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Handel -Tolomeo / Hallenberg, Gauvin, Bonitatibus, Basso, Spagnoli, Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis [Box set]

George Frideric Handel , Alan Curtis , Il Complesso Barocco , Ann Hallenberg , Karina Gauvin , Anna Bonitatibus , Romina Basso , Piertro Spagnoli Audio CD
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listen  1. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 - OuvertureAlan Curtis 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Acc.: Orgoglioso elementoAlan Curtis 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Rec.: Numi, pietà!Romina Basso 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Aria: Cielo ingiustoAlan Curtis 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Rec.: Ahi! Elisa infeliceRomina Basso 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Aria: Non lo dirò col labbroRomina Basso 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Rec.: Veggio che m'ama il prenceAlan Curtis0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Aria: Quell'onda che si frangeAlan Curtis 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Rec.: Quest'è pur CiproPietro Spagnoli 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Aria: Mi volgo ad ogni frondaAlan Curtis 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Rec.: O cari agli occhi mieiAlan Curtis 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Aria: Se talor miri un fiorAlan Curtis 6:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Rec.: Conosco benAlan Curtis0:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Arioso: Tiranni miei pensieriAlan Curtis 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Rec.: E dove, e dove maiAlan Curtis0:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Aria: Fonti amicheAlan Curtis 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Rec.: Ma! quel pastor - Delia ad un pastorPietro Spagnoli 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Aria: Respira almen un pocoPietro Spagnoli 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Rec.: V'è ancor qualche martireAlan Curtis0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 1 - Aria: Torna sol per un momentoAlan Curtis 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Arioso: Voi dolci auretteAlan Curtis 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Rec.: Dov'è chi la mia morte richiede - Osmin, Osmino, e comePietro Spagnoli 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Aria: Quanto è feliceAlan Curtis 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Rec.: S'io potessi sperareAlan Curtis0:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Aria: Aure, portateAlan Curtis 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Rec.: Delia, attendi un momento.Alan Curtis 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Aria: Se un solo è quel coreAlan Curtis 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Rec.: Disprezzato e schernito - Signora, la mia sorteRomina Basso0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Aria: Il mio coreAlan Curtis 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Rec.: Affetto, che ragioneRomina Basso0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Aria: Pur sento, oh DioRomina Basso 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Aria a due, Rec. & Arioso: Dite, che faAlan Curtis 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Rec.: Io ti cerco per tutto - Delia, per queste sì remote selvePietro Spagnoli 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Aria: Piangi purPietro Spagnoli 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Rec.: Seleuce! / Tolomeo!Alan Curtis0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 2 - Duetto: Se il cor ti perdeAlan Curtis 7:05Album Only


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listen  1. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Acc.: Madre, pagasti alfineRomina Basso 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Rec.: Signor, se non t'è notoPietro Spagnoli0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Aria: Se l'interno pur vedonoRomina Basso 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Rec.: Se non erra il pensieroPietro Spagnoli0:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Aria: Sarò giustoPietro Spagnoli 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Rec.: Elisa, che ricerchiAlan Curtis0:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Aria: Voglio amoreAlan Curtis 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Rec.: Eccolo appunto - Bella, già men severeAlan Curtis 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Aria: Senza il suo beneAlan Curtis 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Rec.: Al fin che si risolveAlan Curtis0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Aria: Ti pentirai, crudelAlan Curtis 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Rec.: Olà! che più si tardaAlan Curtis0:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Aria: Son qual roccaAlan Curtis 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Rec.: In questa più remota parteRomina Basso 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Aria: Torni omai la paceAlan Curtis 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Rec.: Ché più si tardaAlan Curtis0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Acc.: Inumano fratelAlan Curtis 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Aria: Stille amareAlan Curtis 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Rec.: Eccoti, o PrencePietro Spagnoli 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Duetto: Tutta contentaAlan Curtis 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Rec.: Lascia, o fratelRomina Basso0:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Handel: Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto HWV 25 / Act 3 - Coro: Applauda ognunoPietro Spagnoli 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Ann Hallenberg, Karina Gauvin, Anna Bonitatibus, Romina Basso, Piertro Spagnoli
  • Orchestra: Il Complesso Barocco
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (March 11, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B0011FDTC4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tolomeo is another rarely performed Handel opera that proves precisely what a great dramatist he was. Despite some plot confusions – characters are disguised throughout - there are scenes of startling melodrama: when Tolomeo is forced to commit suicide or betray his wife, Seleuce, our emotions are torn in one direction; only later does it become clear that the poison he’s taken was swapped for a sleeping potion by Elisa, the sister of King Araspe (Tolomeo’s enemy), who is in love with Tolomeo (though she does not know his true identity). Seleuce is as pure and lovely as the woodsy, shipwrecked setting, and her music is pastoral and lyrical – one aria has her backed by intertwining recorders. Alan Curtis leads the period instrument band Il Complesso Barocco in a performance that brings out all the passion in this tale of lust, love and grief, with Anne Hallenberg fearless in the title role (it was written for the famous castrato, Senesino) and Karina Gauvin simply ravishing as Seleuce. Pietro Spagnoli, as the tyrant Araspe uses his dark voice in a nice, bullying fashion and Anna Bonitatibus’ Elisa is wonderfully wild and strong. This is a knockout performance of an opera that should be better known. -- Robert Levine

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-Notch Handel; Fills a Major Gap March 16, 2008
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Alan Curtis's recording of Tolomeo is top-notch and fills a major gap in the Handel discography. (Although there is one previous recording, an Amazon reviewer calls it "possibly the worst opera recording I have ever heard.")

