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Handel: Giulio Cesare / Scholl, Bartoli, Antonini [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 05/20/2016 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002494859  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Anne Sofie von OtterCecilia BartoliAndreas SchollPhilippe Jaroussky
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Number of Discs: 1 
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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’s
Read 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.

– San Francisco Classical Voice Read less

Works on This Recording

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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 Ultimate Baroque Handel November 3, 2017 By 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
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