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Handel: Operatic Arias / David Daniels, R. Norrington, Et Al


Release Date: 12/01/1998 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 45326   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David DanielsRoger Montgomery
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Amazing technique -- a fine exposition of the countertenor's art.

The ever-increasing popularity of Handel and his contemporaries, and their employment of alto castratos, has encouraged the development of countertenors capable of similar vocal feats to the original interpreters of the heroic roles in these works. Among these the distinguished American, David Daniels, who burst on to the scene here a couple of years ago at Glyndebourne in Theodora, is a leading contender. If I would place Scholl in the category of Deller and Esswood, with their luminous, soft-grained tone, Daniels is closer to the more earthy sound of Bowman, his voice — like Bowman's — astonishingly large in volume.

Daniels displays and
Read more deploys his talent here in a wide range of arias reflective and dramatic. His amazing technique runs through Tamerlano's virtuoso "A dispetto" and Bertarido's "Vivi tiranno!" (where you can directly compare him with Scholl on the recent NVC Glyndebourne video of Rodelincla) without a blemish in the sound and with every division in its place yet part of a confidently delivered whole: by and large Daniels's runs and embellishments are more smoothly accomplished than Scholl's. In more reflective pieces such as Giulio Cesare's "Aure, deh, per pieta" (he also tackles Sesto's "Cara speme" from Giulio Cesare, a particularly liquid, subtle piece of singing), Bertarido's "Dove sei?" and Ariodante's sad lament, "Scherza bifida", written for the great Senesino, he uses his impeccable Italian to express wide-ranging emotions. Some may still prefer Baker's even rounder, nobler sound as Ariodante (Philips, 12/94) and Giulio Cesare (EMI, 5/89), or indeed von Otter's in her recent recording of Ariodante (Archiv, 2/98). There's room for both approaches.

In all the pieces Norrington and the OAE give excellent support, but you may find Christie's direction of the Rodelinda pieces with the same orchestra at Glyndebourne that much more positive in accentuation: by the way, he and Daniels take the accompanied recitative, "Pompe vane di morte!" about twice as fast as Christie! The recording is blameless so there's every reason to try this fine exposition of the countertenor's art.

-- Gramophone [11/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Scherza infida, in grembo al drudo by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "E vivo ancora..." 
2.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection begins with "Frondi tenere..." 
3.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Va tacito e nascosto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Roger Montgomery (French Horn), David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Al lampo dell' armi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Aure, deh, per pietà by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Dall'ondoso periglio..." 
6.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Cara speme, questo core by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: L'angue offeso mai riposa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Cara sposa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Venti, turbini by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Tamerlano, HWV 18: A dispetto d'un volto ingrato by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Pompe vane di morte!...Dove sei, amato... by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Vivi, Tiranno! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Xerxes - Frondi tenere ... Ombra mai fù: Recitativo: Frondi tenere
Xerxes - Frondi tenere ... Ombra mai fù: Larghetto: Ombra mai fù
Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Aria: Va tacito e nascosto
Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Aria: Al lampo dell' armi
Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Recitativo accompagnato: Dell' ondoso periglio
Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Aria: Aure, deh, per pietà
Tamerlano: A dispetto d'un volto ingrato
Ariodante: Aria: Scherza infida
Giulio Cesare: Aria: Cara speme, questo core
Giulio Cesare: Aria: L'angue offeso mai riposa
Rodelinda: Sinfonia: Pompe vane di morte
Rodelinda: Largo: Dove sei amato bene?
Rodelinda: Aria: Vivi, tiranno
Rinaldo: Largo: Cara sposa, amante cara
Rinaldo: Aria: Venti turbini

Customer Reviews

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 Handel Operatic Arias/ David Daniels May 30, 2013 By Barry N. (Santa Rosa, CA) See All My Reviews "This i a very remarkable recording. Daniel's power as a soprano. mezzo soprano and his incredible vocal and coloratura ability are superb. I have never heard a counter tenor like Daniels. Don't miss this recording." Report Abuse
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