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Handel: Deidamia / Palmer, Baird, Brewer Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 08/28/2001 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 460   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Edward BrewerBrenda HarrisJulianne BairdD'Anna Fortunato,   ... 
Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber OrchestraRudolph Palmer Singers
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here we have the first recording of Handel's final Italian opera with a period instrument orchestra, chorus and a superb American cast. Deidamia was Handel's last opera. He began work on it in October, 1740, at the same time he was completing its companion work, Imeneo, which he had begun two years earlier. On November 8, Handel presented his London winter season - with some new works, some revivals - and for this purpose had engaged the Theatre Royal at Lincoln's Inn Fields. Opening night saw a semi-staged version of the serenata Il Parnasso in festa; later in the month came the premiere of Imeneo. Despite a superb score and fine cast, the production was a failure and was offered only once again in early December. The fact is that opera - Read more Italian opera - was passe in London by this time. The public had turned to other musical delights - stage works in English of a more frivolous nature than Handel's offerings. For serious entertainment, the sacred oratorio, also given in the native tongue, was becoming increasingly popular. Thus, the true merits of Handel's last two operas were ignored at their premieres: Imeneo and Deidamia really never had a chance. For the libretto, Handel turned to his long time collaborator Paolo Antonio Rolli, who devised a "dramatic skeleton" for the composer of the Ulysseys-Achilles-Deidamia legend. As entertaining as the plot was, the new opera met the same fate as Imeneo. So indifferent was the public that it was only presented twice more, January 17, and February 10, 1741. Thereafter, Handel substituted more sure-fire oratorios. Handel was discouraged by the failure of his new stage works. Whether he would have attempted a further London season or ever written another Italian opera was decided by the extraordinary success in Dublin later that same year of a new English-language work he presented to the world. Messiah would change the course of his life. Its reception gave Handel nearly another two decades of celebrity and began a particularly fertile period of composition. Deidamia went by the wayside completely until this wonderful new recording with this first class American group of singers. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Deidamia, HWV 42 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Edward Brewer (Harpsichord), Brenda Harris (Soprano), Julianne Baird (Soprano),
D'Anna Fortunato (Alto), John Cheek (Bass), Mary O'Brien (Soprano),
Peter Castaldi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra,  Rudolph Palmer Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Overture: Fugue
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: March
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Recitative: Per vendicar di Menelao l'offesa cui Paride Troja (Ulisse, Lycomede, Fenice)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Arioso: Grecia tu offendi, Troja difendi (Ulisse)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Recitative: Falsa e la voce che in mia reggia avesse lungo (Lycomede, Fenice)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Aria: Al tardar della vendetta (Fenice)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Recitative: O d'amicizia sante leggi, voi dell'amico Peleo sentir (Lycomede)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Aria: Nelle nubi intorno al Fato (Lycomede)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Recitative - Air: Ecco il mio ben. Tutti momenti, ahi lassa! (Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Aria: Di lusinghe, di dolcezza non fatica non asprezza (Nerea)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Arioso: Seguir di selva in selva la fuggitiva Selva (Achille)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Recitative: E sempre fisse vi ritrovo a queste opre d'ozio (Achille, Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Aria: Quando accenderan quel petto (Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Recitative: Alla delizia del cor mio, diletta, sempre fido saro (Achille)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Aria: Se pensi amor tu solo per vezzo e per belta (Achille)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Recitative: L'uno e Fenice Argo, l'altro e Nestore Pilio (Nerea, Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Aria: Si, che desio quel che tu brami (Nerea)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Recitative: In vano, o principessa, qui di Peleo venni a cercare (Ulisse, Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Aria: Perdere il bene amato che il fato e amor ti die (Ulisse)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Recitative: Da questi scaltri ospiti Greci e d'uopo lunge tener (Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act I: Aria: Nasconde l'usignol' in alti rami il nido (Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Sinfonia
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Recitative: Deidamia qui veggo appressarsi, e un guerrier seco (Achille, Ulisse, Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Aria: Un guardo solo, pupille amate, conforto al duolo (Ulisse)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Recitative: Oh! che importuni affetti! (Deidamia, Achille)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Arioso: Lasciami. Tu sei fedel? (Achille)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Recitative: Se l'ira del mio bene, io non pensassi piu dispetto (Deidamia, Nerea)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Aria: D'amor nei primi istanti facili son gli amanti (Nerea)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Recitative: Lusinghe allettatrici son queste, si, ma son lusinghe sole (Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Aria: Se il timore il ver mi dice, infelice, abbandonata (Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Recitative Della caccia i diporti deliziosi ha il regno mio (Lycomede, Ulisse)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Aria: Nel riposo e nel contento godo e sento (Lycomede)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Della guerra la caccia ha sembianza (Hunters, Huntresses, Ulisse, Deidamia, Others)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Recitative: Inseguito da'veltri rapido cervo di ramose corna (Fenice, Nerea)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Aria: Non ti credo, non mi fido (Nerea)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Recitative: Ninfa, da noi vista ancor, velose segui a quel (Ulisse, Fenice)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Aria: Presso ad occhi esperti gia (Fenice)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Recitative: Pochi momenti a me, ninfa vezzosa ... (Ulisse, Achille)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Aria: No, no, no, quella belta non amo (Ulisse)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Queste e la caccia ch'ami tanto? (Deidamia, Achille)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Aria: Va, perfido! quel cor mi tradira, ah! barbaro (Deidamia)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Recitative: Placar tosto sapro la mia diletta (Achille, Fenice)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Aria: Si, m'appaga, si m'alletta quella vaga collinetta (Achille)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: Recitative: No, che ninfa non e. Ma gia finito e il diporto (Fenice)
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act II: L'alto giove al travaglio penoso (Hunters)

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