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Monteverdi: L'incoronazione Di Poppea / Hickox, Auger, Jones

Release Date: 08/07/2009 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 45082   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Della JonesLinda HirstGregory ReinhartSamuel Linay,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Baroque Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A radiantly expressive performance by Arleen Augér.

There’s not much cruelty, corruption or ruthlessness in Arleen Auger’s exquisitely sung portrayal of the manipulative Poppea, but this hardly detracts from her otherwise radiantly expressive performance. This welcome reissue is not just exhilaratingly played by the City of London Baroque Sinfonia with a spareness and verve that keeps the drama taut, but impressively cast. James Bowman is an elegantly spurned Ottone; Gregory Reinhart a noble Seneca; and the wonderful Della Jones a spirited, quite convincingly masculine Nero. The only snag is Linda Hirst’s unlovely, rather hectoring Ottavia; it doesn’t do, somehow, to sympathise with Nero’s decision to dump
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Its chief rival is John Eliot Gardiner’s even starrier live recording from 1996, with Sylvia McNair, Anne Sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Bernarda Fink and Catherine Bott. It’s a difficult choice. Gardiner’s has tremendous energy, and the advantage of a male Nero (Dana Hanchard). But Hickox has greater authenticity (Gardiner uses new ritornellos and a modified version of the text), and by basing his account on a series of staged rather than concert performances, has the edge dramatically. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Claire Wrathall, BBC Music Magazine [reviewing a previous reissue of this recording, Virgin 61783]
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Works on This Recording

L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano), Linda Hirst (Mezzo Soprano), Gregory Reinhart (Bass),
Samuel Linay (Boy Soprano), John Graham-Hall (Tenor), Juliet Booth (Soprano),
Lynton Atkinson (Tenor), Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Bass), Catherine Denley (Alto),
Adrian Thompson (Tenor), Sarah Leonard (Soprano), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Janice Watson (Soprano), Mark Beesley (Baritone), Mark Tucker (Tenor),
Arleen Augér (Soprano), Catherine Pierard (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Baroque Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1642; Venice, Italy 
Language: Italian 

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