This new Blu-Ray release captures the production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto that inaugurated Cecilia Bartoli’s first season as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012. Bartoli sang Cleopatra and other roles were taken by Andreas Scholl, Anne Sofie von Otter, Philippe Jaroussky and others with Giovanni Antonini leading Il Giardino Armonico. This “dynamite new production” (Opera Today) is now available for all to enjoy.
Andreas Scholl’sRead more coloratura is note perfect, he phrases recitatives with as much musicianship as arias, and the steadiness 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.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17by George Frideric Handel Performer:
Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano),
Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano),
Andreas Scholl (Countertenor),
Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque Written: 1724; London, England
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Ultimate Baroque HandelNovember 3, 2017By William Wood (Sunnyvale, CA)See All My Reviews"This Decca recording is baroque Handle at his best. The modernized staging in this case really works. Counter tenor Andreas Scholl is perfect as Cesare. Flawless coloratura runs. I especially like Va tacito. The obligato horn here is effortless and spectacular. A must have!"Report Abuse