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Handel: Rodrigo / Curtis, Banditelli, Il Complesso Barocco


Release Date: 06/08/1999 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 45897   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Gloria BanditelliSandrine PiauElena Cecchi FediRufus Müller,   ... 
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Until recently, so much of this first opera that Handel wrote for Italy was lost that it was unviable to stage it. The rediscovery of the missing material, a triumph of scholarly detective work, reveals the confident high spirits which characterise so much of Handel’s music during his Italian visit. It lacks the instrumental colours of his more lavish London productions, with many arias supported by continuo alone. All are here, complete (even six which Handel himself discarded), but many are brief and, under Curtis’s lively direction, the dramatic tension builds up splendidly. He has also shortened the recitative, reflecting Handel’s own tendency later, in England, when writing for a non-Italian speaking audience. After a fleeting moment Read more of uncertainty in the Overture, the orchestral playing is superb throughout. Both Banditelli (Rodrigo) and Calvi (Fernando) are well-characterised in their trouser roles, an apt touch of darkness in the voice reflecting Handel’s original castrati. Piau is appealing as Rodrigo’s forgiving wife in some of the most memorable arias – her first with delicate flutes, in Act II, confusing the ear with ambiguous up-beat rhythms. Fedi, as Rinaldo’s rejected mistress, is uncomfortably hard-edged when passions are roused. Outstanding is Müller, duetting alluringly with bassoon, strutting arrogantly in a victory celebration.

-- George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Rodrigo, HWV 5 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Gloria Banditelli (Mezzo Soprano), Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Elena Cecchi Fedi (Soprano),
Rufus Müller (Tenor), Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano), Caterina Calvi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  Basilica dell'Osservanza, Siena, Italy 
Length: 154 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This recording uses a reconstructed performing edition by Alan Curtis. 

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