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Handel: Opera Arias / Nathalie Stutzmann


Release Date: 01/31/2012 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802094  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Nathalie Stutzmann made her debut in 1985, aged 20, so what we hear on this disc is a still very young singer. Her distinctive dark timbre and fluent technique were already her hallmarks. Best known, perhaps, as a concert singer, not least in French mélodies and German Lieder, she has also appeared in opera, including several Handel roles. We first meet her as the eponymous hero in Orlando, who in the first act decides to demonstrate that he loves Angelica, by fighting monsters. This is a true showpiece.
 
Aci, Galatea e Polifemo is not strictly speaking an opera, but a dramatic cantata, written in Italy and first performed in
Read more Naples in 1708. It shouldn’t be mixed up with Acis and Galatea written a decade later in England. The story though is practically identical. This aria, sung by Acis, is beautiful with celestial recorder obbligato – though the liner notes say oboe. As always with Handel there is plenty of room for embellishment of the vocal line.
 
From his first London opera, Rinaldo, we get the remarkable aria from act I , Cara sposa, amante cara. After the agitated orchestral introduction we get what Charles Burney called ‘by many degrees the most pathetic song, and with the richest accompaniment, which had been then heard in England’. It is long and many-faceted and the whole opera was a magnificent calling-card for the young German in 1711. Even greater masterpieces were to follow but Rinaldo is still an amazing composition.
 
Vaghe pupille is another highly individual piece from Orlando, depicting Orlando’s jealousy upon finding out that Angelica loves another. The vocal equilibristics are uncommonly motivated in this case, no mere decorations.
 
From Giulio Cesare we hear Caesar’s Va tacito from the first act, also unique insofar as it is Handel’s only aria with an obbligato horn. The music is graphically descriptive of Caesar who must act like a hunter, moving silently not to alert his prey. The horn is played powerfully by Raul Diaz.
 
The two arias from Floridante are also inspired pieces and in particular Se dolce m’era già which is a contemplation on death. The music breathes in short phrases, interrupted by pauses like sighs. Highly evocative.
 
Partenope is an opera that abounds in marvellous music. In this aria tumultuous feelings are depicted in likewise tumultuous music.
 
In the aria from the second act of Giulio Cesare, Caesar is enthralled by Cleopatra’s voice and compares her to a bird. And the bird is heard in the obbligato solo violin.
 
Finally there is the masterly Ombra cara from Radamisto, noble and touching, sung with great affection.
 
There is glorious singing throughout the recital and Roy Goodman draws vivacious and stylish playing from the excellent Hanover Band. It is great to have this disc available again. Handel lovers should place their orders at once.
 
-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Orlando, HWV 31: Fammi combattere by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Sorgi il dì, HWV 72 "Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo": Qui, L'augel de pianta by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Cara sposa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Orlando, HWV 31: Ah! Stigie larve!...Vaghe pupille by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Va tacito e nascosto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Se in fiorito ameno prato by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Il Floridante, HWV 14: Bramo te sola, non penso all'impero.. by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1721; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Il Floridante, HWV 14: Se dolce m'era già... by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1721; London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Partenope, HWV 27: Furibondo spira il vento by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1730; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Radamisto, HWV 12: Ombra cara di mia sposa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1720; London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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