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Handel: Serse / Malgoire, Watkinson, Esswood, Hendricks


Release Date: 02/18/1997 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 36941   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Paul EsswoodBarbara HendricksOrtrun WenkelAnne Marie Rodde,   ... 
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Serse is a light and elegant comedy. It opens with the most famous of all Handel's arias, the notorious “Ombre mai fu“ (or Largo), quite a different piece when heard in context. Its mock solemnity sets the tone for what follows. The opera moves swiftly and charmingly, the recitatives often interspersed with brief ariosos rather than full-fledged arias. Outstanding in the cast is Hendricks, her voice flexible and distinctive, clearer and purer than it would become (after the tone began to unknit). She sings with great charm. Watkinson is a fluent Serse but doesn't leave a lasting impression. Oddly enough, I enjoyed Esswood's work more. He was the first of our modern countertenors, and, more than his successors, he seemed to value traditional Read more methods, striving for full-bodied tone enriched by enough vibrato to keep the pitch up and the line spinning. Also praiseworthy is Ulrik Cold, an agile bass.

-- Fanfare [7/1997]
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Works on This Recording

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Serse, HWV 40 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Ortrun Wenkel (Alto),
Anne Marie Rodde (Soprano), Ulrik Cold (Bass), Ulrich Studer (Baritone),
Carolyn Watkinson (Alto)
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Language: Italian 

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