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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce Di Donato - Amor e gelosia: Handel Operatic Duets (2004)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce Di Donato - Amor e gelosia: Handel Operatic Duets (2004)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce Di Donato - Amor e gelosia: Handel Operatic Duets (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 73:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 45628 | Recorded: 2003

The duets in his operas are the special treats, coming at climactic points – most often, two lovers' supposedly final parting, or their ultimate reunion. Try 'Io t'abbraccio', from Rodelinda, or the wonderful 'Per la porte del tormento' from Sosarme. We have several pieces from Poro, first the intense little love duet in Act 2, and later the two arias in which Poro and Cleofide swear eternal fidelity – which they fling back at each other when, in a duet we also hear, both believe themselves betrayed. Then there's the delightful little minor-key duet from Faramondo, the quarrel duet from Atalanta, the charmingly playful piece from Muzio Scevola, and the extraordinary one for the pleading Angelica and the furious, maddened Orlando. Handel's understanding of the shades and accents of love are something to marvel at.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 70:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Symphonia | # SY 94133 | Recorded: 1994

Founded in Amsterdam in 1979 by Alan Curtis, one of the most acclaimed specialists in the interpretation of pre-romantic music, Il Complesso Barocco, has become a renowned international baroque orchestra with a focus on Italian Baroque opera and oratorio. Their rich discography was for a time devoted to the late madrigal repertory, and the film director Werner Herzog chose the ensemble as protagonists for his film Morte a cinque voci (Prix Italia 1996 and Premio Rembrandt, Amsterdam 1996) dedicated to the composer Carlo Gesualdo.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Ann Hallenberg - Handel: Ariodante (2008)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Ann Hallenberg - Handel: Ariodante (2008)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Ann Hallenberg - Handel: Ariodante (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.72+4.08 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 157 min
Classical | Label: Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

Founded in Italy in 1992 by Alan Curtis, one of the most acclaimed specialists in the interpretation of pre-romantic music, Il Complesso Barocco, has become a renowned international baroque orchestra with a focus on Italian Baroque opera and oratorio. Their high standard for interpretation, intonation and stylistic accuracy has led to their being requested in the most important concert venues and festivals in Europe.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Demofoonte (2020)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Demofoonte (2020)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Demofoonte (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 1.10 Gb | Total time: 192:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | 95283 | Recorded: 2014, 2015

Demofoonte dates from the early Milan years of Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), long before the radical reform operas for which he is most famous and his break with opera seria and the librettos of Pietro Metastasio. Gluck arrived in the northern Italian city in 1737 and was mentored there by composer Giovanni Battista Sammartini. Though Sammartini primarily composed symphonies and music for the church, Milan boasted a vibrant opera scene, and Gluck soon formed an association with one of the city's up-and-coming opera houses, the Teatro Regio Ducal.

Anna Bonitatibus, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Haydn: L'infedeltà costante - Operatic Arias and Overtures (2008)

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Anna Bonitatibus, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Haydn: L'infedeltà costante - Operatic Arias and Overtures (2008)

Anna Bonitatibus, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Haydn: L'infedeltà costante - Operatic Arias and Overtures (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 78:05 | Covers included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi ‎| 88697 90377 2 | Recorded: 2008

"L'infedeltà costante" - "Die beständige Untreue", mit diesem Titel haben Anna Bonitatibus und Alan Curtis ihre Haydn-CD umschrieben. Denn um "Untreue" in der einen oder anderen Art geht es bei all den diversen Arien aus Haydns zahlreichen Opern. Die italienische Mezzosopranistin Anna Bonitatibus hat sich Arien aus den Opern La fedeltà premiata, Orlando Palladino, La vera costanza, L'infedeltà delusa, La frascatana, L` isola disabitata und Arianna a Naxos ausgesucht, die Haydn zu Recht als Opernkomponisten "rehabilitieren": Musikalisch abwechslungsreiche, ausdrucksstarke Stücke, die mannigfaltige Facetten von der schlichten Melodie bis hin zu atemberaubenden Koloraturen aufweisen. Eine echte Entdeckung, welche die Sängerin Alan Curtis und sein Complesso Barocco beschwingt präsentieren.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.22 Gb | Total time: 77:55+74:08+68:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP30536 | Recorded: 2011

This exciting studio recording is the second project resulting from the collaboration between Marie-Nicole Lemieux Karina Gauvin and conductor and harpsichordist Alan Curtis' award winning Complesso Barocco. Giulio Cesare is one of Handel's most renowned operas and the role of Giulio Cesare is considered to be one of the most beautiful roles in the baroque opera. The full vocal cast is stunning and Alan Curtis shows once again why he is considered one of the world's leading Handel specialists.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ariodante (2011)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ariodante (2011)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ariodante (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,98 Gb | Total time: 69:54+63:50+59:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099907084423 | Recorded: 2010

