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Handel: Siroe / Cummings, Dennis, Adjei, Zamojska, Giovannini


Release Date: 06/10/2014 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 26401   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Anna DennisYosemeh AdjeiAleksandra ZamojskaAntonio Giovannini
Conductor:  Laurence Cummings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gottingen Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Live recording from the Göttingen International Händel Festival 2013 Betrayal, revenge, inheritance conflicts and forbidden love at the Persian court - in 1728 this explosive mixture inspired Handel to compose the successful opera Siroe, Re di Persia, one of his last compositions for the Royal Academy of Music at the King's Theatre. Handel based his work on the libretto by the famous poet Pietro Metastasio. In its first season Siroe was performed on 18 successive evenings, but it was never subsequently revived in Handel's lifetime. The opera received its first performance in Göttingen with a top-rank cast performing under the musical direction of Laurence Cummings. The Financial Times wrote about the premiere: "This is Read more new artistic director Laurence Cummings' first opera in Göttingen, and it must count as a high point in the festival's history ... Cummings hits every tempo bang in the middle, so that phrases are light and airy, architecture is solid yet soaring, recitatives feel like free speech, and it is often hard not to stand up and dance. His orchestra is superb. This is both musical discovery and pure joy; this is how Handel should be." The live recording will be the only available release on CD of Handel's "Siroe" at the time. It is the beginning of a new cooperation between the Label Accent and the Göttingen International Händel Festival which plans the release of a series with opera productions on CD. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Siroe, Rè di Persia, HWV 24 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Anna Dennis (Soprano), Yosemeh Adjei (Countertenor), Aleksandra Zamojska (Soprano),
Antonio Giovannini (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Laurence Cummings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gottingen Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; London, England 

Sound Samples

Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Overture
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Figli, di voi non meno - Recitative: Amato figlio (Cosroe, Siroe, Medarse)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Aria: Se il mio paterno amore (Cosroe)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Recitative: E puoi, senza arrossirti, fissar - Al fin giungesti a consolar (Siroe, Medarse, Emira, Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Aria da capo: D'ogni amator la fede (Emira)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Recitative: Siroe, non parla? (Laodice, Siroe)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Aria da capo: Se il labbro mio ti giura (Siroe)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Recitative: Di te germana in traccia (Arasse, Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Aria da capo: O placido il mare (Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Recitative: Dall'insidie d'Emira si tolga il - Chi tradisce il mio re? (Siroe, Cosroe, Laodice, Medarse, Emira)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Aria da capo: La sorte mia tiranna (Siroe)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Recitative: Ola! S'osservi il Prence (Cosroe, Emira, Medarse, Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Aria da capo: Vedesti mai sul prato (Emira)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Recitative: Gran mistero in quei detti (Laodice, Medarse)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Aria da capo: Chi e piu fedele ritrova pene (Medarse)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act I: Recitative: Non credo che sian finti (Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Or mi perdo di speranza (Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Arioso: Deh! Voi mi dite, o Numi - Recitative: Dite ... Ma qui Laodice! (Siroe, Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Aria da capo: Mi lagnero tacendo (Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Recitative: Come quel di Laodice, potessi almen - Recitative: Che fai, superbo? (Siroe, Emira, Cosroe)
Concerto Grosso h-Moll, Op. 6, Nr. 12, HWV 330: 3. Larghetto, e piano - Variatio (Fluch der Karibik): Concerto Grosso in B Minor, Op. 6, No. 12, HWV 330: I. Largo - II. Allegro
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Aria da capo: Mi credi infedele (Siroe)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Recitative: Pensoso e il re! (Cosroe, Emira, Medarse)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Aria da capo: Sgombra dell'anima tutto il timor (Emira)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Recitative: Signor, per tua salvezza meglio (Medarse, Cosroe)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Aria da capo: Fra l'orror della tempesta (Medarse)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Recitative: Qui da Cosroe richiesto a lui ne - Non irritar gli dei (Siroe, Cosroe, Emira, Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Aria da capo: Tu di pieta mi spogli (Cosroe)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Recitative: Che risolver deggio? (Siroe, Emira, Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Aria da capo: Fra dubbi affetti miei (Siroe)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Recitative: A costei, che diro? (Emira, Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Aria: L'aura non sempre (Laodice)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Recitative: Si diversi sembianti (Emira)
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Act II: Aria: Non vi piacque, ingiusti dei (Emira)

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