Handel - Giulio Cesare (Blu-ray)
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Cat No: 0743859
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 6th May 2016
Anne Sofie von Otter
Il Giardino Armonico
‘Bartoli’s Dream Start with Dream Voices’ wrote the Vienna Kurier of this uproarious Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier production in which Bartoli heads a hand-picked cast including Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky and Anne Sofie Von Otter with Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini.
‘[Andreas Scholl’s] coloratura is note perfect, he phrases recitatives with as much musicianship as arias, and the steadiness and purity of his voice are remarkable.’ - The Financial Times
‘Bartoli remains at her peak. Not only is her coloratura flawless, and her voice as colorful and ravishingly beautiful as ever, but her ability to use her incomparable technique at the service of expression has also deepened with age. As a seductress, Bartoli was irresistible. Teasing out her incomparably agile coloratura runs, she softened high notes to tickle the senses with a mixture of sweetness and delight. When, in the second act, she mounted a missile and diagonally ascended into the heavens, it felt as though she were riding the ultimate pink Cadillac off to her honeymoon rendezvous. And in her final aria, “Da tempeste il legno infranto” when she danced around the stage and adorned herself with strings of lights while flashing the trademark Bartoli smile, it was all one could do to resist running onstage and give her a huge hug.’ - San Francisco Classical Voice
A Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2012 production in co-production with Arte France, Bel Air Media and Clasart Classic
- Giulio Cesare: Andreas Scholl
- Cleopatra: Cecilia Bartoli
- Cornelia: Anne Sofie von Otter
- Sesto: Philippe Jaroussky
- Tolomeo: Christophe Dumaux
- Achilla: Ruben Drole
- Nirena: Jochen Kowalski
- Curio: Peter Kálmán
Stage directors: Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier
Set designer: Christian Fenouillat
Costume designer: Agostino Cavalca
Lighting designer: Christophe Forey
Choreographer: Beate Vollack
Dramatic advisor: Konrad Kuhn
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