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Handel: Ariodante
     

Handel: Ariodante

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by Joyce DiDonato, Alan Curtis
 

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The scope and grandeur of Handel's operatic output -- the musical variety and inventiveness, the depth of psychological insight, as well as the sheer volume of works -- continue to astonish as new operas are brought to light and more familiar works are given productions and recordings that do justice to the material. "Ariodante," written in

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The scope and grandeur of Handel's operatic output -- the musical variety and inventiveness, the depth of psychological insight, as well as the sheer volume of works -- continue to astonish as new operas are brought to light and more familiar works are given productions and recordings that do justice to the material. "Ariodante," written in 1735, is nowhere nearly as frequently performed as the more famous operas like "Giulio Cesare," but neither is it entirely obscure, and there have been several very fine modern recordings. This version with Alan Curtis leading Il Complesso Barocco can be recommended without reservation to anyone coming to the opera for the first time or for anyone who's already a fan. It's sonically impeccable, with full, spacious sound that's at the same time intimate and finely detailed. Curtis has a sure grip on the opera's depths of passion and its dramatic trajectory -- the libretto, by Antonio Salvi, based on an episode from Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso," is one of the most direct and emotionally potent that the composer set -- and he brings the urgency of the story vividly to life. The superb cast is fully invested in the characters and performs with unguarded intensity. In the title role mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings with sumptuous tone, acrobatic agility, and penetrating dramatic honesty; this is a performance that even further cements her standing as one of the outstanding singing actresses of her time. The rest of the cast is very much in the same league; sopranos Karina Gauvin and Sabina Puértolas, bass Matthew Brook, and tenors Topi Lehtipuu and Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani have gorgeous voice and sure dramatic instincts, and contralto Marie Nicole Lemieux, with a voice and temperament that call Marilyn Horne to mind, practically steals the show as the villainous Duke of Alba. Il Complesso Barocco contributes as much as the singers, not only to the richly textured musical fabric but to the surging dramatic momentum. Highly recommended for fans of Baroque opera and of dazzling bel canto singing.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2011
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0825646392759
catalogNumber:
70844
Rank:
15466

