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Ah! Mio Cor - Handel Arias / Kozena, Marcon, Et Al


Release Date: 04/22/2008 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 001039102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



HANDEL Arias Magdalena Kožená (mez); Andrea Marcon, cond; Venice Baroque O ARCHIV 001039102 (76:32 Text and Translation)


Alcina: Ah! Mio cor! Hercules: Where Shall I Fly? Agrippina: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate. Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Cara speme. Joshua: Oh! Had I Jubal’s lyre. Ariodante: Scherza infida in grembo al drudo. Theodora: With darkness deep as is my woe. Amadigi di Gaula: Desterò dall’empia Dite. Orlando: Ah! Stigie larve! Ariodante: Dopo notte, atra e funesta. Rinaldo: Lascia ch’io pianga mia cruda sorte


For many of us in advanced middle age, the memories of the 1950s and 1960s glow with the sound of a surplus of great Verdi, Puccini, and verismo singers. There is no doubt that today we suffer from a shortage in that area. The possibility of choosing between Bergonzi, del Monaco, Corelli, di Stefano, Tucker, and Björling (at least for some of those years) sounds today like an opera-lover’s fantasy.


The other side of that coin, however, is today’s level of talent in singing the music of Handel and Rossini, with a level of technical accomplishment that was undreamt of 30 and 40 years ago. Magdalena Kožená is an example of the kind of singer we would never have encountered in the 1960s. Although identified as a mezzo-soprano, she encompasses the soprano range as well (and can vary the color of her voice to suit either mezzo or soprano roles). She possesses a lovely sound, a finely spun legato, astonishing agility, and a keen dramatic instinct. The result is a splendid disc.


The music here encompasses a wide range of emotions, and Kožená does not simply provide us with good, clean, pure singing. She and the Venice Baroque Orchestra under Andrea Marcon inhabit the music and the texts fully. She is, by turns, sensuous, heartbroken, furious, erotic, joyous—whatever Handel requires. This is one of the most satisfying Handel recitals, or even Baroque recitals, I have encountered in a long time. Kožená can vary the color of her voice more widely than most specialists in this repertoire, and her way of singing brings the listener deeply inside Handel’s genius. The sound is ideal—just the right balance and perspective so that the listener doesn’t even think about sonics. The notes are both informative and offer affectionate insight into Kožená, and full texts and translations are provided.


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Works on This Recording

1. Alcina, HWV 34: Ah! mio cor! schemito sei! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
2. Agrippina, HWV 6: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Italy 
3. Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Cara speme, questo core by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
4. Joshua, HWV 64: O had I Jubal's lyre by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; London, England 
5. Ariodante, HWV 33: Scherza infida, in grembo al drudo by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
6. Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Desterò dall' empia Dite by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; London, England 
7. Ariodante, HWV 33: Dopo notte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
8. Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
9. Hercules, HWV 60: Where shall I fly? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
10. Agrippina, HWV 6: Pensieri, voi mi tormente by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
11. Theodora, HWV 68: With Darkness deep by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
12. Orlando, HWV 31: Ah! Stigie larve!...Vaghe pupille by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 

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