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George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)

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George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)

George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 648 Mb | Total time: 76:39+68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1273-2 | Recorded: 2004

Ever the recycler, Handel cobbled together Oreste from parts of pre-existing scores for his 1734 season at Covent Garden. The work promptly disappeared from the repertory for the next 250 years – a fact that is both understandable, given that it's a less convincing result than his fully original operas, and a shame, since Handel's table scraps are still amongst the most entertaining morsels from the period. The present recording, by George Petrou, the Camerata Stuttgart, and a cast of mostly Greek singers, is its first complete performance on CD and an admirably realized production, characterized by polished, stylish singing and vivid orchestral playing. In style, sound, and dramatic pacing, Petrou's effort distinguishes itself as a fine entry in the Handelian opera catalog, and makes a compelling argument for the musical value of the piece itself.
Mary-Ellen Nesi handles the wide ranging castrato title role with gusto and dramatic conviction. Mata Katsuli brings an ethereal purity to her performance as Ifigenia, and Nicholas Spanos' unusually well-focused and legitimate countertenor voice, although sometimes lacking in presence, has a pleasingly brilliant upper range and a lively tone quality that makes his elegant treatment of Handel's style sound even more exemplary. Antonis Koroneos' countertenor is not as special in quality, but capable of greater force and dramatic expressivity in the role of Pilade. Petros Magoulas' robust performance as Toante is appropriately regal, gaining gruff character from occasional roughness in his upper register. The vigorous coloratura of Ermione's opening "Dite pace e fulminate" is not flattering to soprano Maria Mitsopoulou, but she recovers nicely for "Vola l'augello" in Act II; Ermione is certainly among Handel's more demanding soprano roles. Petrou's conducting is well measured and cohesive, and especially notable for its rhythmic vitality. This recording is a must-hear for Handelian aficianados.
–Allen Schrott


Performer:
Oreste – Mary-Ellen Nesi
Ermione – Marita Mitsopoulou
Ifidenia – Mata Katsuli
Pilade – Petros Koroneos
Toante – Petros Magoulas
Filotete – Nicholas Spanos
Camerata Stuttgart
Conductor - George Petrou

Track List:
CD1:
01. Ouverture
02. Atto I. Aria: Pensieri, voi mi tormente (Oreste)
03. Recitativo ed Accompagnato: O tu del gran Toante (Oreste)
04. Aria: Bella calma (Ifigenia)
05. Recitativo: Sul tiranno Toante (Ifigenia, Oreste)
06. Aria: Agitato da fiere tempeste (Oreste)
07. Recitativo: D'Argo e costui? (Ifigenia, Filotete)
08. Aria: Dirti vorrei (Ifigenia)
09. Recitativo: Udisti, Filotete? (Filotete)
10. Aria: Orgogliosetto va l'augelletto (Filotete)
11. Recitativo: Ecco, al fine son giunta (Ermione)
12. Aria: Io Sperai di veder il tuo volto (Ermione)
13. Recitativo: Ermione, e quando mai (Pilade, Filotete, Ermione, Toante)
14. Aria: Vado intrepido alla morte (Pilade)
15. Recitativo: Bella, non lagrimar (Ermione)
16. Aria: Pensa ch'io sono un rege amante (Toante)
17. Recitativo: In queste Piaggie apriche (Ermione)
18. Aria: Dite pace e fulminate (Ermione)
19. Balli: Gavotte
20. Balli: Gavotte
21. Balli: Jigg
22. Atto II. Sinfonia
23. Recitativo: Questo e pur l'Atrio (Oreste, Pilade, Filotete, Toante)
24. Aria: Empio, se mi dai vita (Oreste)
25. Recitativo: Non osi alcuno di macchiar le mani (Ifigenia, Oreste, Toante)
26. Aria: Se'l caro figlio (Ifigenia)
27. Recitativo: Ascoltami, ben mio (Pilade, Oreste)
28. Aria: Caro amico, a morte io vo (Pilade)
29. Recitativo: Ingiusti numi (Oreste)
30. Aria: Un interrotto affetto (Oreste)
31. Recitativo: Bella Ifigenia (Filotete, Ifigenia)
32. Aria: Qualor tu paga sei (Filotete)
33. Recitativo: Palpita in seno il cor (Ifigenia, Oreste)
34. Aria: Sento nell'alma (Ifigenia)
CD2:
01. Recitativo: Grazie alli sommi Dei (Oreste)
02. Aria: Dopo l'orrore (Oreste)
03. Recitativo: O mio diletto sposo (Ermione, Oreste)
04. Aria: Vola l'augello (Ermione)
05. Recitativo: Tanto ardir (Toante, Ermione, Oreste)
06. Duetto: Ah, mia cara (Ermione, Oreste)
07. Balli: Prelude
08. Balli: Air
09. Balli: Ballo
10. Atto III. Sinfonia
11. Recitativo: Si guidi a me (Toante, Ermione)
12. Aria: Tu di pieta mi spogli (Toante)
13. Recitativo: A morte va lo sposo! (Ermione)
14. Aria: Piango dolente il sposo (Ermione)
15. Recitativo: Bella Ifigenia, in vano (Filotete, Ifigenia)
16. Aria: Mostratevi serene (Filotete)
17. Recitativo: Volesse il ciel (Ifigenia)
18. Aria: Mi lagnero, tacendo (Ifigenia)
19. Recitativo: Ola, piu non s'induggi (Toante, Ifigenia, Ermione, Oreste)
20. Aria: Non Sempre Invendicato (Ermione)
21. Recitativo; Nel regio editto (Pilade, Toante, Ifigenia, Filotete, Ermione, Oreste)
22. Coro di Popolo e Sinfonia: Mora il Tirano, mora (Oreste, Pilade, Coro)
23. Aria: Del fasto di quell'alma (Pilade)
24. Recitativo: Popoli, il giogo infame (Oreste)
25. Aria: In mille dolci modi (Oreste)
26. Balli: Gavotte
27. Balli: Menuet
28. Balli: Menuet
29. Coro: Bella sorge la speranza


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