Handel: Alcina & Tamerlano / Rousset, Piau, Les Talens Lyriques [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 1/13/2017
Label: Alpha
Catalog Number: ALPHA715
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
Number of Discs: 2

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This Handelian diptych, the brainchild of the director Pierre Audi, was conceived in a style of great purity, right down to the costumes, the decors and the sumptuous chiaroscuro lighting. In order to replicate this aesthetic, reminiscent of Renaissance paintings, with the greatest possible fidelity, the performances, filmed in high resolution, are being released on BLU RAY only. Christophe Rousset and his orchestra convey exceptional fervor in this music, here served by the finest Handelian voices imaginable, foremost among them Sandrine Piau, who enjoyed a genuine triumph in the stage production. Nor can one forget the dramatic performance of Jeremy Ovenden in Tamerlano, or the beauty of the voices of Ann Hallenberg, Sophie Karthauser, Delphine Galou and the countertenor Christophe Dumaux. Christophe Rousset writes of this production: “…In Alcina, Handel gives us one of his most dramatically accomplished scores, in which each character follows a wholly individual trajectory, and the different “stages” of love are delicately handled.”
Works on This Recording
1. Tamerlano, HWV 18 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Nathan Berg (Baritone), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano), Jeremy Ovenden (Tenor), Caroline D'haese, Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Delphine Galou (Alto), Christophe Dumaux (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1724 ; London, England
2. Alcina, HWV 34 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Edouard Higuet, Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Daniel Behle (Tenor), Giovanni Furlanetto (Bass), Sabina Puértolas (Voice), Angélique Noldus (Mezzo Soprano), Chloe Briot (Mezzo Soprano), Maité Beaumont (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; London, England
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