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Handel: Partenope / Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company


Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 719   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Hilary SummersLawrence ZazzoStephen WallaceAndrew Foster-Williams,   ... 
Conductor:  Christian Curnyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Opera Company
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Italian/English libretto included.

"Partenope is mature Handel, and belongs in the top flight of his stage works. A comedy from 1730, which was first rejected as too frivolous by the Royal Academy of Music in London, the text had been set 20 years earlier by Caldara for an opera that had been a major influence on the young Handel. The tone is light and the action - all disguises and cross-dressing, with everyone ending up with the right partner - is swift moving; there are relatively few extended arias but a number of ensembles, as well as the obligatory sinfonia and march for the battle scene at the beginning of the second act. This performance under Christian Curnyn hits the right spot from the very start. There are no
Read more outstanding performances, but a whole collection of first-rate ones - Rosemary Joshua in the title role of the queen with so many admirers, Hilary Summers as the princess Rosmira, Kurt Streit as Emilio, the one prince who doesn't get the girl. Handel collectors needn't hesitate." - Andrew Clements, Guardian Unlimited
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Works on This Recording

1.
Partenope, HWV 27 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Hilary Summers (Soprano), Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor), Stephen Wallace (Countertenor),
Andrew Foster-Williams (Tenor), Rosemary Joshua (Soprano), Kurt Streit (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christian Curnyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Opera Company
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1730; London, England 
Length: 190 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Version: 02/1730 

