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Joyce DiDonato|Handel: Radamisto, HWV 12a

Handel: Radamisto, HWV 12a

Joyce DiDonato, Patrizia Ciofi, Il Complesso Barocco & Alan Curtis

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An ambitious German composer newly arrived in England in 1710, it took Handel a decade to suss out what would best tickle English musical tastes, finally settling on Italian serious opera with a dash of English semi-opera. He finally hit the bullseye in 1720 with Radamisto. Played 10 times in its first run, Radamisto was revised for a new cast and premiered again within months, then revived in its revised version for a third run the following season. Unfortunately, Radamisto has not fared as well on recordings with only two more than adequate but less than inspired performances in print prior to the release of this recording -- Horst-Tanu Margraf's stately 1962 recording with the Händel-Festspielorchester Halle and Nicholas McGegan's sprightly 1993 recording with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra -- and this superlative 2003 recording with the experienced Alan Curtis leading Il Complesso Barocco is a distinct improvement on both of them. There's the singing, which ranges from the way more than competent Zachary Stains to the absolutely thrilling Patrizia Ciofi. There's the playing, which is unfailingly passionate and invariably polished. There's the conducting, which is both highly dramatic and magnificently structural. And finally there's the sound, which is clear and deep and honest. While not perhaps the greatest of Handel's English operas, this recording makes a compelling case for checking the work out.
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1
Radamisto, HWV 12a: Overture
Alan Curtis
00:04:24

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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2
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 1: Cavatina. "Sommi dei" (Polissena)
Alan Curtis
00:02:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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3
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 1: Recitativo. "Reina, infausto avviso" (Tigrane, Polissena)
Alan Curtis
00:01:12

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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4
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 1: Aria. "Deh, fuggi un traditore" (Fraarte)
Alan Curtis
00:03:18

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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5
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 2: Recitativo. "Ecco l'infido sposo" (Polissena, Tiridate)
Alan Curtis
00:00:59

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Zachary Stains, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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6
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 2: Aria. "Tu vuoi ch'io parta" (Polissena)
Alan Curtis
00:04:29

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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7
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 3: Recitativo. "Il crudel odio tuo" (Farasmane, Tiridate)
Alan Curtis
00:01:30

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Zachary Stains, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Carlo Lepore, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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8
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 3: Aria. "Stragi, morti, sangue ed armi" (Tiridate)
Alan Curtis
00:04:02

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Zachary Stains, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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9
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 4: Recitativo. "Ove seguir mi vuoi, sposa infelice" (Radamisto, Zenobia)
Alan Curtis
00:00:55

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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10
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 4: Aria. "Cara sposa, amato bene" (Radamisto)
Alan Curtis
00:04:35

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 5: Recitativo. "Ver le nemiche mura avanzate" (Fraate, Zenobia, Radamisto, Farasmane)
Alan Curtis
00:02:12

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Carlo Lepore, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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12
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 5: Aria. "Son contenta di morire" (Zenobia)
Alan Curtis
00:04:42

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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13
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 6: Recitativo. "Seguila, o figlio" (Farasmane, Radamisto, Fraate)
Alan Curtis
00:00:44

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Carlo Lepore, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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14
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 6: Aria. "Ferite, uccidete, o numi del ciel" (Radamisto)
Alan Curtis
00:04:04

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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15
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 7: Recitativo. "Fraate, omai quel ferro a me doni la morte" (Farasmane, Tigrane, Fraate)
Alan Curtis
00:00:35

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Carlo Lepore, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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16
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 7: Aria. "Son lievi le catene" (Farasmane)
Alan Curtis
00:04:28

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Carlo Lepore, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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17
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 8: Recitativo. "Coraggio, amici, all'armi!" (Fraate, Tigrane)
Alan Curtis
00:00:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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18
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 8: Sinfonia
Alan Curtis
00:00:35

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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19
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 9: Recitativo. "Già, già vinto è il nemico" (Tiridate, Fraate, Tigrane)
Alan Curtis
00:01:42

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Zachary Stains, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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20
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 10: Aria. "Mirerò quel vago volto" (Fraate)
Alan Curtis
00:04:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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21
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 11: Recitativo. "Che fo?" (Tiridate, Tigrane, Polissena)
Alan Curtis
00:01:27

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Zachary Stains, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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22
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 12: Aria. "Dopo torbide procelle" (Polissena)
Alan Curtis
00:04:50

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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23
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 13: Marche
Alan Curtis
00:01:13

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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24
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 13: Rigaudons I & II
Alan Curtis
00:01:12

