "vocalfanatic" on January 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
the title says it all - it really isnt for canary-fanciers. These early Handel pieces are mini-dramas and make fascinating, dramatic and often highly beautiful music, sometimes comparable (as in La Lucrezia) to Dido's lament (in Purcell's opus). Kozena knows that this is dramatic stuff and she really gives her all. This is no early-music milksop business and Minkowsky fans will know exactly what to expect here. I have to say that I was really surprised to hear what Miss Kozena achieves here, after her Bach arias cd. She is a totally different artist - she really has all those colors in her voice. It is true that sometimes there's a rough edge or suspect intonation, but the whole achievement raises her a few leagues in my opinion. Truly fascinating release, and thank you, Minkowsky and Kozena, for the rare opportunity of hearing these works (especially the first one).
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By klavierspiel VINE VOICE on May 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Magdalena Kozena is a current favorite of the classical vocal recording scene, no small feat, with an extensive discography focusing mainly on early and Czech music. There are many pleasures to be had from this recording of three of Handel's Italian solo cantatas. Les Musiciens du Louvre is a superb Baroque ensemble, and its director, Marc Minkowski, has opted for a considerable variety of sound in the continuo that livens the recitatives in particular.

When she is not pressed by the frequently extremely quick tempi or going for too much dramatic weight in the recitatives, Kozena sings with fresh, pleasing tone and considerable fluency in the frequently intricate coloratura passages. Overall two of the cantatas, "Delirio amoroso" and "Tra le fiamme," come off well. The third, "La Lucrezia," of greater emotional range and vocally the most demanding, finds both Kozena and Minkowski going all-out for drama. Kozena's voice is simply not up to the demands she makes on it here, with consequent white, off-pitch and frequently plain unpleasant results. Whether the intended interpretation was her idea, Minkowski's, or a collaboration, it is ill-judged in terms of her particular strengths, and consequently a major blot on an otherwise good recording.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Lee on June 22, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Magdalena Kozena sounds beautiful at times but sometimes she sounds very ordinary. This 2000 DDD Deutsche Grammophon CD is 67" 37" long. There are 21 tracks. There were moments when I just wanted to donate this CD to charity but some of the songs just lured me back in. This CD is a solid three-star in my book.
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19 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kicek&Brys on January 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Oh dear! It would be such a nice collection of rarely heard Handel cantatas if only Kozena didn't try to be a Bartoli or a von Otter! Not being quite in the same league as an artist and personality as the two divas, Kozena tries to infuse these cantatas with pathos and drama using lots of aggressive vocal gestures, but she isn't able to fill these creations with flesh and blood and make them believable (in this repertoire, you'd have to go back to Janet Baker to hear what I mean). So, we have exaggerated recitativi (sometimes to almost grotesque dimensions) and plain - if often ravishingly lovely - singing. I do find her voice mesmerizing when it just flows surrounded with an aura of melancholy (as in some of her earlier discs, including Handel's Dixit Dominus, also under Minkowski), but aggressive outbursts are not her cup of tea. Occasionally there are some mannerisms in the singing too and a rather disconcerting lack of variety of colour. Whatever it is - lack of comfort with the language or simply immaturity, I don't know. First of all she was badly advised and here I can't see anybody else to blame than Minkowski himself. Minkowski likes taking risks and expects his singers to follow his artistic visions. It often produces wonderfully dramatic performances, but this one is simply miscalculated. Kozena's rather delicate voice with this particular melancholic quality does not have the power to express fury and anger as volcanic eruptions. Her new disc with arias by Mozart, Gluck and Myslivecek shows that she is quite capable of expressing those emotions, using much subtler means and making them still eloquent.Read more ›
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