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Ah! Mio Cor: Handel Arias

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Before the release of this disc called Ah! Mio cor!, charismatic mezzo soprano Magdalena Kozená had already made her mark as a Handel singer with her recordings of the composer's Italian cantatas and opera "Julius Caesar," but this triumphant 2007 collection of arias affirms her mastery of the German-English composer's music. Featuring selections from the composer's operas and oratorios, this disc is more of a smorgasbord than a balanced meal with one highly expressive and supremely virtuosic aria following another and the only cohesion supplied by the performer. Clear, smooth, and warm, Kozená's voice is light in tone but with plenty of power behind it and more than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Before the release of this disc called Ah! Mio cor!, charismatic mezzo soprano Magdalena Kozená had already made her mark as a Handel singer with her recordings of the composer's Italian cantatas and opera "Julius Caesar," but this triumphant 2007 collection of arias affirms her mastery of the German-English composer's music. Featuring selections from the composer's operas and oratorios, this disc is more of a smorgasbord than a balanced meal with one highly expressive and supremely virtuosic aria following another and the only cohesion supplied by the performer. Clear, smooth, and warm, Kozená's voice is light in tone but with plenty of power behind it and more than enough control to guide it. In these 11 arias, Kozená channels her voice into interpretations that fairly explode with passion, despair, bliss, and fury. Given alert and dramatic accompaniments by Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Kozená delivers striking Handel performances that will attract her fans as well as interest mezzo fans who have not yet heard her. Archiv's digital sound is crisp and cool, with the focus entirely on the singer.
Gramophone
The stirring and passionate execution of Handel's music is anything but dull routine.... Everybody involved sounds as if they are engaged with the music. In particular, the Venice Baroque Orchestra sound admirably absorbed in the dramatic world of each aria.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - Donald Rosenberg
Kozena unleashes flurries of coloratura in the fervent passages, while scaling back her mahogany voice to convey more introspective sentiments. [Grade: A]
Daily Telegraph
A Handel aria recital from the Czech mezzo-cum-soprano...was always a recording waiting to happen.... A feast of Handel singing, with the Venetian players matching Kozená all the way in spirit and colouristic flair.
The Times (U.K.)
Handel is good for Magdalena Kozená. She can deploy her formidable range across alto, mezzo and soprano registers. She can spin a legato line across a simple lament or zing through a barrage of quickfire coloratura. And there’s never any need to push -- not when Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra are the intimate backing group.

Kozena unleashes flurries of coloratura in the fervent passages, while scaling back her mahogany voice to convey more introspective sentiments. [Grade: A]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • UPC: 028947765479
  • Catalog Number: 001039102
  • Sales rank: 141,512

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Ah! mio cor! Schernito sei! - Riccardo Broschi & George Frideric Handel (10:48)
  2. 2 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Where shall I fly? - George Frideric Handel & Merle Kersten (6:30)
  3. 3 Agrippina, opera, HWV 6: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate - George Frideric Handel & Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani (7:30)
  4. 4 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Cara speme, questo core tu comincia - George Frideric Handel & Nicola Francesco Haym (6:01)
  5. 5 Joshua, oratorio, HWV 64: Oh! had I Jubal's lyre - George Frideric Handel & Merle Kersten (2:38)
  6. 6 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Scherza infida in grembo al drudo - George Frideric Handel & Merle Kersten (11:39)
  7. 7 Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: O thou bright Sun! - With darkness deep - George Frideric Handel & Merle Kersten (6:00)
  8. 8 Amadigi di Gaula, opera, HWV 11: Desterò dall'empia Dite - George Frideric Handel & Merle Kersten (5:49)
  9. 9 Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Ah! stigie larve! / Già latra Cerbero - George Frideric Handel & Merle Kersten (7:45)
  10. 10 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Dopo notte, atra e funesta - George Frideric Handel & Merle Kersten (6:52)
  11. 11 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte - George Frideric Handel & Merle Kersten (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Magdalena Kozená Primary Artist
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