Sound Samples

Partenope, HWV 27: Overture
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 1: Tu dell' eccelse Mura (Thou to the lofty Walls) (Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 1: Viva viva Partenope viva (Oh live Parthenope! Live Ages o'er) (Chorus) - Miei Fidi arride il Cielo (My Friends, Heaven views us with a Look benign) (Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 2: Arsace (Arsaces) (Armindo, Arsace, Partenope, Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 3: Regina, in folte Schiere (Great Queen!) (Ormonte, Arsace, Armindo, Partenope, Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 3: L' Amor ed il Destin (Both Love and Fate shall meet) (Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 3: O Eurimene ha l' idea di Rosmira (Or Eurimines has Rosmira's Air) (Arsace)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 4: Cavalier, se gli Dei (Sir, if the Gods have not inclined your Thoughts) (Rosmira, Armindo)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 4: Se non ti sai spiegar (If then you fear to speak) (Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 4: Voglio dire al mio tesoro (Now to my lovely Fair I'll fly) (Armindo)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 5: Ah! Ch' un volto fatal mi da gran pena! (What Pangs I suffer from a fatal Face!) (Arsace, Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 5: Un altra volta ancor (You promised, Faithless, once before) (Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 5: Sento Amor con novi Dardi (Love unrelenting, with a varied Dart) (Arsace)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 6: Stan pronti i miei Guerrieri a stringer l' armi? (Are my brave Warriors now prepared for Battle?) (Partenope, Ormonte)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 6: T' appresta forse amore (Or Love perhaps may bid you arm) (Ormonte)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 7: Signora (My Queen) (Armindo, Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 8: E di che reo son Io? (And in what fatal Act have I offended?) (Arsace, Partenope) - Per te moro (For thee the Pangs of Death I prove) (Arsace, Partenope) - Taci, basta (Enough, my Fairest, O forbear) (Arsace, Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 9: E se giunge Eurimene? (And what tho' Eurimenes now approaches) (Partenope, Arsace, Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 9: Sei mia gioja, sei mio bene (Thou art my Joy, in thee I'm blest) (Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 9: Dimmi pietoso Ciel (Tell me, ye gracious Power, that rule the Sky) (Arsace)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 10: Ecco Emilio (Behold Emilius) (Ormonte, Emilio, Partenope, Armindo, Rosmira, Arsace)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 10: Anch' Io pugnar sapro (Now War shall all my Thoughts engage) (Emilio)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 11: Arsace, tu sarai (To you, Arsaces, as my General) (Partenope, Armindo, Rosmira, Arsace, Ormonte)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 11: Io ti levo l' Impero dell' Armi (Your Power in Arms I now control) (Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 12: Lascia deh! lascia, o Prence (Forbear, let me entreat you, Prince, forbear) (Arsace, Rosmira, Armindo)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 12: E figlio il mio timore (The Fears my throbbing Heart express) (Arsace)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 13: Prence, di te mi lagno (Ah Prince! with Reason I reproach your Conduct) (Armindo, Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act I Scene 13: Io seguo sol fiero (My Genius leads me to the Glades) (Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 1: Sinfonia
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 1: Marche
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 1: Con valorosa mano (With a victorious Hand) (Emilio, Partenope, All)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 1: Sinfonia
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 1: Renditi, o pure estinto (Yield, or you die) (Emilio, Arsace, Rosmira, Partenope, Ormonte)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 1: Vi circondi la Gloria d' Allori (May Laurel grace your Brows sublime) (Partenope, Arsace, Armindo, Rosmira, Ormonte)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 2: Contro un pudico Amor cotanto sdegno (And can such Scorn pursue my purest Passion) (Emilio)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 2: Barbaro Fato si (Yes, Fate, I feel thy cruel Doom) (Emilio)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 3: Care Mura in si bel giorno (Ye pleasing Walls) (Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 3: Emilio! (Emilius!) (Partenope, Emilio, Rosmira, Arsace, Ormonte, Armindo)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 3: Voglio amare insin ch' Io moro (Till Death divides me from my Love) (Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 4: E vuoi con dure tempre (And will that unrelenting Mind) (Arsace, Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 5: Non puo darsi in un petto (No Breast did ever sure contain before) (Emilio, Armindo, Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 5: Furie son dell' Alma mia (Revenge and Rage and jealous Pain) (Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 6: A pro di chi t' offese (And how can you imploy thes friendly Prayers) (Partenope, Arsace)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 6: Porterti dir vorrei (I wish, believe me, to impart) (Arsace)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 7: Regina (My Queen) (Armindo, Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 7: Non chiedo o luci vaghe (Dear charming Eyes that pierced my Heart) (Armindo)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 7: Qual Farfalletta (Like the poor Wanton in the Night) (Partenope)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 8: Quanto godo Eurimene (How do I joy to see my Eurimines) (Armindo, Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 9: Rosmira mia, mio bene! (O my Rosmira! my Soul's better Part) (Arsace, Rosmira)
Partenope, HWV 27: Act II Scene 9: Furibondo spira il vento (The furious Blast resistless flies) (Arsace)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fantastic Recording - Many Amazing Voices November 29, 2014 By Alex W. (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "The bottom line (at the top): This is a stellar recording of a humorous and delightful Baroque (Handel) opera. It is filled with emotive, rich, and impressively difficult arias that will stick in your head long after the 3rd CD is finished playing. If you're interested in testing out a Baroque opera, this is a great introduction representative of the time period. Partenope is an excellent Baroque opera seria, although Silvio Stampiglia's libretto is actually humorous and light, breaking away from traditional opera seria. Some would call Partenope opera buffa, which may be more accurate. Partenope is a bit tongue and cheek, somewhat mocking the more traditional opera seria. This particular recording is beautiful, and at times even charming. A number of the da capo arias from Partenope are magnificent, and are treated and embellished generously by this cadre of performers. Act II is my favorite act, particularly the arias "Furie Son Dell' Alma Mia" and "Qual Farfalletta," the latter being a remarkable version of this gorgeous aria. "T' Appresta Forse Amore" in Act I is ingeniously sung, a real musical treat, especially when you know the translation. Act III has one of my favorite aria recordings in my personal collection: "La Gloria in Nobil Alma." This "Gloria" is absolutely stellar, and is so cheerfully sung. The fact that multiple countertenors were enlisted for this recording makes for yet another compelling reason to purchase this album. I am fortunate enough to have seen a live production of Partenope in San Francisco (Christopher Alden premier in 2014). Though I believe some of the voices were actually better in the staged version I saw, this particular recording certainly holds its own. It is sung with a bit of a flare for drama, especially where drama is important to the story, but Christian Curnyn focuses on the vocals, which is exactly what a CD/MP3 recording ought to be focused on if it is not recorded live. All in all: stellar quality, amazing voices and a compelling story come together to make this a recording Baroque opera and/or Handel lovers should not pass up." Report Abuse
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