Il Trionfo Del Tempo
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Like the brilliant smaller cantatas Handel composed in his Roman years (there are three recent recordings of such works by `La Risonanza', of surpassing beauty), Il Trionfo is 100% in the Italian manner, bursting with vocal exuberance and athleticism, utterly passionate, yet underneath the pyrotechnics one finds the profound structural mastery of counterpoint that the Saxon brought with him from Germany. Handel was, dare I say, the greatest Italian composer of the 18th Century. He was obviously also the greatest English composer of the 18th Century. Listening to his Italian triumphs, however, I find myself wishing he'd stayed in Rome and never removed his art to stuffy Calvinist England. Superb as his English music would be, there was something in the air in Italy that might have pushed him to even greater artistic accomplishments.Read more ›
"Il Trionfo" comprises a moralistic debate between the allegorical characters Beauty, Pleasure, Time, and Dis-Illusion. The story carries little interest, but Handel's music is ravishing.
This 2007 reissue (recorded in 2000) is clearly the best recording of the first version--especially at its two-disc-for-one bargain price. The singers, period instrumentalists, and recording are all first-rate.
There's a very good recording of the second version available on Naxos (conducted by J.C. Martini) and an excellent recording of the final version on Hyperion (with Emma Kirkby and others, conducted by Denys Darlow). I enjoy all three. Forced to choose, however, my favorite is the last one.
Paul N. Van de Water
You will *not* regret it.
Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno ("The Triumph of Time and Disillusionment") is one of Handel's earliest masterpieces. Composed in 1707 for Cardinal Pamphili, Handel's patron and librettist in Rome, it's only recently that this work has attracted the interest and praise that it so much deserves. It's an allegorical drama about Belleza (Beauty), Piacere (Pleasure), Tempo (Time), and Disinganno (Disillusionment). Beauty undergoes a spiritual crisis in having to choose between carnal pleasure and godlike virtue. As one would predict, Beauty and Pleasure lose the battle to Time and Disillusionment..
The glorious sequence of arias and ensembles includes the famous 'Lascia la spina' (later recycled in Rinaldo as 'Lascia ch'io pianga'), played here at a brisk tempo to great effect, and Beauty's exquisite final `Tu del Ciel ministro eletto'. Handel borrowed various arias from Il Trionfo for later works, such as Agrippina, Giulio Cesare and Rodelinda. This testifies to the pride which Handel must have felt for this oratorio. Soprano Deborah York (Beauty) and contralto Sarah Mingardo (Disillusionment) are the unsurpassed star singers here, but soprano Gemma Bertagnolli and tenor Nicolas Sears are a very good match (although Bertagnolli's voice sounds slightly strained here and there).Read more ›
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This is on the whole a splendid recording of the first oratorio of G F Handel, written in the early Italian years of the then young composer. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Abert
In contrast to the other reviewers, I found I could not focus on the music because I found the singing of Deborah York so unpleasant. Read morePublished on August 5, 2011 by drajhtoo