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Joyce DiDonato|Handel: Alcina

Handel: Alcina

Joyce DiDonato, Maite Beaumont, Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina, Kobie van Rensburg, Laura Cherici, Vito Priante, Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis

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It's a pleasure to have such an abundance of excellent recordings of Handel operas that were long virtually unknown or available on CD in a single version, if at all. Alan Curtis' stellar recording of Alcina, which joins a respectable number of very fine recordings of the opera, is remarkable for the supple liveliness of his conducting and the outstanding performances of the soloists. The elasticity of his performance, leading Il Complesso Barocco, should dispel any misconceptions about Baroque music being rigid and metronomic. The nuanced care with which he brings out the emotional depth of Handel's writing is evident from the first measures of the overture and enlivens the entire opera. The opera is one of Handel's strongest, both in its sensuous, endlessly inventive music, and in the coherence and emotional complexity of its libretto, taken by an anonymous writer from Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso," the source of many operas of the era, and Curtis and the singers give it fiery dramatic urgency. The soloists assembled here, veterans of Baroque opera, perform with assurance and fluent familiarity with the style. The intelligence and emotional rightness of their ornamentation in the da capo arias is especially impressive, and they handle the florid pyrotechnics with polish and an engaging sense of spontaneity. Joyce DiDonato is stunning in the title role, with the intensity of a force of nature, and Maite Beaumont as Ruggiero and Karina Gauvin as Morgana are no less impressive. The women who are less well known, Sonia Prina and Laura Cherici, are just as astonishing in their virtuosity and the consistent purity and beauty of their tone quality; these are singers to watch out for. Bass Vito Priante sings with comparable effectiveness, but tenor Kobie van Rensburg doesn't quite have the ideal vocal heft for his role, although otherwise his performance is exemplary. The sound is immaculate and clean and intensely present. This version of Alcina should delight fans of Baroque opera and might even make converts of opera lovers who have never warmed to this repertoire.
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Alcina, HWV 34 / Overture (Georg Friedrich Händel)

1
Overture
00:03:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Musette
00:01:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
Menuet
00:00:57

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Alcina, HWV 34 / Act 1 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

4
Oh Dei! Quivi non scorgo
Sonia Prina
00:01:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Karina Gauvin, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Vito Priante, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
O s'apre al riso
Karina Gauvin
00:05:20

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Gauvin, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Questo è il cielo de' contenti
Il Complesso Barocco
00:02:22

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Gavotte
00:00:59

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Sarabande
00:01:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Gavotte da capo
00:00:36

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Menuett
00:01:41

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Gavotte
00:00:49

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Ecco l'infido
Karina Gauvin
00:01:05

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Gauvin, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Vito Priante, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
Di' cor mio, quanto t'amai
Joyce DiDonato
00:07:16

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Generosi guerrier, deh
Laura Cherici
00:00:47

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Vito Priante, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Chi m'insegna il caro padre
Laura Cherici
00:03:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
Mi ravvisi, Ruggier
Sonia Prina
00:00:48

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Vito Priante, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
Di te mi rido, semplice stolto
Maïté Beaumont
00:04:33

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
Qua dunque
Kobie van Rensburg
00:00:39

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Karina Gauvin, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Kobie van Rensburg, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
È gelosia, forza è d'amore
Sonia Prina
00:03:52

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
Io dunque
Kobie van Rensburg
00:01:08

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Karina Gauvin, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Kobie van Rensburg, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
Bramo di trionfar
Maïté Beaumont
00:06:45

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
La cerco invano
Maïté Beaumont
00:01:06

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Kobie van Rensburg, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

23
Semplicetto! a donna credi?
Kobie van Rensburg
00:05:58

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Kobie van Rensburg, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24
Ah, infedele, infedel!
Maïté Beaumont
00:01:34

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

25
Si, son quella, non più bella
Joyce DiDonato
00:06:28

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

26
Se nemico mi fossi
Sonia Prina
00:00:50

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Vito Priante, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

