Handel: Giulio Cesare / Connolly, Kirchschlager, De Niese

Release Date: 5/16/2006
Label: Opus Arte
Catalog Number: OA 0950D
Conductor: William Christie
Number of Discs: 3

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Format: All Formats
Regions: All Regions
Picture size: 16:9
Approx running time: 295 Mins
Sound: DTS SurroundSound / LPCM STEREO
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Released: 01/04/2006
Number of discs: 3

Bonus:
Documentary about the opera including interviews with William Christie, David McVicar and the cast.
Informal portrait of Danielle de Niese in her first-ever Glyndebourne season.

"David McVicar's production of Giulio Cesare manages to combine serious insight with entertainment, bringing Handel's masterpiece to life in a powerful, convincing and highly intelligent way. In every line of the complex narrative the subtle nuances are apparent, reflecting perfectly the transparent and exquisite nature of Handel's musical expression. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound, the outstanding singing of the all-star cast, led by a superb Sarah Connolly, and the vivid playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the energising baton of William Christie reveal the colour and dramatic character of Handel's music in a most delightful manner." - BBC Opus Arte

"...a lively and imaginative production, directed by the ever resourceful David McVicar, enchanted and amused. …there was so much good acting, often whilst singing difficult and controlled coloratura." - Musical Opinion

"Christie conducts Handel beguilingly - in fact, I’d go so far as to suggest that nobody does Handel better. Christie drew brisk playing from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, crisp and punchy, yet he also carried the slow tempos with magical stillness. But the performance was about much more than sound alone: underneath the OAE's sheen there was an internalized musical depth to each of the numbers." - Opera

"...a production with performances to savour, led from the pit by William Christie and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on stylish form. Sarah Connolly...gave a complete performance full of intelligence and subtlety. Danielle de Niese stole the show as a wily, fun-filled sex kitten who renders men helpless with her irresistible charms." - Opera Now
Works on This Recording
1. Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Danielle De Niese (Soprano), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo Soprano), Rachid Ben Abdeslam (Counter Tenor), Christophe Dumaux (Counter Tenor), Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
Conductor: William Christie
Period: Baroque
Written: 1724 ; London, England
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