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Handel: Giulio Cesare / Scholl, Bartoli, Antonini


Release Date: 05/20/2016 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002494909  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Anne Sofie von OtterCecilia BartoliAndreas SchollPhilippe Jaroussky
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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This “dynamite new production” (Opera Today) of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto inaugurated Cecilia Bartoli’s first season as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012.

“Bartoli’s Dream Start with Dream Voices” wrote the Vienna Kurier of this uproarious Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier in which Bartoli heads a hand-picked cast including Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky and Anne Sofie Von Otter with Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini.

Reviews:

Andreas Scholl’s coloratura is note perfect, he phrases recitatives with as much musicianship as arias, and the steadiness
Read more and purity of his voice are remarkable.

– The Financial Times

Bartoli remains at her peak. Not only is her coloratura flawless, and her voice as colorful and ravishingly beautiful as ever, but her ability to use her incomparable technique at the service of expression has also deepened with age. As a seductress, Bartoli was irresistible. Teasing out her incomparably agile coloratura runs, she softened high notes to tickle the senses with a mixture of sweetness and delight. When, in the second act, she mounted a missile and diagonally ascended into the heavens, it felt as though she were riding the ultimate pink Cadillac off to her honeymoon rendezvous. And in her final aria, “Da tempeste il legno infranto” when she danced around the stage and adorned herself with strings of lights while flashing the trademark Bartoli smile, it was all one could do to resist running onstage and give her a huge hug.

– San Francisco Classical Voice Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor),
Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

Customer Reviews

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 Handel : Giulio Cesare November 29, 2016 By K. Perlman (Madison, WI) See All My Reviews "The performers in the DVD : Anne Sofie von Otter, Cecilia Bartoli, Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky are spectacular. The staging is sadly awful and absolutely not appropriate.Even the costumes are awful. I still recommend this DVD because of the exceptional artistic achievement of the performers. K. Perlman" Report Abuse
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