Handel: Tamerlano

Handel: Tamerlano

by Xavier Sabata

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Overview

Handel: Tamerlano

It's hard to know where to start in enumerating the virtues of this recording of Handel's opera "Tamerlano, HWV 18," composed in 1724 and revised and revived in 1731 (the latter version is heard here). Start with the opera itself, which might be called the most adult of Handel's operas and is far from being as well known as it should be. Loosely based on a play by Christopher Marlowe, the opera tells the story of the Mongol king Tamerlane, his conquest of part of the Ottoman empire, and the love triangles that resulted. It's full of themes of sadism and psychological torture, expertly captured in the music. Next come the singers, who are asked to do a great deal in this opera: it requires a pair of countertenors and a tenor who can match the international stars for whom Handel was writing in range of both voice and characterization. This listeners get in Xavier Sabata as Tamerlano, Max Emanuel Cencic as Andronico, and John Mark Ainsley as the doomed Turkish leader Bajazet. Then there's the orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro and conductor Riccardo Minasi, who maintain a tough, wiry tension throughout the opera's three acts. Finally, though one could go on at length, there's the sound, which gives the singers room to maneuver but doesn't put them in a space that doesn't sound like a theater. This could be the recording that puts Tamerlano into the central Handel repertory.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2014
Label: Naive
UPC: 0822186053737
catalogNumber: 5373
Rank: 99765

Tracks

  1. Tamerlano, opera, HWV 18

    1. Ouverture  (01:39)
    2. Act 2. Scene 1. Recitativo  (01:11)
    3. Act 3. Scene 1. Recitativo  (02:47)
    4. Allegro - Adagio  (01:54)
    5. Act 2. Scene 1. Aria. Bella gara  (04:48)
    6. Act 3. Scene 1. Aria. Cor di padre  (09:20)
    7. Menuet  (01:25)
    8. Act 2. Scene 2. Recitativo  (01:34)
    9. Act 3. Scene 2. Recitativo  (02:47)
    10. Act 1. Scene 1. Sinfonia. Largo e staccato / Scene 1. Recitativo / Scene 1. Largo e staccato  (02:01)
    11. Act 2. Scene 2. Aria. Non è più tempo  (02:32)
    12. Act 3. Scene 3. Recitativo  (01:16)
    13. Act 1. Scene 1. Recitativo  (02:18)
    14. Act 2. Scene 3. Recitativo accompagato  (00:56)
    15. Act 3. Scene 3. Aria. A dispetto d'un volto ingrato  (04:22)
    16. Act 1. Scene 1. Aria. Forte e lieto  (03:56)
    17. Act 2. Scene 3. Aria. Cerco invano di placare  (05:31)
    18. Act 3. Scene 4. Recitativo  (01:11)
    19. Act 1. Scene 2. Recitativo  (02:00)
    20. Act 2. Scene 4. Recitativo  (01:19)
    21. Act 3. Scene 5. Recitativo  (00:34)
    22. Act 1. Scene 2. Aria. Vuò dar pace  (04:46)
    23. Act 2. Scene 5. Recitativo  (00:37)
    24. Act 3. Scene 5. Duetto. Vivo in te  (06:41)
    25. Act 1. Scene 3. Recitativo  (00:25)
    26. Act 2. Scene 6. Recitativo  (00:32)
    27. Act 3. Scene 6. Recitativo  (00:50)
    28. Act 1. Scene 3. Aria. Bella Asteria  (05:39)
    29. Act 2. Scene 6. Aria. Par che mi nasca in seno  (05:54)
    30. Act 3. Scene 6. Aria. Crudel più non son io  (02:56)
    31. Act 1. Scene 4. Recitativo  (01:17)
    32. Act 2. Scene 6. Recitativo  (00:26)
    33. Act 3. Scene 7. Recitativo  (00:43)
    34. Act 1. Scene 4. Aria. Dammi pace  (04:00)
    35. Act 2. Scene 6. Aria. Amor dà guerra e pace  (04:05)
    36. Act 3. Scene 7. Aria. Nel mondo e nell'abisso  (04:58)
    37. Act 1. Scene 5. Recitativo  (00:23)
    38. Act 2. Scene 7. Recitativo  (01:09)
    39. Act 3. Scene 8. Recitativo  (01:37)
    40. Act 1. Scene 5. Aria. S'ei non mi vuol amar  (05:49)
    41. Act 2. Scene 7. Aria. A' suoi piedi  (06:36)
    42. Act 3. Scene 8. Aria. Se non mi rendi  (02:32)
    43. Act 1. Scene 6. Recitativo  (02:30)
    44. Act 2. Scene 8. Recitativo  (00:21)
    45. Act 3. Scene 9. Recitativo  (03:03)
    46. Act 1. Scene 6. Aria. Ciel e terra armi di sdegno  (03:29)
    47. Act 2. Scene 8. Aria. Più d'una tigre altero  (03:27)
    48. Act 3. Scene 9. Recitativo accompagnato  (00:46)
    49. Act 1. Scene 7. Recitativo  (00:58)
    50. Act 2. Scene 9. Recitativo  (04:36)
    51. Act 3. Scene 9. Arioso e recitativo. Folle sei  (02:57)
    52. Act 1. Scene 7. Aria. Deh, lasciatemi  (06:09)
    53. Act 2. Scene 10. Recitativo, recitativo accompagato  (05:30)
    54. Act 3. Scene 9. Recitativo accompagnato  (00:30)
    55. Act 1. Scene 8. Recitativo  (01:54)
    56. Act 2. Scene 10. Terzetto. Voglio strage (version 1724)  (01:21)
    57. Act 3. Scene 9. Aria. Empio, per farti guerra  (03:56)
    58. Act 1. Scene 8. Aria. Dal crudel che m'ha tradita  (03:11)
    59. Act 2. Scene 10. Recitativo  (00:05)
    60. Act 3. Scene 9. Recitativo  (00:42)
    61. Act 1. Scene 9. Recitativo  (01:12)
    62. Act 2. Scene 10. Arietta. No, no, il tuo sdegno  (01:31)
    63. Act 3. Scene 10. Recitativo  (01:13)
    64. Act 1. Scene 9. Aria. Benché mi sprezzi  (05:43)
    65. Act 2. Scene 10. Recitativo  (00:07)
    66. Act 3. Scene 11. Recitativo  (00:56)
    67. Act 2. Scene 10. Arietta. No, che del tuo gran cor  (01:02)
    68. Act 3. Scene 11. Recitativo accompagnato, recitativo  (02:46)
    69. Act 2. Scene 10. Recitativo  (00:06)
    70. Act 3. Scene 11. Arioso. Figlia mia  (01:48)
    71. Act 2. Scene 10. Arietta. No, che sei tanto costante  (01:02)
    72. Act 3. Scene 11. Recitativo accompagnato  (03:06)
    73. Act 2. Scene 10. Recitativo  (00:23)
    74. Act 3. Scena ultima. Recitativo  (01:07)
    75. Act 2. Scene 10. Aria. Se potessi un dì placare  (04:54)
    76. Act 3. Scena ultima. Coro. D'atra notte  (02:57)

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