Handel - Catone | Glossa GCD923511

Handel - Catone

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD923511

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 17th February 2017

Contents

Artists

Sonia Prina
Roberta Invernizzi
Kristina Hammarstrom
Riccardo Novaro
Lucia Cirillo
Auser Musici

Conductor

Carlo Ipata

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Catone (pasticcio), HWV:A7

Artists

Sonia Prina
Roberta Invernizzi
Kristina Hammarstrom
Riccardo Novaro
Lucia Cirillo
Auser Musici

Conductor

Carlo Ipata

About

By bringing Catone to disc Carlo Ipata celebrates the pasticcio, in particular those curated by George Frideric Handel, as is the case with this new Glossa release. In a co-production with the Fondazione Teatro di Pisa and the Händel Festspiele Halle, Ipata brings a further slant on Handel’s operatic career in London. Despite being busy with running the second Royal Academy of Music and writing his own operas, the composer was striving to present London audiences with selections from Italian operas by other composers, at the same time as giving his star singers the opportunity to show off early in the opera company’s season. One result was Catone in 1732, with music by Leo, Hasse, Vivaldi, Vinci, Porpora as well as by Handel himself; company members included Senesino, Anna Maria Strada del Pò and Antonio Montagnana.

For this Halle performance Carlo Ipata has brought together a modern-day starry cast: Sonia Prina, Roberta Invernizzi, Riccardo Novaro, Kristina Hammarstrom and Lucia Cirillo – to sing the tale of the noble Roman Republican senator finding himself on the losing side of battles with Julius Caesar and with his daughter being in love with the conquering general. Angela Romagnoli provides a resounding defence of the Handelian pasticcio in her booklet essay.

The pasticcio’s plot functions admirably, the arias are stunning, both individually and collectively: the recording is a feast of sparkling, crowd-pleasing virtuosity.

Cast:
- Catone: Sonia Prina
- Cesare: Riccardo Novaro
- Emilia: Roberta Invernizzi
- Arbace: Kristina Hammarstrom
- Marzia: Lucia Cirillo

Reviews

A lost Handel opera? Not quite: during his London years, Handel quite often arranged the music of other composers and compiled them into pasticcio operas. In this case, arias from Leonardo Leo’s Catone are woven with Vivaldi, Porpora and Hasse numbers and short bursts of recitative to create a lively two-act drama. ... Riccardo Novaro is an impressive bass as Cesare, and the drama moves at a cracking pace under Carlo Ipata.  Nicholas Kenyon
The Observer 26 February 2017

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