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Handel: Giulio Cesare / Oliver, Podles, Hofstetter

Handel / Oliver / Podles / Hofstetter
Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Tdk   Catalog #: OPGCES  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ewa PodlesFlavio OliverElena De la MercedMaité Beaumont
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu OrchestraBarcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

George Frideric Handel - Giulio Cesare

Flavio Oliver · Elena de la Merced · Ewa Podles · Maite Beaumont
Orquestra Simfónica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Michael Hofstetter, conductor

Stage Director: Herbert Wernicke

Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: LPCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running Time: 181 mins
Region Code: NTSC All
Subtitle Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan
Recording Date: Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, July 2004

* Giulio Cesare is regarded by many as Handel's greatest and most exquisite work.
* This new adaptation comes from director Herbert Wernicke
Read more (1946-2002), who includes in his version fragments of Rinaldo, Orlando and Tolomeo. Wernicke concentrates on the psychology and politics of the story, rather than seeking to set the opera in a contemporary context.
* In Handel's Giulio Cesare, a far cry from the dark story of political intrigue conceived by William Shakespeare less than a century earlier, Caesar is a heroic figure, rescuing Cleopatra from the clutches of her evil brother. The simplicity of the story enables Handel to concentrate on what he does best: writing wonderfully emotive arias and complex recitatives with startling modulations.
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Works on This Recording

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ewa Podles (Alto), Flavio Oliver (Countertenor), Elena De la Merced (Soprano),
Maité Beaumont (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

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