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Handel: Serse / Christie, Von Otter, Piau, Zazzo, Et Al


Release Date: 11/02/2004 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 45711   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine PiauAntonio AbeteAnne Sofie von OtterLawrence Zazzo,   ... 
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Christie masterminds an entertaining performance that captures the flavour and personality of Handel’s imagination. . . . [I]t is pleasing to hear Les Arts Florissants return to their best form in Handel opera. Christie is better represented by this amiable performance of an opera that frequently inclines towards comedy, although . . . Handel always has something serious and poignant to say. . . . [T]his new recording captures a theatrical flow and affectionate atmosphere that is deeply satisfying." -- David Vickers, Gramophone "Christie masterminds an entertaining performance that captures the flavour and personality of Handel’s imagination. . . . [I]t is pleasing to hear Les Arts Florissants return to their best form in Handel opera. Christie is better represented by this amiable performance of an opera that frequently inclines towards comedy, although . . . Handel always has something serious and poignant to say. . . . [T]his new recording captures a theatrical flow and affectionate atmosphere that is deeply satisfying." -- David Vickers, Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Serse, HWV 40 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Antonio Abete (Bass), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano),
Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor), Giovanni Furlanetto (Bass Baritone), Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz (Soprano),
Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Live  Champs-Elysées Theater, Paris, France 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Serse: Overture
Serse, Act 1, Scene I: No 1a Accompagnato - Frondi tenere (Serse)
Serse, Act 1, Scene I: No 1b Arioso - Ombra mai fu (Serse)
Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: No 2 Sinfonia e Recitativo - Sento un soave concento (Arsamene/Elviro)
Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: No 3 Arioso e Recitativo - O voi che penate (Romilda/Arsamene/Elviro/Serse)
Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: No 4 Aria - Và godendo vezzoso e bello (Romilda)
Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: Recitativo - Quel canto a un bel amor (Serse/Arsamene)
Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: No 5 Aria - Io diro che l'amo (Serse) Tu le dirai che l'ami (Arsamene)
Serse, Act 1, Scene IV: Recitativo - Arsamene (Romilda/Arsamene/Atalanta)
Serse, Act 1, Scene IV: No 6 Aria - Si, si...mio ben (Atalanta)
Serse, Act 1, Scene V: Recitativo - Come, qui Principessa (Serse/Romilda/Arsamene/Elviro)
Serse, Act 1, Scene V: No 7 Aria - Meglio in voi col mio partire (Arsamene)
Serse, Act 1, Scene VI: No 8 Aria - Di tacere e di schernirmi (Serse)
Serse, Act 1, Scene VII: No 9 Aria - Nè men con l'ombre (Romilda)
Serse, Act 1, Scene VIII: No 10 Aria - Se cangio spoglia, non cangio core (amastre)
Serse, Act 1, Scene IX: No 11a - Già la tromba, che chiamo (Coro dei soldati)
Serse, Act 1, Scene X: Recitativo - Ecco Serse, o che volto (Amastre/Serse/Ariodate)
Serse, Act 1, Scene X: No 12 Aria - Soggetto al mio volere (Ariodate)
Serse, Act 1, Scene X: No 11b - Già la tromba, che chiamo (Coro dei soldati)
Serse, Act 1, Scene XI: Recitativo - Queste vittorie, io credo (Serse/Amastre)
Serse, Act 1, Scene XI: No 13 Aria - Più che penso alle fiamme (Serse)
Serse, Act 1, Scene XII: Recitativo - Eccoti il foglio, Elviro (Arsamene/Elviro)
Serse, Act 1, Scene XII: No 14 Arietta - Signor, signor, lasciate far a me (Elviro)
Serse, Act 1, Scene XII: No 15 Aria - Non so se sia la speme (Arsamene)
Serse, Act 1, Scene XIII: No 16 Aria - Saprà delle mie offese (Amastre)
Serse, Act 1, Scene XIV: Recitativo - Al fin sarete sposa (atalanta/Romilda)
Serse, Act 1, Scene XIV: No 17 Aria - Se l'idol mio (Romilda)
Serse, Act 1, Scene XV: No 18 Aria - Un cenno leggiadretto (Atalanta)
Serse, Act 2, Scene I: No 19 Arioso - Speranze mie fermate (Amastre)
Serse, Act 2, Scene I: No 20 Arietta - Ah! Chi voler fiora (Elviro)
Serse, Act 2, Scene I: Recitativo - E chi direbbe mai (Elviro/Amastre)
Serse, Act 2, Scene I: No 21 Aria - Or che siete speranze tradite (Amastre)
Serse, Act 2, Scene II: No 22 Arioso - A piangere ogn'ora Amor mi destina (Atalanta)
Serse, Act 2, Scene III: No 24 Arioso - E tormento troppo fiero (Serse)
Serse, Act 2, Scene III: Recitativo - Di quel foglio, Atalanta (Serse/Atalanta)
Serse, Act 2, Scene III: No 25a Aria - Dirà che amor per me (Atalanta)
Serse, Act 2, Scene III: No 25b Aria - Dirà che no m'amo (Atalanta)
Serse, Act 2, Scene IV: Recitativo - Ingannata Romilda (Serse/Romilda)
Serse, Act 2, Scene IV: No 26 Duetto - L'amerete? (Serse) L'amero (Romilda)
Serse, Act 2, Scene IV: No 27 Aria - Se brameate d'amar, chi vi sdegna (Serse)
Serse, Act 2, Scene V: No 28a Accompagnato - L'amero? non fia vero (Romilda)
Serse, Act 2, Scene V: No 28b Aria - E gelosia quella tiranna (Romilda)
Serse, Act 2, Scene VI: No 29 Aria - Anima infida, tradita io sono (Amastre)
Serse, Act 2, Scene VII: Recitativo - E pazzo affè (Elviro/Arsamene)
Serse, Act 2, Scene VII: No 30 Aria - Quella tutta fè (Arsamene)
Serse, Act 2, Scene VIII: Recitativo - Ariodate! (Serse/Ariodate)
Serse, Act 2, Scene IX: No 32 Arioso - Per dar fine alla pena (Arsamene)
Serse, Act 2, Scene IX: Recitativo - Arsamene, ove andate? (Serse/Arsamene)
Serse, Act 2, Scene IX: No 33 Aria - Si, la voglio e la ottero (Arsamene)
Serse, Act 2, Scene X: No 34 Aria - Voi mi dite che non l'ami (Atalanta)
Serse, Act 2, Scene X: No 35 Aria - Il core spera a teme (Serse)
Serse, Act 2, Scene XI: Recitativo - Me infelice (Elviro)
Serse, Act 2, Scene XI: No 36 Arietta - Del mio caro baco amabile (Elviro)
Serse, Act 2, Scene XII: No 37 Duetto - Gran pena è gelosia (Serse) - Lo sà il mio cor piangato (Amastre)
Serse, Act 2, Scene XII: Recitativo - Aspra sorte! (Serse/Amastre)
Serse, Act 2, Scene XIII: No 38 Arietta - Val più contento core (Romilda)
Serse, Act 2, Scene XIII: Recitativo - Vuo ch'abbian fine (Serse/Romilda)
Serse, Act 2, Scene XIV: No 39 Aria - Chi cede al furore (Romilda)

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