Handel: Tamerlano Box set
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The recording history of TAMERLANO is paradoxical: every one of the 4 previous recordings (beginning with John Moriarty's landmark 1970 version, and proceeding to "period" versions by Malgoire, Gardiner and Pinnck) has its merits and is worth hearing, but all of them fiddle with the musical text, generally by restoring material (some of it admittedly beautiful) that Handel cut before the 1724 premiere, sometimes by reverting to a discarded scheme for the end of Act II/start of Act III, and always making cuts in the lengthy "dry" recitatives (often following Handel's later abridgements).Read more ›
I'm familiar with this recording and the rival period efforts of Gardiner, Malgloire, and Pinnock. I think the MDG under consideration makes the best case for the work. Petrou's conducting creates a very dramatic presentation and the singers are mostly excellent. Falsettist Nicholas Spanos has an occasional odd moment when what I take to be his natural baritone range almost pops out. It does add dramatic emphasis. Christoyannis baritone has a strong upward extension and he does very well indeed with the role, often taken by a tenor. Also outstanding is Mary Ellen Nesi as the Greek general Andronico. The rest of the cast also sings very well. The period instrument orchestra plays well and the recording is clean and well balanced. The recording also restores Handel's 1724 text.Read more ›
Surely this is a great recording of this great opera. The music is gorgeous, aptly expressing everything from deep, bitter fury to aching sadness. Both magnificent and intimate. I especially like Mary-Ellen Nessi as Andronico, her expressive mezzo seems perfect for the unfortunate lover- and the duet (Vivo in te, mio caro bene) with Asteria! Simple, heartfelt, haunting beauty.
But it is the sympathetic Bajazet of Tassis Christoyannis that I find most deeply moving. His voice clearly reveals all the emotions raging in the heart of this proud Sultan, now defeated and trapped between his tender love of his daughter and his pathetic helplessness. My heart can't help but ache with his. I think Christoyannis makes much of this great role. Certainly it is a performance that I count among my most treasured.
Also, I appreciate the loving care that evidently went into the production of this set. There is a fine essay on the origins of the opera and its story plus notes about the differences in this first complete recording of the 1724s version. Then enthusiastic summaries of how they view the main characters. There is info about the artists too, of course.Read more ›
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This oratorio is definitely NOT one of Handel's better works. Too bad there isn't a CD with just the arias from Tamerlane.Published 13 months ago by Roni Batzion
I never expected to have my feelings about Handel’s Tamerlano transformed by a bunch of Greeks I had never heard of. Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by David Maclaine
Love it!! I love the singers, the orchestra and the opera itself. It is a great addition to my already large collection of Baroque operas. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by J. Gabrielson
This is the only performance of Tamerlano that I have heard, so I do not have a basis for comparison; I'll modify this review when I do. Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by tuningfork