The scope and grandeur of Handel's operatic output – the musical variety and inventiveness, the depth of psychological insight, as well as the sheer volume of works – continue to astonish as new operas are brought to light and more familiar works are given productions and recordings that do justice to the material. Ariodante, written in 1735, is nowhere nearly as frequently performed as the more famous operas like Giulio Cesare, but neither is it entirely obscure, and there have been several very fine modern recordings. This version with Alan Curtis leading Il Complesso Barocco can be recommended without reservation to anyone coming to the opera for the first time or for anyone who's already a fan.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice (2010)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice (2010)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 890 Mb | Total time: 60:29+51:14+54:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999 628536 2 | Recorded: 2009

Berenice is one of those slightly problematic operas which seem to work better in the theatre where the gender of the characters is (usually) more obvious. Here we have a pair of low voices, one singing a man and one a woman, and a pair of high voices similarly paired. Curtis has chosen a beautifully balanced cast. But it is one where the voices are not highly distinctive so that you sometimes have to concentrate to tell whether Berenice or Alessandro is singing, or Selene or Arsace. If you listen to the opera with the libretto these sort of problems disappear.

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.

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

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

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Alcina (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.02 Gb | Total time: 76:24+72:16+54:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 7374 | Recorded: 2007

Alan Curtis' stellar recording of Alcina, which joins a respectable number of very fine recordings of the opera, is remarkable for the supple liveliness of his conducting and the outstanding performances of the soloists. The elasticity of his performance, leading Il Complesso Barocco, should dispel any misconceptions about Baroque music being rigid and metronomic. The nuanced care with which he brings out the emotional depth of Handel's writing is evident from the first measures of the overture and enlivens the entire opera.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 767 Mb | Total time: 56:11+45:25+46:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 7106 | Recorded: 2006

For the 1727 season – the waning days of opera's popularity in London – transplanted German composer George Frederick Handel wrote no less than three operas for the English capital's stage. Tolomeo, rè d'Egitto was the last and least enthusiastically received of them. Unsuccessfully revived in 1730 and then again in 1733, Tolomeo was unperformed for the next 200 years, and even now, it remains one of Handel's least performed and recorded operas. Prior to this Archiv set, only a 1995 Vox recording of the work with Richard Auldon Clark leading the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra had been released in the digital era.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Floridante (2007)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Floridante (2007)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Floridante (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 857 Mb | Total time: 58.28+50.21+54.53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 6566 | Recorded: 2006

Handel wrote Floridante in 1722 for a London audience infatuated with Italian opera. The plot, like that of so many Baroque operas, was taken from ancient history and concerns romantic liaisons thrown into turmoil by political rivalries, in this case between Persia and Tyre. Handel wrote over 50 Italian operas, and it's remarkable that he was consistently able to summon such a high level of inventiveness and inspiration when faced repeatedly with librettos that must have come to look depressingly alike in the conventions of their labyrinthine plots.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodelinda (2005)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodelinda (2005)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodelinda (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,98 Gb | Total time: 66:10+59:01+67:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 5391 | Recorded: 2004

Alan Curtis has done more than most to prove that many of Handel's 42 operas are first-rate music dramas – his Admeto, from 1977, was one of the first complete recordings of a Handel opera to feature period instruments and all voices at correct pitch without transpositions – but it is surprising to note that this is his first recording of an undisputed popular masterpiece. Rodelinda, first performed in February 1725, is a stunning work dominated by a title-heroine who remains devoted to her supposedly dead husband Bertarido and scorns the advances of his usurper Grimoaldo.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Pietro Andrea Ziani: Assalonne punito (2000)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Pietro Andrea Ziani: Assalonne punito (2000)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Pietro Andrea Ziani: Assalonne punito (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 61:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Stradivarius | # STR 33548 | Recorded: 1998

Major share in the pleasure Ziani's oratorio gives, the excellent singer, especially Furio Zanasi, who is David draws sensitively with his velvety soft baritone, and Giampaolo Bassoonto as an agile narrator. At Alan Curtis' sensitive line, they're reaching an er- count density and representational presence, which to breathless listening.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Radamisto (2005)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Radamisto (2005)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Radamisto (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 829 Mb | Total time: 61:01+65:25+50:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | 5 45673 2 | Recorded: 2003

Joyce Di Donato and Maite Beaumont are outstanding as the devoted couple tormented by Tiridate’s abuse of power. Their flexible and agile voices are ideally displayed in the opening scenes of Act 2 – Beaumont’s sublime ‘Quando mai’ followed by Di Donato’s powerful ‘Ombra cara’. Patrizia Ciofi is suited to the moods of the Tiridate’s long-suffering wife. Dominique Labelle is the most rounded and ideally equipped Handel soprano in the cast: the music effortlessly trips off her tongue in ‘Mirerò quel vago volto’…