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Handel: Giulio Cesare / Sydney Opera

Handel / Pushee / Kenny
Release Date: 07/27/2004 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 2911  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Richard AlexanderYvonne KennyElizabeth CampbellGraham Pushee,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

HANDEL Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Richard Hickox, cond; Graham Pushee (Giulio Cesare); Richard Alexander (Curio); Rosemary Gunn (Cornelia); Elizabeth Campbell (Sesto); Stephen Bennett (Achilla); Yvonne Kenny (Cleopatra); Rodney Gilchrist (Nireno); Andrew Dalton (Tolomeo); Op Australia Dancers; Australian Op & Ballet O; Francisco Negrin, stage dir; Peter Butler, video dir KULTUR (DVD: 206:52) Live: Sydney 1994

There is much good singing to be heard in this production of what may be Handel’s greatest opera, and some that is truly spectacular. Most of the latter comes, fittingly, from the two principals. As Cleopatra, Yvonne Kenny, the admirable Ilia in the 1983 DVD of Mozart’s Idomeneo, gives perhaps the finest
Read more performance of her distinguished career, encompassing every aspect of her music from seduction to despair by way of satirical wit without ever (and I mean this literally) losing countenance. The Giulio is Graham Pushee... I was unprepared for the sheer splendor of his singing here... Excellent too is the Sesto of Elizabeth Campbell...Stephen Bennett is a strong Achilla, and Curio and Nireno are in capable hands with Richard Alexander and Rodney Gilchrist...Well informed in style and complete except for a few cuts—mostly of middle sections and da capos—it is splendidly enough sung to compete on that level with the finest audio versions of the opera...and for once the visual element adds to the impact of the work rather than compromising it.

Bernard Jacobson, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1. Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Richard Alexander (Bass), Yvonne Kenny (Soprano), Elizabeth Campbell (Mezzo Soprano),
Graham Pushee (Counter Tenor), Rosemary Gunn (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

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