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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ezio (2009)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ezio (2009)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ezio (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 991 Mb | Total time: 67:56+61:08+57:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 8073 | Recorded: 2008

Alan Curtis continues his exemplary series of Handel operas for Archiv with Ezio, a 1732 work that has received few modern productions. Its initial limited success and failure to generate much interest until the late twentieth century may have to do with its length (over three hours), its preponderance of recitatives, and the composer's reluctance to use the voices together in ensembles, so that the entire opera, until the final chorus, consists of solo singing. Handel's gift for astute psychological insight and distinctive musical characterization is evident throughout the score, and the recitatives, which are necessary for explicating Metastasio's convoluted plot, are not a problem when they are performed with as much vivid dramatic realism as they are here.
Curtis' decision to use a woman rather than a countertenor in the title role originally written for the castrato Senesino is risky because having women, three of them altos, in all but two of the roles creates the possibility of lack of vocal variety. The singers he has chosen, though, have such distinctive voices that it's easy to tell which character is singing even without following the libretto. Sonia Prina as the emperor Valentiniano has a deep resonance that makes her immediately recognizable. Ann Hallenberg, in the castrato role of Ezio, projects a masculine personality that sets her apart from Marianne Andersen, as Onorio, Valentiniano's sister. Karina Gauvin as Fulvia stands apart as the sole soprano and sings with limpid tenderness and expressiveness. All four women perform with exceptionally clear and focused tone and have the coloratura agility to handle Handel's virtuosic requirements with apparently effortless flair. Bass Vito Priante is also outstanding in the small but demanding role of Varo. Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani is entirely adequate as Massimo, but in such stellar company, his tenor sounds small and conventional in comparison. Curtis' leadership of Il Complesso Barocco is fleet, supple, and colorful. Archiv's sound is clean and detailed, with an excellent sense of immediacy. Ezio may not be at the pinnacle of Handel's operatic output, but especially in a performance this fine, it should be of strong interest to enthusiasts of Baroque opera.
–Stephen Eddins

Performer:
Ezio - Ann Hallenberg
Fulvia - Karina Gauvin
Valentiniano - Sonia Prina
Onoria - Marianne Andersen
Massimo - Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani
Varo – Vito Priante
Il Complesso Barocco
Conductor - Alan Curtis

Track List:
CD1:
01. Ouverture
02. Atto I. La Marche
03. Recitativo: Signor, vincemo (Ezio, Valentiniano)
04. Aria: Se tu la reggi al volo(Valentiniano)
05. Recitativo: Lascia, ch'al sen ti stringa (Massimo, Ezio, Fulvia)
06. Aria: Pensa a serbarmi, o cara (Ezio)
07. Recitativo: È tempo, o genitore (Fulvia, Massimo)
08. Aria: Caro padre, a me non dèi (Fulvia)
09. Recitativo: Un oltraggiato amore (Massimo)
10. Aria: Il nocchier che si figura (Massimo)
11. Recitativo: Del vincitor ti chiedo (Onoria, Varo)
12. Aria: Quanto mai felici siete (Onoria)
13. Recitativo: Perché tanto tormento (Varo)
14. Aria: Se un bell'ardire (Varo)
15. Recitativo: Olà, Ezio qui venga! (Valentiniano, Massimo)
16. Aria: Se povero il ruscello(Massimo)
17. Recitativo: Signor!/Duce, un momento (Ezio, Valentiniano)
18. Aria: So chi t'accese (Valentiniano)
19. Recitativo: Ezio, ti leggo in volto (Fulvia, Ezio)
20. Aria: Se fedele mi brama (Ezio)
21. Recitativo: A Cesare nascondi (Fulvia, Onoria)
22. Aria: Finché un zeffiro soave (Fulvia)
CD2:
01. Atto II. Sinfonia
02. [Accompagnato]: Qual silenzio è mai questo! (Massimo)
03. Aria: Vi fida lo sposo (Valentiniano)
04. Recitativo: E puoi d'un tuo delitto (Fulvia, Massimo)
05. Aria: Va dal furor portata (Massimo)
06. [Accompagnato]: Che fo? dove mi volgo? (Fulvia)
07. Aria: Recagli quell'acciaro (Ezio)
08. Recitativo: Varo, se amasti mai (Fulvia, Varo)
09. Aria: Quel finger affetti (Fulvia)
10. [Accompagnato]: Folle è colui che al tuo favor si fida(Varo)
11. Aria: Nasce al bosco in rozza cuna (Varo)
12. Recitativo: Massimo, anch'io lo veggo (Onoria, Massimo)
13. Aria: Finché per te mi palpita (Onoria)
14. Recitativo: Olà! qui si conduca il prigionier! (Valentiniano, Fulvia, Massimo)
15. Aria: La mia costanza (Fulvia)
16. Recitativo: Ah! ingrata! Ah, temerario! (Valentiniano, Ezio, Massimo)
17. Aria: Ecco alle mie catene (Ezio)
CD3:
01. Atto III. [Sinfonia]
02. Recitativo: Ezio qui venga (Onoria, Ezio)
03. Aria: Guarda pria se in questa fronte (Ezio)
04. Recitativo: Eh ben, da quel superbo (Valentiniano, Onoria)
05. Aria: Peni tu per un 'ingrata (Onoria)
06. Recitativo: Olà! Varo si chiami! (Valentiniano, Varo)
07. Aria: Se la mia vita dono è d'Augusto (Ezio)
08. Recitativo: Che mai sarà? (Massimo, Fulvia, Valentiniano)
09. Aria: Per tutto il timore perigli m'addita (Valentiniano)
10. Recitativo: Cara figlia, per te vivo (Massimo, Fulvia)
11. Aria: Tergi l'ingiuste lagrime (Massimo)
12. [Accompagnato]: Misera, dove son? (Fulvia)
13. Aria: Ah! non son io che parlo (Fulvia)
14. Recitativo: Inorridisci, o Roma (Massimo, Varo)
15. Aria: Già risonar dintorno (Varo)
16. Recitativo: Ah traditori! (Valentiniano, Massimo, Fulvia)
17. Aria: Stringo alfine il mio contento (Ezio)
18. Coro: È più bella quella fede


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