Handel: Operatic Arias

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The young American countertenor David Daniels scores here in a collection of Handel arias, perfectly designed for the sensuous beauty and dramatic weight of his voice. Daniels has unusual reserves of lung power in gracefully arching slower arias like the famous "Ombra mai fù." His expansive temperament makes the heroic aria "Vivi, tiranno," from the opera "Rodelina" thrillingly violent. Daniels's unique vocal personality is perfectly scaled for Baroque opera. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, led by Roger Norrington, refreshingly cools down this feverish recital of songs about vengeance and love.
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Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
The young American countertenor David Daniels scores here in a collection of Handel arias, perfectly designed for the sensuous beauty and dramatic weight of his voice. Daniels has unusual reserves of lung power in gracefully arching slower arias like the famous "Ombra mai fù." His expansive temperament makes the heroic aria "Vivi, tiranno," from the opera "Rodelina" thrillingly violent. Daniels's unique vocal personality is perfectly scaled for Baroque opera. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, led by Roger Norrington, refreshingly cools down this feverish recital of songs about vengeance and love.
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Daniels displays and deploys his talent here in a wide range of arias reflective and dramatic.... He uses his impeccable Italian to express wide-ranging emotions.... The recording is blameless so there’s every reason to try this fine exposition of the countertenor’s art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/1/1998
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 724354532627
  • Catalog Number: 45326

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Frondi tenere - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (0:44)
  2. 2 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fù - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (3:05)
  3. 3 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Va Tacito e nascosto - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (6:03)
  4. 4 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Al lampo dell' armi - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (3:09)
  5. 5 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Dall' ondoso periglio - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (2:02)
  6. 6 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Aure, deh, per pietà - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (5:28)
  7. 7 Tamerlano, opera, HWV 18: A dispetto - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (4:38)
  8. 8 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: E vivo ancora - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (0:23)
  9. 9 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Scherza infida - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (8:41)
  10. 10 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Cara speme - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (4:51)
  11. 11 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: L'angue offeso - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (5:04)
  12. 12 Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Pompe vane di morte - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (1:58)
  13. 13 Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Dove sei, amato bene? - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (4:17)
  14. 14 Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Vivi, tiramo - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (5:23)
  15. 15 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Cara sposa, amante cara - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (9:52)
  16. 16 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Venti, turbini - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (3:42)
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David Daniels [countertenor] Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathtakingly Beautiful Voice

    Speaking to all those normal everyday people who are also avid opera fans (like me), do not miss out on David Daniels! The countertenor voice is a bit of a phenomenom just now as it hasn't been widely sung in the last century or so. But DD has worked hard and succeeded in bringing the voice back to the limelight. His voice is absolutely one of the most gorgeous sounds I have ever heard - dripping with beauty. It soothes the senses like a draught of cool water. And it is full of emotion. I have not listened to much Handel opera besides this CD, but it includes a booklet with the translations which is very helpful. "Ombra mai fu" following a recitative is a lovely opening for the record. My personal favorites are "A Dispetto" and "Scherza infida." Their differences are marked - one full of anger and the other full of bitter sorrow. Please everyone listen to DD as soon as you can get ahold of his CD's, because this is one of THE voices of the century!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stellar Performance and a Sign of the Greatness to Come

    It is hard to imagine that there could be a finer recital disc of Handel’s arias than this one reflecting the exquisite taste and powerful talent of David Daniels…unless of course, you count his splendid follow-up disc of Handel’s oratorio arias released in 2002 (also strongly recommended). But the focus in this 1998 release is the rich music within six of Handel’s best-known operas. Now nearly six years after its release, this recording not only holds up beautifully as an introduction to his prodigious talent, but also demonstrates his keen sense of adventure when his voice was at its most pure and unfettered. Daniels’ coloratura technique is amazingly seasoned even at this point of his career, and he approaches each aria in a singular fashion with that incredibly flexible legato that is literally breathtaking. Compare the impressive runs he employs on his rendition of “A dispitto” from “Tamerlano” to his seductive and sonorous tones on “Aure, deh, per pietà” from “Giulio Cesare in Egritto”, and you get an idea of the range of emotion and technique of which Daniels is capable. Listening to the two arias from “Rodelinda” will make you recognize how over the course of twelve minutes, he has shown the two distinct sides of Bertarido - the mournful, dejected husband who goes unrecognized in “Pompe van di morte…Dove Sei?” and his enemy’s savior at the end with “Vivi, tiranno”. The two arias from “Rinaldo” are also beautifully performed. Six years later, one can appreciate these versions within the context of Daniels’ career, as he later recorded the title role in the famous 2000 recital recording of the opera with Cecila Bartoli and yet again in the 2001 David Alden staging of the opera captured recently on DVD. I recommend getting your hands on all three and comparing the performances, as all are wonderful but quite different. Personally I think his voice ripened to just the right timbre in the Alden-staged version, especially during the opera’s centerpiece, “Cara aposa, amante cara”. Of all the stellar selections, it is really difficult to pick just one as a favorite, but his version of “E vivo ancora....Scherza infida” from “Ariodante” is especially moving in the way he sings of his plight in being humiliated by an unfaithful woman. Written for a castrato named Carestini in 1735, it is a sublime piece made all the more moving by the warm, round tones Daniels brings to it. Sir Roger Norrington and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment provide able accompaniment on period instruments, never intrusive or jarring to the ears. It is easy to tell from this recording why Daniels received so much hype for bringing the countertenor voice to the mainstream and why his career has been so meteoric since the release of this disc. Now you can see that it was more than hype…David Daniels is the real thing.

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