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Furore - Handel: Opera Arias / Joyce DiDonato, Christopher Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 19038   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonatoDave HendryJosep Domenech
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This aptly-named CD presents arias by Handel that find their characters in some sort of great emotional stress. This of course means that in addition to searing characterization, the singer will require a bag of vocal tricks that run the whole gamut: trills, wide leaps, endless coloratura, and all of the other "gimmicks" Handel expected his singers to produce to express these feelings. Joyce DiDonato, a marvelous mezzo who already has made quite a name for herself in Rossini, is more than up to the task. Hers is a lyric sound that sits comfortably in the upper reaches of her range and has little trouble with any notes at all; but she is not a booming contralto--or even a Marilyn
Read more Horne-like, dark-hued mezzo. This does not stop her from succeeding brilliantly here.

From the opening aria--Serse's call to the Furies when he realizes that his beloved loves his brother--we hear a type of never-let-up intensity that is indicative: she exclaims with impeccable diction and killer accuracy. Because the voice is not heavy she could easily rely on her ease with coloratura alone for expression; but here and elsewhere she snarls, sounding as if her teeth are clenched, and gets lost in the character.

You may worry at her choice of "Iris, hence away" from Semele because it lies so low in the voice, but DiDonato doesn't miss one note in the low-lying runs and she enunciates every word of the text. With Medea (from Teseo) and Dejanira (from Hercules, a role she has sung on stage) we meet a pair of women who today would be referred to as bi-polar: their mood swings and hallucinations are made brilliantly clear, and some nasty chest voice is used to underscore their lunacy. By contrast, Ariodante's dark, deeply unhappy "Scherza infida" keeps the interest by an adherence to strict rhythms and a general internalization of sorrow; DiDonato's concentration is stunning.

Every aria here is a worthy experience and each grips the listener. Christophe Rousset and his Les Talens Lyrique have a remarkable sense of drama, with mostly sharp attacks and a few surprises, like the sympathetic, undulating accompaniment to the insistent "Scheza infida". DiDonato is a remarkable singer and this is a terrific CD.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Serse, HWV 40: Crude furie degl'orridi abissi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Teseo, HWV 9: Dolce riposo, ed innocente pace by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1712; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Teseo, HWV 9: Ira, sdegno, e furore...O stringerò nel' sen by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1712; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Teseo, HWV 9: Moriró, ma vendicata by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1712; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: L'angue offeso mai riposa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Orride larve...Chiudetevi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7.
Hercules, HWV 60: There in myrtle shades reclined by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1745; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
8.
Semele, HWV 58: Hence, Iris, hence away by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9.
Imeneo, HWV 41: Sorge nell'alma mia by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
10.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Scherza infida, in grembo al drudo by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Gelosia, spietata Aletto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Desterò dall' empia Dite by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano), Dave Hendry (Trumpet), Josep Domenech (Oboe)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
13.
Hercules, HWV 60: Cease, ruler of the day, to rise by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1745; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
14.
Hercules, HWV 60: Where shall I fly? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Imeneo: "Sorge nell'alma mia"
Ariodante: "Scherza infida, in grembo al drudo"

Sound Samples

Serse (1737): Act III, scene 11 - Crude furie (Serse)
Teseo (1713): Act II, scene 1 - Dolce Riposo
Teseo (1713): Act II, scene 6 - Ira, sdegni, e furore + O stringero nel sen
Teseo (1713): Act V, scene 1 - Moriro, ma vendicata
Giulio Cesare (1724). 1 air de Sesto: Act II, scene 6 - L'angue offeso mai riposa
Admeto (1727), Air d'Admeto: Act I, scene 1 - Orride larve
Hercules (1745), Air de Dejanira: Act I, scene 2 - There in myrtle shades
Semele (1744), Air de Juno: Act II, scene 1 - Hence, Iris Hence away
Imeneo (1740), Air de Tirinto: Act II, scene 3 - Sorge nell'alma mia
Ariodante (1734): Act II, scene 3 - Scherza Infinda (Ariodante)
Admeto (1727), Air d'Alceste: Act II, scene 7 - Gelosia, spietala Aletto
Amadigi (1715), 2 airs de Meliisa: Act II, scene 10 - Destero dall' empia Dite
Hercules (1745), Air de Dejanira: Act II, scene 6 - Cease Ruler of the day to Rise
Hercules (1745), Air de Dejanira: Act III, scene 3 - Where shall I fly

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