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Handel: Giulio Cesare / Minkowski, Les Musiciens Du Louvre


Release Date: 08/12/2003 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 000031402   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Pascal BertinBejun MehtaMagdalena KozenáAnne Sofie von Otter,   ... 
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Though “Giulio Cesare” is the best known of Handel’s masterly operas, familiarity has not made it any easier to perform. Handel seized on the story of Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48-47 B.C. as a chance to explore two often entwined human fascinations: politics and sex. If there are too many twists and improbabilities in the plot, the central characterizations are unvarnished and complex. The conductor Marc Minkowski’s vibrant recording with Les Musiciens du Louvre, a remarkable period-instrument ensemble from Paris, which captures a live performance in Vienna in 2002, may be the best overall."
- Anthony Tommasini, NEW YORK TIMES
"Though “Giulio Cesare” is the best known of Handel’s masterly operas, familiarity has not made it any easier to perform. Handel seized on the story of Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48-47 B.C. as a chance to explore two often entwined human fascinations: politics and sex. If there are too many twists and improbabilities in the plot, the central characterizations are unvarnished and complex. The conductor Marc Minkowski’s vibrant recording with Les Musiciens du Louvre, a remarkable period-instrument ensemble from Paris, which captures a live performance in Vienna in 2002, may be the best overall."
- Anthony Tommasini, NEW YORK TIMES Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Pascal Bertin (Countertenor), Bejun Mehta (Boy Soprano), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano),
Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Marijana Mijanovic (Alto), Alan Ewing (Bass),
Jean-Michel Ankaoua (Baritone), Charlotte Hellekant (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 219 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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