Handel - Alcina, Tamerlano (Blu-ray) | Alpha ALPHA715

Handel - Alcina, Tamerlano (Blu-ray)

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA715

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 21st October 2016

Contents

Artists

Sandrine Piau
Sophie Karthäuser
Ann Hallenberg
Delphine Galou
Christophe Dumaux
Jeremy Ovenden
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Alcina, HWV34
Tamerlano, HWV18

Artists

Sandrine Piau
Sophie Karthäuser
Ann Hallenberg
Delphine Galou
Christophe Dumaux
Jeremy Ovenden
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

About

This Handelian diptych, the brainchild of the director Pierre Audi, was conceived in a style of great purity, right down to the costumes, the décors and the sumptuous chiaroscuro lighting. In order to replicate this aesthetic, reminiscent of Renaissance paintings, with the greatest possible fidelity, the performances, filmed in high resolution, are released on Blu-ray only.

Christophe Rousset and his orchestra convey exceptional fervour in this music, here served by the finest Handelian voices imaginable, foremost among them Sandrine Piau, who enjoyed a genuine triumph in the stage production. Nor can one forget the dramatic performance of Jeremy Ovenden in Tamerlano, or the beauty of the voices of Ann Hallenberg, Sophie Karthäuser, Delphine Galou and the countertenor Christophe Dumaux.

‘With the audacity of its extremely tight plot, its small orchestra given the role of a dramatic mainspring, its innovative forms and structures, and above all the figure of Bajazet, the father, who hovers above the work like an implacable prophet of doom... Tamerlano may well be situated among the incontestable masterpieces of the “divine Saxon”... In Alcina, Handel gives us one of his most dramatically accomplished scores, in which each character follows a wholly individual trajectory, and the different “stages” of love are delicately handled.’ - Christophe Rousset

Total timing: 378’ 58
BD50, 16/9, stereo 5.1
Subtitles: Fr, Eng, Ger, Nl

Reviews

These productions began life a few years apart in Drottningholm before double-bill revivals at the Dutch National Opera and La Monnaie in Brussels. Pierre Audi’s post-Baroque stagings are often astutely deliberate in pacing and action, and are designed simply but artfully (beautiful 18th-century-style costumes, economical lighting, use of mechanical stage flats). At their best, they function as compellingly psychological dramas reminiscent of tragedies by Shakespeare and Racine. ... This is essential viewing for those who take Handel as a dramatist seriously.  David Vickers
Gramophone January 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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