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Amor e gelosia: Handel Operatic Duets

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Often deemed the stepchildren of opera, duets have rarely garnered the attention devoted to solo arias. On the evidence of the delightful Amor e gelosia Love and Jealousy, Handel's duets, at least, deserve better. Soprano Patrizia Ciofi and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato offer 16 selections with an additional instrumental number culled from an array of the composer's operas, most seldom performed. Poro, for one, may draw blank looks from opera-goers, yet the handful of excerpts included here show it to be as tuneful and charming as any of Handel's better-known creations. The opening "Caro amico amplesso" sweetly expresses the singers' shared affections, even as later Poro ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Often deemed the stepchildren of opera, duets have rarely garnered the attention devoted to solo arias. On the evidence of the delightful Amor e gelosia Love and Jealousy, Handel's duets, at least, deserve better. Soprano Patrizia Ciofi and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato offer 16 selections with an additional instrumental number culled from an array of the composer's operas, most seldom performed. Poro, for one, may draw blank looks from opera-goers, yet the handful of excerpts included here show it to be as tuneful and charming as any of Handel's better-known creations. The opening "Caro amico amplesso" sweetly expresses the singers' shared affections, even as later Poro selections illustrate the hazards of romantic love: The solo cavatina "Se mai più sarò geloso" and aria "Se mai turbo" become fodder for a lovers' quarrel in a duet that mockingly quotes from the earlier material. More poignant emotion fills the beautiful farewell duet "Io t'abbraccio" from Rodelinda, in which Handel takes advantage of the exquisite harmonic and expressive potential of intertwined voices, while the more upbeat "Per le porte del tormento" from Sosarme offers major-key affirmation of love's curative powers. With superb singing, Ciofi and DiDonato deftly portray psychological states ranging from ecstasy to despair, and their complementary vocal timbres -- Ciofi's silky and pliant, DiDonato's deeper and creamier -- interlock as naturally as two lovers' arms. Alan Curtis and the original instrument orchestra Il Complesso Barocco provide responsive, rhythmically lively accompaniment, and Simon Heighes's booklet note puts it all in dramatic context. Highly recommended.
New York Times - David Mermelstein
The term "instant classic" is overused and oxymoronic, but certain records proclaim their durability at first hearing. A new CD of duets from Handel operas, "Amor e Gelosia" ("Love and Jealousy"), on Virgin, is one.... [Patrizia Ciofi's] silvery voice is exciting yet steady, its supple brilliance well suited to Handel's technical demands and his characters' various temperaments. [Joyce] DiDonato's sound is no less attractive, her timbre like topsoil, rich and earthy. And her dramatic skills are equally compelling.
Gramophone - Stanley Sadie
All [the duets] are most beautifully sung by Patrizia Ciofi and Joyce DiDonato.... Both phrase beautifully, and articulate and express the words so clearly and so tellingly. The accompaniments...add to the pleasures of this truly delectable CD. Indeed, listening to it is a bit like eating a meal of delicious puddings.
Time Out New York - Steve Smith
DiDonato's mellow tones and Ciofi's more astringent timbre blend beautifully throughout the program.... Teseo's "Addio, mio caro bene" closes the disc with an expression of the unquenchable desire that Handel's music -- especially as performed by Ciofi and DiDonato -- just might inspire in you.

All [the duets] are most beautifully sung by Patrizia Ciofi and Joyce DiDonato.... Both phrase beautifully, and articulate and express the words so clearly and so tellingly. The accompaniments...add to the pleasures of this truly delectable CD. Indeed, listening to it is a bit like eating a meal of delicious puddings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 724354562822
  • Catalog Number: 45628
  • Sales rank: 125,430

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Poro, rè dell'Indie, opera, HWV 28: Duetto. Caro amico amplesso! - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (2:06)
  2. 2 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Duetto. Scherzano sul tuo volto - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (3:43)
  3. 3 Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Recitativo. Non ti bastò, consorte; Duetto. Io t'a - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (7:21)
  4. 4 Silla, (Lucio Cornelio Silla), opera, HWV 10: Recitativo. Mio diletto, che pensi?; Duetto. Sol p - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (5:58)
  5. 5 Sosarme, re di Media, opera, HWV 30: Duetto. Per le porte del tormento - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (7:45)
  6. 6 Faramondo, opera, HWV 39: Recitativo. Del destin non mi lagno; Duetto. Caro, - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (6:49)
  7. 7 Atalanta, opera, HWV 35: Recitativo. Amarilli?; Duetto. Amarilli? Oh Dei! c - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (6:14)
  8. 8 Muzio Scevola, opera, Act III, HWV 13: Duetto. Vivo senz'alma, o bella - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (2:35)
  9. 9 Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Duetto. Finché prendi - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (2:01)
  10. 10 Poro, rè dell'Indie, opera, HWV 28: Recitativo. Perfidi! ite di Poro; Cavatina. Se mai - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (2:48)
  11. 11 Poro, rè dell'Indie, opera, HWV 28: Recitativo. Macedoni guerrieri; Aria. Se mai turbo - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (5:42)
  12. 12 Poro, rè dell'Indie, opera, HWV 28: Sinfonia to Act 3 - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (0:58)
  13. 13 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Duetto. Gran pena è gelosia! - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (1:49)
  14. 14 Poro, rè dell'Indie, opera, HWV 28: Recitativo. Lode agli Dei; Duetto. Se mai turbo il - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (6:20)
  15. 15 Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, opera, HWV 22: Duetto. Alma mia, dolce ristoro - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (4:25)
  16. 16 Flavio, Rè di Longobardi, opera, HWV 16: Duetto. Ricordati, mio ben - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (4:02)
  17. 17 Teseo, opera, HWV 9: Duetto. Addio, mio caro bene - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joyce DiDonato Primary Artist
Patrizia Ciofi Primary Artist
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