Now professor emeritus of musicology at Berkeley, Curtis helped kick off the modern renaissance of Handel operas with his complete recording of Admeto for EMI in 1977. That recording, which is still available on Virgin CD, starred Rene Jacobs, James Bowman, Max van Egmond, and other pioneers in historically informed performance. The band was Il Complesso Barocco, then comprised primarily of Dutch musicians.

Curtis didn't record any more Handel operas for many years afterwards, but recently he has more than made up for lost time. From his base near Florence, Curtis has reconstituted Il Complesso Barocco as a largely Italian ensemble (although cellist Richte van der Meer plays in both Admeto and Tolomeo). Since 1999, they have produced CDs of Arminio, Deidamia, Fernando, Floridante, Radmaisto, Rodelinda, and Rodrigo. Many of these are first recordings, and several have won awards. A DVD of Ariodante was released in February 2008, and Ezio is scheduled to be recorded in September 2008.

The Ptolemy of Tolomeo is not the character of the same name in Giulio Cesare but an earlier Egyptian ruler (whose mother, to add to the confusion, was another Cleopatra). The typically convoluted plot reaches its climax when Ptolemy drinks a poisoned cup, which turns out to contain only a sleeping potion. The work is "an almost pure aria opera" with only brief recitatives, and "many of these arias are very beautiful" (quoting Paul Henry Lang).

It's great to have Tolomeo available at last in a first-rate recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HAPPILY EVER AFTER March 30, 2008
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The libretto of Tolomeo is not as weighty as one might think at a first glance. As well as Ptolemy there is a (non-singing) Cleopatra involved, but these are not the most famous holders of these names. There is a dispute over the succession to the kingship of Egypt, but don't expect anything on the lines of Don Carlo. The issue is resolved in a remarkably, nay ridiculously, peaceable manner as part of a comprehensively happy ending of the kind that London audiences preferred. As for the rest, it is about as average an opera book as I know, with princes and princesses disguised, in the seemingly foolproof way, as shepherds and shepherdesses, and a gratifyingly wide gulf between fierce declarations of intent followed by astonishingly mild and tolerant actions.

Despite all this, Tolomeo lasts for two and a half hours, which is twice as long as La Boheme does. Myself, I would not want it shorter by a single second. There are very few special dramatic effects, mainly restricted to the penultimate scene when Ptolemy drinks what he thinks is poison but which turns out only to be some kind of micky finn, in line with the overall tone of the action. Nor is there much fancy orchestration. You will hear some horn tone in the overture but little or none later, one aria has flutes obbligati and another has a harp or theorbo, and that's about it. The orchestration is for strings and very little else, and I find that no more of a hardship than I do in Handel's concerti grossi, or in Beethoven's string quartets, or in Messiah itself. The truth is that Handel does not try to make this libretto and this story into something they are not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Curtis & Il Complesso Barocco- April 11, 2008
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As other reviewers mentioned, this is wonderful music performed beautifully by Curtis and his stellar group. The big three soloists, Ann Hallenberg (Tolomeo), Karina Gauvin (Seleuce) and Anna Bonitatibus (Elisa) are perfect for their roles, and have the majority of the prettiest arias: Elisa's 'Quell 'onda;' Seleuce's 'Mi Volgo' and 'Torni omai'; Tolomeo's first act 'Tiranni' and the climactic 'Stille amare' to those gorgeous, hushed strings. And the three duets for Seleuce & Tolomeo are also worthy of individual appearances on recital discs. But I would place more praise than others have on the spare appearance of Romina Basso (Alessandro). Even though she only has three solo arias, two of them are little jewels that I encored when I first heard them, and Basso is as good in them as she was in the Vivaldi Montezuma recording of '06.

While Hallenberg has been getting the plum roles that she deserves, I hope Karina Gauvin's lovely voice will get her even more recognition. Outside of the early music scene, I'm not sure the general opera audience knows how good she is (maybe I'm wrong, but whenever I ask Seattle audiences, I end up lending them a CD or two by way of introduction).

This is an easy recommendation for Handel fans, but I think people who may not be as fond of baroque operas might want to sample the gorgeous singing of this fine cast. While every Handel opera has a couple of arias that seem to make everything stop with their simple beauty, Tolomeo has several solos like that plus the three duets. And we hear from another reviewer that three more Handel operas are scheduled. Thank you Alan Curtis !
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