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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25
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act I, Scene 13: Air
Alan Curtis
00:01:09

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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26
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 1: Recitativo. "Sposo, vien meno il piè" (Zenobia, Radamisto)
Alan Curtis
00:00:30

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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27
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 1: Cavatina. "Quando mai, spietata sorte" (Zenobia)
Alan Curtis
00:02:23

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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28
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 2: Recitativo. "Oh crudo ciel!" (Radamisto, Zenobia, Tigrane)
Alan Curtis
00:03:09

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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29
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 2: Aria. "Ombra caro di mia sposa" (Radamisto)
Alan Curtis
00:07:18

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

30
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 3: Recitativo. "Mitiga il grave affanno" (Fraate, Zenobia)
Alan Curtis
00:01:35

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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31
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 3: Aria. "Già che morir non posso" (Zenobia)
Alan Curtis
00:04:20

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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32
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 4: Recitativo. "Benché al campo di Marte" (Tiridate, Fraate)
Alan Curtis
00:01:06

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Zachary Stains, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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33
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 4: Aria. "Vaga e bella ogn'or vedrai" (Fraate)
Alan Curtis
00:02:48

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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34
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 5: Recitativo. "Eccomi a te davante" (Zenobia, Tiridate, Fraate)
Alan Curtis
00:01:07

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Zachary Stains, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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35
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 5: Aria. "Sì, che ti renderai" (Tiridate)
Alan Curtis
00:04:02

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Zachary Stains, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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36
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 6: Recitativo. "Nulla più di speranza" (Zenobia, Fraate)
Alan Curtis
00:01:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

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37
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 6: Aria. "Troppo sofferse già questo mio petto" (Zenobia)
Alan Curtis
00:02:40

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

38
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 6: Recitativo. "Parte l'idolo mio" (Fraate)
Alan Curtis
00:00:35

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

39
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 6: Aria. "Spero placare" (Fraate)
Alan Curtis
00:03:53

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Dominique Labelle, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

40
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 7: Recitativo. "Questo vago giardin" (Tigrane, Radamisto, Polissena)
Alan Curtis
00:00:34

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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41
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 7: Aria. "La sorte, il ciel, amor" (Tigrane)
Alan Curtis
00:04:08

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

42
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 8: Recitativo. "Adorato german" (Polissena, Radamisto)
Alan Curtis
00:01:22

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

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43
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 8: Aria. "Vanne, sorella ingrata" (Radamisto)
Joyce DiDonato
00:02:35

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

44
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 9: Recitativo. "Tra il german, tra lo sposo" (Polissena)
Alan Curtis
00:00:24

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

45
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 9: Aria. "Non sarà quest'alma mia" (Polissena)
Alan Curtis
00:03:42

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

46
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 10: Recitativo. "Due seggi, olà" (Tiridate, Zenobia, Tigrane, Radamisto)
Alan Curtis
00:03:42

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Laura Cherici, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Zachary Stains, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

47
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 11: Cavatina. "Empio, perverso cor!" (Zenobia)
Alan Curtis
00:02:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

48
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 12: Recitativo. "Ascolta Ismen" (Tiridate, Zenobia, Radamisto)
Alan Curtis
00:01:06

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Zachary Stains, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

49
Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 12: Duetto. "Se vive in te il mio cor" (Radamisto, Zenobia)
Alan Curtis
00:03:28

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra - Maite Beaumont, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

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Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II, Scene 12: Passacaille
Alan Curtis
00:04:28

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

An ambitious German composer newly arrived in England in 1710, it took Handel a decade to suss out what would best tickle English musical tastes, finally settling on Italian serious opera with a dash of English semi-opera. He finally hit the bullseye in 1720 with Radamisto. Played 10 times in its first run, Radamisto was revised for a new cast and premiered again within months, then revived in its revised version for a third run the following season. Unfortunately, Radamisto has not fared as well on recordings with only two more than adequate but less than inspired performances in print prior to the release of this recording -- Horst-Tanu Margraf's stately 1962 recording with the Händel-Festspielorchester Halle and Nicholas McGegan's sprightly 1993 recording with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra -- and this superlative 2003 recording with the experienced Alan Curtis leading Il Complesso Barocco is a distinct improvement on both of them. There's the singing, which ranges from the way more than competent Zachary Stains to the absolutely thrilling Patrizia Ciofi. There's the playing, which is unfailingly passionate and invariably polished. There's the conducting, which is both highly dramatic and magnificently structural. And finally there's the sound, which is clear and deep and honest. While not perhaps the greatest of Handel's English operas, this recording makes a compelling case for checking the work out.
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