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Tracks

  1. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33

    1. Overture. Adagio - Allegro  (03:25)
    2. Act 2. Sinfonia  (00:55)
    3. Act 3. Scene 1. Sinfonia ed Arioso. Numi! Lasciarmi vivere  (02:17)
    4. Overture. Alla gavotta  (01:44)
    5. Act 2. Scene 1 & 2. Recitativo. Di Dalinda l'amore  (01:34)
    6. Act 3. Scene 1. Recitativo. Perfidi! Io son tradita!  (01:23)
    7. Act 1. Scene 1 & 2. Arioso. Vezzi, lusinghe, e brio  (02:44)
    8. Act 2. Scene 1 & 2. Aria. Tu preparati a morire  (04:07)
    9. Act 3. Scene 1. Aria. Cieca notte, infidi sguardi  (06:35)
    10. Act 1. Scene 1 & 2. Recitativo. Ami dunque, o signorina?  (00:51)
    11. Act 2. Scene 1 & 2. Recitativo. Ginevra? O mio Signore!  (00:24)
    12. Act 3. Scene 2. Recitativo. Ingrato Polinesso!  (00:19)
    13. Act 1. Scene 1 & 2. Aria. Orrida a gl'occhi miei  (02:21)
    14. Act 2. Scene 1 & 2. Aria. Tu vivi, e punito  (03:43)
    15. Act 3. Scene 2. Aria. Neghittosi, or voi che fate?  (03:06)
    16. Act 1. Scene 3. Recitativo. Orgogliosa beltade!  (00:26)
    17. Act 2. Scene 3. Recitativo. E vivo ancora?  (00:20)
    18. Act 3. Scene 3. Recitativo. Sire, deh, non negare  (00:30)
    19. Act 1. Scene 3. Aria. Apri le luci, e mira  (03:27)
    20. Act 2. Scene 3. Aria. Scherza infida  (09:57)
    21. Act 3. Scene 3. Aria. Dover, giustizia, amor  (03:42)
    22. Act 1. Scene 4. Recitativo. Mie speranze, che fate?  (00:24)
    23. Act 2. Scene 4. Recitativo. Lo stral ferì nel segno  (00:36)
    24. Act 3. Scene 4 & 5. Recitativo. Or venga a me la figlia  (01:16)
    25. Act 1. Scene 4. Aria. Coperta la frode  (04:12)
    26. Act 2. Scene 4. Aria. Se tanto piace al cor  (03:19)
    27. Act 3. Scene 4 & 5. Aria. Io ti bacio, o mano augusta  (02:49)
    28. Act 1. Scene 5. Arioso. Qui d'amor nel suo linguaggio  (02:22)
    29. Act 2. Scene 5. Recitativo. Felice fu il mio inganno  (00:10)
    30. Act 3. Scene 4 & 5. Recitativo. Figlia, da dubbia sorte  (00:34)
    31. Act 1. Scene 5. Recitativo. T'amerò dunque sempre, idolo mio  (00:41)
    32. Act 2. Scene 5. Aria. Se l'inganno sortisce felice  (04:09)
    33. Act 3. Scene 4 & 5. Aria. Al sen ti stringo, e parto  (04:13)
    34. Act 1. Scene 5. Duetto. Prendi da questa mano  (02:13)
    35. Act 2. Scene 6. Recitativo. Andiam, fidi, al consiglio  (01:15)
    36. Act 3. Scene 6. Recitativo. Così mi lascia il padre?  (00:20)
    37. Act 1. Scene 6. Recitativo. Non vi turbate bell'alme innamorate  (01:14)
    38. Act 2. Scene 6. Aria. Invida sorte avara  (05:33)
    39. Act 3. Scene 6. Arioso. Sì, morrò  (01:21)
    40. Act 1. Scene 6. Aria. Volate, amori  (04:06)
    41. Act 2. Scene 7 & 8. Arioso. Mi palpita il core  (02:50)
    42. Act 3. Scene 6. Sinfonia  (00:13)
    43. Act 1. Scene 7. Recitativo. Vanne pronto, Odoardo  (00:38)
    44. Act 2. Scene 7 & 8. Recitativo. Sta' lieta, o principessa  (02:44)
    45. Act 3. Scene 7-9. Recitativo. Arrida il Cielo alla giustizia  (02:33)
    46. Act 1. Scene 7. Aria. Voli colla sua tromba  (04:30)
    47. Act 2. Scene 7 & 8. Aria. Il tuo sangue, ed il tuo zelo  (04:27)
    48. Act 3. Scene 7-9. Aria. Dopo notte atra e funesta  (07:22)
    49. Act 1. Scene 8. Recitativo. Oh felice mio core!  (00:14)
    50. Act 2. Scene 9. Recitativo. Quante sventure un giorno sol ne porta! / Scene 10. Recitativo accompag  (02:29)
    51. Act 3. Scene 10. Recitativo. Dalinda, ecco risorge  (00:29)
    52. Act 1. Scene 8. Aria. Con l'ali di costanza  (07:10)
    53. Act 2. Scene 10. Aria. Il mio crudel martoro  (08:15)
    54. Act 3. Scene 10. Duetto. Dite spera, e son contento  (04:46)
    55. Act 1. Scene 9. Recitativo. Conosco il merto tuo, cara Dalinda  (01:16)
    56. Act 2. Scene 10. Ballo. Entrée des songes agréables  (02:26)
    57. Act 3. Scene 11. Recitativo. Da dubbia infausta sorte  (00:38)
    58. Act 1. Scene 9. Aria. Spero per voi, sì, sì  (04:49)
    59. Act 2. Scene 10. Ballo. Entrée des songes funestes  (02:02)
    60. Act 3. Scene 11. Arioso. Manca, oh Dei! la mia costanza / Sinfonia  (01:05)
    61. Act 1. Scene 10. Recitativo. Dalinda, in occidente già cade il sole  (00:30)
    62. Act 2. Scene 10. Ballo. Entrée des songes agréables effrayés  (00:44)
    63. Act 3. Scene 12. Recitativo. Figlia, innocente figlia  (01:18)
    64. Act 1. Scene 10. Aria. Del mio sol vezzosi rai  (05:49)
    65. Act 2. Scene 10. Ballo. Combat des songes funestes et agréables  (01:18)
    66. Act 3. Scene 12. Duetto. Bramo aver mille vite  (05:01)
    67. Act 1. Scene 11. Recitativo. Ah, che quest'alma amante  (00:18)
    68. Act 2. Scene 10. Recitativo accompagnato. Che vidi? Oh Dei!  (00:19)
    69. Act 3. Scena ultima. Coro. Ognuno acclami bella virtute  (03:23)
    70. Act 1. Scene 11. Aria. Il primo ardor  (03:46)
    71. Act 3. Scena ultima. Ballo. Gavotte  (00:55)
    72. Act 1. Scene 12 & 13. Recitativo. Pare, ovunque m'aggiri  (00:50)
    73. Act 3. Scena ultima. Ballo. Rondeau  (00:58)
    74. Act 1. Scene 12 & 13. Sinfonia Pastorale  (00:41)
    75. Act 3. Scena ultima. Ballo. Bourrée  (00:52)
    76. Act 1. Scene 12 & 13. Duetto. Se rinasce nel mio cor / Coro. Si godete al vostro amor  (02:21)
    77. Act 3. Scena ultima. Coro. Sa trionfar ognor virtute  (01:03)
    78. Act 1. Scene 12 & 13. Ballo. Ballo di Ninfe, Pastori e pastorelle  (01:05)
    79. Act 1. Scene 12 & 13. Ballo. Musette 1: Lentement  (01:46)
    80. Act 1. Scene 12 & 13. Ballo. Musette 2. Andante  (00:54)
    81. Act 1. Scene 12 & 13. Ballo. Allegro  (01:39)
    82. Act 1. Scene 12 & 13. Coro. Si godete al vostro amor  (01:09)

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