Handel: Giove in Argo

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Handel's "Giove in Argo" (Jupiter in Argos) is bottom-of-the-barrel stuff, a pastiche (or, in the parlance of the time, pasticcio) of numbers from earlier operas stitched together into a mythological-pastoral plot that is absurd even by the standards of Baroque opera. It is a notable sign of the success of the Baroque opera revival that this has appeared on a semi-major label, Virgin Classics. The pieces were all from operas that were fairly recent at the time, and it's possible that the work was intended as a kind of greatest-hits reprise, but London audiences did not bite; the opera was long thought to be lost, and it had its modern premiere only in 2006, with newly ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Handel's "Giove in Argo" (Jupiter in Argos) is bottom-of-the-barrel stuff, a pastiche (or, in the parlance of the time, pasticcio) of numbers from earlier operas stitched together into a mythological-pastoral plot that is absurd even by the standards of Baroque opera. It is a notable sign of the success of the Baroque opera revival that this has appeared on a semi-major label, Virgin Classics. The pieces were all from operas that were fairly recent at the time, and it's possible that the work was intended as a kind of greatest-hits reprise, but London audiences did not bite; the opera was long thought to be lost, and it had its modern premiere only in 2006, with newly written recitatives. The curious will do well with this release by the reliable conductor Alan Curtis, the very unusual mezzo-soprano Theodora Baka, longtime Curtis soprano Karina Gauvin, and the group Il Complesso Barocco. You also get a detailed booklet essay by the work's rediscoverer, John H. Roberts. Handel seems to have put his strongest numbers up front; the first act is a good deal more exciting than the other two. There are a lot of choruses, and Oh quanto bella gloria, a celebration of hunting set in the mighty harmonic blocks that only Handel could manage, is prime mature Handel. Several of the arias are also top-notch, and everything's well performed. Probably for Handel completists, but everything is well done, including the engineering from the entirely appropriate Villa San Fermo in Italy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2013
  • Label: Erato
  • EAN: 5099972311622
  • Catalog Number: 231162
  • Sales rank: 134,940

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–60 Giove in Argo (Jupiter in Argos), opera, HWV A14 - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (156:20)
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Performance Credits
Alan Curtis Primary Artist
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