Handel: Cleopatra Arias

Handel: Cleopatra Arias

by Natalie Dessay

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Handel: Cleopatra Arias

The fact that the role of Handel's Cleopatra includes enough music to fill out a CD, and that, combined with the music's demands for immense virtuosity and versatility, makes it a daunting challenge and Natalie Dessay is impressive in her account of these excerpts. Dessay's singing is not entirely consistent throughout the album, recorded in 2010, whether because some arias are simply better suited to her voice than others, or because she was not at her best for some of the recording sessions. While the agility and precision of her coloratura are always intact, in some selections, such as the arias "Tutto può donna vezzosa," and "Venere bella," Dessay's voice sounds lighter than it does on albums from earlier in her career, and even a little breathy in her lower register. In other arias, though, she conveys the remarkable fullness and purity for which she is renowned. "Se pieta di me non senti" is breathtaking; her gleaming tone is practically voluptuous and she spins lines of miraculously velvety smoothness and searing emotional intensity. "Piangerò la sorte mia" and the substitution aria "Per dar vita all'idol mio" are other highlights that showcase Dessay at her most vocally and dramatically dazzling. Mezzo-soprano Sonia Prina as Caesar is a capable partner for Dessay in several recitatives and the duet, "Caro! Bella!" Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée, frequent collaborators with Dessay, bring their characteristic finesse, spirited intelligence, and dramatic urgency to the music, and the realizations of the continuo parts are especially inventive. Virgin Classics' sound is exceptionally vivid and present, with good balance.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
Label: Erato
UPC: 0825646377558
catalogNumber: 7872
Rank: 248113

Tracks

  1. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Ouverture.

    1. Ouverture.  (02:41)
  2. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 1. Scene 7. Tutto può donna vezzosa

    1. Act 1. Scene 7. Tutto può donna vezzosa  (04:57)
  3. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 2. Taci! Che fia?

    1. Act 2. Scene 2. Taci! Che fia?  (01:46)
  4. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 2. V'adoro, pupille

    1. Act 2. Scene 2. V'adoro, pupille  (05:06)
  5. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 7. Esser qui deve in breve

    1. Act 2. Scene 7. Esser qui deve in breve  (00:34)
  6. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 7. Venere bella

    1. Act 2. Scene 7. Venere bella  (05:02)
  7. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 8. Che sento? Oh dio!

    1. Act 2. Scene 8. Che sento? Oh dio!  (00:49)
  8. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 8. Se pietà di me non senti

    1. Act 2. Scene 8. Se pietà di me non senti  (09:08)
  9. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 8. Per dar vita all'idol mio

    1. Act 2. Scene 8. Per dar vita all'idol mio  (03:57)
  10. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 2. Sinfonica bellica

    1. Act 2. Sinfonica bellica  (01:11)
  11. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 3. E pur così in un giorno

    1. Act 3. Scene 3. E pur così in un giorno  (00:37)
  12. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 3. Piangerò la sorte mia

    1. Act 3. Scene 3. Piangerò la sorte mia  (06:29)
  13. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 3. Troppo crudeli siete

    1. Act 3. Scene 3. Troppo crudeli siete  (06:20)
  14. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 7. Voi che mie fide ancelle

    1. Act 3. Scene 7. Voi che mie fide ancelle  (01:41)
  15. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 7. Forzai l'ingresso a tua salvezza,

    1. Act 3. Scene 7. Forzai l'ingresso a tua salvezza, o cara!  (00:45)
  16. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 7. Da tempeste il legno infranto

    1. Act 3. Scene 7. Da tempeste il legno infranto  (05:54)
  17. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 3. Sinfonia

    1. Act 3. Sinfonia  (02:45)
  18. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 3. Final scene. Bellissima Cleopatra

    1. Act 3. Final scene. Bellissima Cleopatra  (00:43)
  19. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 3. Final scene. Caro! Bella!

    1. Act 3. Final scene. Caro! Bella!  (04:56)

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