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Handel: Admeto / Mcgegan, Mead, Arnet, [DVD]

Handel,George Frideric / Mcgegan / Fog / Friedrich
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  C Major   Catalog #: 702008  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Timothy MeadWolf Matthias FriedrichMarie ArnetAndrew Radley,   ... 
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Göttingen Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Admeto – Tim Mead
Alceste – Marie Arnet
Ercole – William Berger
Orindo – Andrew Radley
Trasimede – David Bates
Antigona – Kirsten Blaise
Meraspe – Wolf Matthias Friedrich

Mamu Dance Theatre
Tadashi Endo, solo dance and choreography

Göttingen Festival Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Doris Dörrie, stage director
Recorded live at the Internationale Handel-Festspiele Göttingen, Deutsches Theater, 2009.

- Baroque and Butoh

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1 (opera), Dolby Digital 2.0 (bonus)
Region code: 0
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Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French (opera) / English (bonus)
Running time: 181 mins (opera) + 21 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 2

When one of Germany’s most famous filmmakers and stimulating operatic directors focuses her creativity on a rarely performed Handel opera, the result is a “mixture of dancers and singers, comedy and pathos” (The Times). “Admeto”, one of Handel’s most popular operas in his lifetime, was premiered in London in January 1727. Doris Dörrie, whose Japan-inspired feature film “Cherry Blossoms – Hanami” was a major German box-office hit and won several international awards, returns to her beloved Japan in this production. Flowing robes, translucent panels and the participation of Japan’s Mamu Dance Theater and ist choreographer/dancer Tadashi Endo add an evocative dimension to the work whose lead roles were written for a popular castrato and two rivaling primadonnas. Sensitively directed for video by Agnes Méth, who worked with Dörrie on Mozart’s “La finta giardiniera” at the Salzburg Festival (available as part of the M22 cycle by UNITEL), the opera is played by Nicholas McGegan’s FestspielOrchester Göttingen on period instruments. For this production, a coproduction of the Internationale Händel- Festspiele in Göttingen and the Edinburgh International Festival on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death, Doris Dörrie was awarded the Edinburgh Festival’s prestigious Herald Angel Award.

For Handel´s Admeto, Oscar® nominated film director Doris Doerrie – winner of the 2009 Edinburgh International Festival´s prestigious Herald Angel Award – returns to her beloved subject of Japan. In vividly coloured and brilliantly realized set pieces, one of Handel´s most popular operas receives a stunning transformation into the stylish ritualized world of samurai culture. “It´s brilliantly played by the period-instrument FestspielOrchester Goettingen, conducted with fine sensibility and sensuality by Nicholas McGegan” (The Times). “In Doerrie´s production … 200 minutes of music fly by” (The Times)


"In my Fanfare 33:1 review of an Arthaus Blu-ray release of Admeto from the 2006 Halle Handel Festival, I concluded, “This is apparently the only video of Admeto currently available, and it will serve Handel fans perfectly well until a more pertinent conception (sung at least as well) comes along.” Well, here is that more pertinent conception, which as my colleague Barry Brenesal points out is remarkably effective. In general, it’s a bit more colorfully sung than the Arthaus version (with the superb, lyrical Tim Mead having been promoted from the role of Trasimede in Halle to the title role here), and Doris Dörrie’s Butoh concept works far, far better than Halle director Axel Köhler’s arbitrary-seeming setting in a contemporary hospital."

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Works on This Recording

Admeto, Rč di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Timothy Mead (Countertenor), Wolf Matthias Friedrich (Bass), Marie Arnet (Soprano),
Andrew Radley (Voice), David Bates (Countertenor), Kirsten Blaise (Soprano),
William Berger (Bass)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Göttingen Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; London, England 
Date of Recording: 2009 
Venue:  Göttingen, Deutsches Theater 

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