27
La bocca vaga
Maïté Beaumont
00:04:52

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

28
A quai strani perigli
Vito Priante
00:00:56

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Karina Gauvin, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Vito Priante, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

29
Tornami a vagheggiar
Karina Gauvin
00:05:12

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Gauvin, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

DISC 2

Alcina, HWV 34 / Act 2 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

1
Col celarvi a chi v'ama un momento
Maïté Beaumont
00:02:31

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Vito Priante, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Qual portento mi richiama
Maïté Beaumont
00:02:32

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Vito Priante, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
Pensa a chi geme
Vito Priante
00:05:06

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Vito Priante, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Qual odio
Sonia Prina
00:01:12

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Vorrei vendicarmi del perfido cor
Sonia Prina
00:04:06

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Chi scuopre al mio pensiero
Maïté Beaumont
00:00:18

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Mi lusinga il dolce affetto
Maïté Beaumont
00:06:47

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
S'acquieti il rio sospetto
Joyce DiDonato
00:01:09

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Karina Gauvin, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Ama, sospira, ma non t'offende
Karina Gauvin
00:07:08

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Gauvin, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Non scorgo
Joyce DiDonato
00:00:54

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Mio bel tesoro
Maïté Beaumont
00:06:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Regina, io cerco in vano
Laura Cherici
00:00:58

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
Tra speme e timore
Laura Cherici
00:03:44

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Regina, sei tradita!
Kobie van Rensburg
00:00:34

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Kobie van Rensburg, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Ah! mio cor! schemito sei!
Joyce DiDonato
00:09:31

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
Or, che dici
Kobie van Rensburg
00:00:53

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Gauvin, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Kobie van Rensburg, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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E' un folle, è un vil affetto
Kobie van Rensburg
00:03:57

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Kobie van Rensburg, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
Ed è ver che mi narri?
Laura Cherici
00:01:24

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Karina Gauvin, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
Verdi prati
Maïté Beaumont
00:04:07

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
Ah! Ruggiero crudel, tu non mi amasti!
Joyce DiDonato
00:02:40

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
Ombre pallide, lo so, mi udite
Joyce DiDonato
00:06:40

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Ludovico Ariosto, Author, Original Text Author - Mark Buecker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marita Prohmann, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

It's a pleasure to have such an abundance of excellent recordings of Handel operas that were long virtually unknown or available on CD in a single version, if at all. Alan Curtis' stellar recording of Alcina, which joins a respectable number of very fine recordings of the opera, is remarkable for the supple liveliness of his conducting and the outstanding performances of the soloists. The elasticity of his performance, leading Il Complesso Barocco, should dispel any misconceptions about Baroque music being rigid and metronomic. The nuanced care with which he brings out the emotional depth of Handel's writing is evident from the first measures of the overture and enlivens the entire opera. The opera is one of Handel's strongest, both in its sensuous, endlessly inventive music, and in the coherence and emotional complexity of its libretto, taken by an anonymous writer from Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso," the source of many operas of the era, and Curtis and the singers give it fiery dramatic urgency. The soloists assembled here, veterans of Baroque opera, perform with assurance and fluent familiarity with the style. The intelligence and emotional rightness of their ornamentation in the da capo arias is especially impressive, and they handle the florid pyrotechnics with polish and an engaging sense of spontaneity. Joyce DiDonato is stunning in the title role, with the intensity of a force of nature, and Maite Beaumont as Ruggiero and Karina Gauvin as Morgana are no less impressive. The women who are less well known, Sonia Prina and Laura Cherici, are just as astonishing in their virtuosity and the consistent purity and beauty of their tone quality; these are singers to watch out for. Bass Vito Priante sings with comparable effectiveness, but tenor Kobie van Rensburg doesn't quite have the ideal vocal heft for his role, although otherwise his performance is exemplary. The sound is immaculate and clean and intensely present. This version of Alcina should delight fans of Baroque opera and might even make converts of opera lovers who have never warmed to this repertoire.
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