Handel: Flavio, Re de' Longobardi

Handel: Flavio, Re de' Longobardi

by Early Opera Company

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Overview

Handel: Flavio, Re de' Longobardi

Early music specialists are still working through the wealth of Handel operas that began coming more to light in the late 20th century. "Flavio, Rè di Longobardi" remains one of his more obscure works. Its musical variety and richness make it a piece that deserves more attention and this excellent recording in Chandos' series of Baroque operas featuring Christian Curnyn and Early Opera Company makes a strong case for it. The plot, like that of many of Handel's operas, is convoluted to the point of being indecipherable, but each of the characters is carefully drawn. These singers invest each one with an incisive dramatic distinctiveness, and their voices are different enough that here is never in doubt as to which characters are singing. Curnyn leads a superb cast in an elegant performance. Countertenors Tim Mead and Iestyn Davies have voices that aren't particularly large, but they sing with effortless-sounding agility and lyrical attention to long lines, and because Mead is an alto and Davies a mezzo their voices are always easy to distinguish. The women, soprano Rosemary Joshua, Renata Pokupic, and contralto Hilary Summers, are all stellar, with warm, large, sensuous voices that they deploy with shapely musicality and dramatic insight. (In a disorienting voicing decision, for one pair of lovers Handel writes the women's part for a contralto and the trousers male role for mezzo-soprano.) Tenor Thomas Walker and bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams are also compelling, almost but not quite in the same league. The Early Opera Company delivers a polished performance that conveys both the score's drama and its sometimes less than serious commentary on the characters' plights. Chandos' sound is clean and immediate.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2010
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115077320
catalogNumber: 773
Rank: 180892

Tracks

  1. Flavio, Rè di Longobardi, opera, HWV 16

    1. No. 1. Overture  (04:23)
    2. Act 2. Scene 7. No. 29. Recitativo. Di Teodata assai men vago splende  (00:56)
    3. Act 1. Scene 1. No. 2. Recitativo. Fra i ciechi orror' notturni  (00:42)
    4. Act 2. Scene 7. No. 30. Aria. Chi può mirare  (03:46)
    5. Act 1. Scene 1. No. 3. Duetto. Ricordati, mio ben  (04:29)
    6. Act 2. Scene 8. No. 31. Recitativo. Teodata!  (01:04)
    7. Act 1. Scene 2. No. 4. Sinfonia  (00:20)
    8. Act 2. Scene 8. No. 32. Aria. Con un vezzo, con un riso  (04:36)
    9. Act 1. Scene 2. No. 5. Recitativo. Lotario, al sacro nodo - / Scene 3. Recitativo. Con l'alma rever  (01:46)
    10. Act 2. Scene 9. No. 33. Recitativo. Amo, e quel ben ch'adoro  (00:40)
    11. Act 1. Scene 3. No. 6. Aria. Quanto dolci, quanto care  (03:48)
    12. Act 2. Scene 9. No. 34. Aria. Non credo instabile  (04:55)
    13. Act 1. Scene 4. No. 7. Recitativo. Son pur felice al fine  (00:25)
    14. Act 2. Scene 10. No. 35. Recitativo. Io deluso? Lotario? ed altri miete - / Scene 11. Recitativo. A  (03:10)
    15. Act 1. Scene 4. No. 8. Aria. Bel contento già gode quest'alma  (05:27)
    16. Act 2. Scene 11. No. 36. Aria. Ma chi punir desio?  (06:36)
    17. Act 1. Scene 5. No. 9. Recitativo. O dell'Italo soglio, eccelso nume  (01:35)
    18. Act 3. Scene 1. No. 37. Recitativo. Alma, tu non m'intendi  (01:28)
    19. Act 1. Scene 5. No. 10. Aria. Benché povera donzella  (05:19)
    20. Act 3. Scene 1. No. 38. Aria. Da te parto; ma concedi  (04:31)
    21. Act 1. Scene 6. No. 11. Recitativo. Della mia prole Emilia - / Scene 7. Recitativo. Di qual sovrano  (02:13)
    22. Act 3. Scene 2. No. 39. Recitativo. Guido, Lotario uccise?  (01:06)
    23. Act 1. Scene 7. No. 12. Aria. Se a te vissi fedele  (03:03)
    24. Act 3. Scene 2. No. 40. Arioso e recitativo. Corrispondi a chi ti adora  (02:15)
    25. Act 1. Scene 8. No. 13. Recitativo. Vitige!  (00:45)
    26. Act 3. Scene 2. No. 41. Aria. Starvi accanto e non languire  (03:19)
    27. Act 1. Scene 8. No. 14. Aria. Di quel bel che m'innamora  (02:49)
    28. Act 3. Scene 2. No. 42. Recitativo. Barbara Teodata  (00:17)
    29. Act 1. Scene 9. No. 15. Recitativo. Io vo temendo, O Dio  (00:14)
    30. Act 3. Scene 2. No. 43. Aria. Che colpa è la mia  (04:13)
    31. Act 1. Scene 9. No. 16. Aria. Che bel contento  (02:53)
    32. Act 3. Scene 3. No. 44. Recitativo. Del nuovo amante, dell'impero accesa  (00:43)
    33. Act 1. Scene 10. No. 17. Recitativo. Ah! Quido, Guido! - / Scene 11. Recitativo. Amor, Emilia vita  (02:03)
    34. Act 3. Scene 3. No. 45. Aria. Sirti, scogli, tempeste, procelle  (03:34)
    35. Act 1. Scene 11. No. 18. Aria. L'armellin vita non cura  (05:06)
    36. Act 3. Scene 4. No. 46. Accompagnato. O Guido, o mio tiranno! - / Recitativo. Emilia, eccoti al pie  (02:56)
    37. Act 1. Scene 12. No. 19. Recitativo. Guido? Consorte? - / Scene 13. Recitativo. Chi mai l'intende,  (02:12)
    38. Act 3. Scene 4. No. 47. Aria. Amor, nel mio penar  (06:17)
    39. Act 1. Scene 13. No. 20. Aria. Amante stravagante  (03:50)
    40. Act 3. Scene 5. No. 48. Recitativo. Vitige! - / Scene 6. Recitativo. Signor, se il mio delitto - /  (03:01)
    41. Act 2. Scene 1. No. 21. Recitativo. Al tuo cenno reale ubbidiente - / Scene 2. Recitativo. Dove, do  (02:36)
    42. Act 3. Scene 7. No. 49. Duetto. Deh, perdona, o dolce bene  (06:37)
    43. Act 2. Scene 3. No. 22. Aria. Fato tiranno e crudo  (02:56)
    44. Act 3. Scene 7. No. 50. Recitativo. E tu, Vitige, in pena  (00:37)
    45. Act 2. Scene 4. No. 23. Recitativo. Dunque per le mie nozze  (00:29)
    46. Act 3. Scene 7. No. 51. Coro. Doni pace ad ogni core  (02:34)
    47. Act 2. Scene 4. No. 24. Aria. S'egli ti chiede affetto  (03:28)
    48. Act 2. Scene 5. No. 25. Recitativo. Che mai chiedete, o stelle  (01:29)
    49. Act 2. Scene 5. No. 26. Aria. Parto, sì; ma non so poi  (07:01)
    50. Act 2. Scene 6. No. 27. Recitativo. Privarmi ancora  (00:23)
    51. Act 2. Scene 6. No. 28. Aria. Rompo i lacci, e frango i dardi  (05:02)

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