Handel - Rinaldo (DVD)
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Cat No: 37896
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 21st May 2021
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
ConductorFederico Maria Sardelli
Handel’s masterpiece Rinaldo is based on Torquato Tasso’s epic La Gerusalemme liberata, which tells the tale of the attempted seduction of the hero by the enchantress Armida against the backdrop of the First Crusade. Musicologists agree that Handel carried out a major cut-and-paste exercise with Rinaldo, as more than two thirds of his 1711 score was taken from earlier works. This particular production by Pier Luigi Pizzi, conceived in 1985 for Teatro Romolo Valli in Reggio Emilia, has since travelled to some twenty major opera houses worldwide. Putting aside practical cuts and a few displacements of musical numbers, its durable attraction lies in the gorgeous costumes and scenery, a stylish paragon of 'hyperbaroque' that deliberately avoids both literalism and cheap provocation.
This lavish production was performed at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, which was the first Italian theatre to re-open after the lockdown in 2020. The set design and direction were perfectly tailored to the health and safety requirements in force during the pandemic.
“The Maggio Musicale orchestra under the experienced and clever direction of Federico Maria Sardelli, did an exceptional job… Rinaldo is a women’s opera. The dominant character is Armida (Carmela Remigio)… She gives an immediate sense of fiery sexual passion with her cavatina ‘Furie Terribili’… Almirena, Rinaldo’s fiancée, sung by Francesca Aspromonte, is sweet and tender…She enthralled the audience in the charming birdsong aria ‘Augeletti’ with flute accompaniment.” – Classical Music Daily
- Armida: Carmela Remigio
- Goffredo: Leonardo Cortellazzi
- Almirena: Francesca Aspromonte
- Rinaldo: Raffaele Pe
- Argante: Andrea Patucelli
- A Herald: Shixun Li
- A woman/Two mermaids: Marilena Ruta, Valentina Corò
- A Christian magician: William Corrò
Stage director, set and costume designer: Pier Luigi Pizzi
Assistant director and light designer: Massimo Gasparon
Video director: Tiziano Mancini
Recording place: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Recording date: 9 September 2020
Video format / Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9
Audio format: PCM 2.0 - Dolby digital 5.1
Region code: 0 – All regions
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Notes: Italian, English
Duration: 131 min.
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