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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.

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.

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.

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015)

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 75:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 478 8099 | Recorded: 2014

The history of opera is inseparably linked with the biographies of singers; audiences have always been fascinated by both musical prowess and behind the scenes goings-on. The battle for prestige and fame was heated and passionate in the Baroque era, with legendary rivalries. Fiercely competitive, Cuzzoni and Bordoni were among the most acclaimed divas of the age, resorting to fisticuffs on stage. Present-day prima donnas Genaux, Prina, Nesi and Basso now follow in the footsteps of their fervid predecessors, presenting on disc a tongue-in-cheek survey of standout arias for mezzo soprano and contralto.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Salve Regina: Sacred Music from Naples: Leo, A. Scarlatti, Pergolesi (2009)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Salve Regina: Sacred Music from Naples: Leo, A. Scarlatti, Pergolesi (2009)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Salve Regina: Sacred Music from Naples: Leo, A. Scarlatti, Pergolesi (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 67:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi ‎| 88697539442 | Recorded: 2008

Greek mezzo-soprano, Mary-Ellen Nesi, who sings all five works, produces a stream of gloriously firm tone reminiscent of Bernada Fink, another superb mezzo on the scene these days. Her diction and moulding of phrases here is excellent. The two Leonardo Leo settings of the Salve Regina (in C Minor and F Major) which begin the disc are followed by a cello Concerto (also by Leonardo Leo) and a world premiere recording of an Alessandro Scarlatti setting of salve Regina (in C Minor) and then the two better known Pergolesi settings (in C and A Minor) conclude the disc. The cello soloist is lovely too and all works receive excellent support from Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco.

Federico Maria Sardelli, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Vivaldi: Il Farnace (2015)

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Federico Maria Sardelli, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Vivaldi: Il Farnace (2015)

Federico Maria Sardelli, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Vivaldi: Il Farnace (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 704 Mb | Total time: 69:40+74:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS7670/1-2 | Recorded: 2013

Il Farnace is the most re-written and re-proposed of Vivaldi’s operas, it’s like a beloved child who worries his father, and to whom the parent always wants to give the best. Versions of Farnace, two in 1727 and one each in 1730, 1731 and 1732, had been conceived and adapted to the different circumstances for Venice, Prague, Pavia and Mantua, always with a cast to Vivaldi’s satisfaction and with the composer in control of the production.

Mary-Ellen Nesi, George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Archetypon: Porpora, Hasse, Cherubini, Paisiello, Gluck, Fiore, Handel (2018)

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Mary-Ellen Nesi, George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Archetypon: Porpora, Hasse, Cherubini, Paisiello, Gluck, Fiore, Handel (2018)

Mary-Ellen Nesi, George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Archetypon: Arias by Porpora, Hasse, Cherubini, Paisiello, Gluck, Fiorè & Handel (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 63:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # MDG 909 2064-6 | Recorded: 2017

Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi presents thirteen arias most of them recorded here for the first time inspired by ten Greek female archetypes. George Petrou and the brilliant Armonia Atenea add fire to this exciting collection of 18th-century masterpieces. MDG listeners will be familiar with Mary-Ellen Nesi from several outstanding Handel recordings. In her most recent recital the acclaimed mezzo-soprano turns to dramatic roles from Baroque and classical operas.

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Handel: Alessandro Severo; Manzaro: Don Crepuscolo (2011)

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Handel: Alessandro Severo; Manzaro: Don Crepuscolo (2011)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Handel: Alessandro Severo; Manzaro: Don Crepuscolo (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 898 Mb | Total time: 78:38+78:52+29:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1674-2 | Recorded: 2010

These are world premiere recordings and these Handel specialists have once again scored a major coup. Alessandro Severo is based on the life of a Roman emperor of the third century and is in the form of a pasticcio. Manzaro composed the Greek national anthem and the discovery of an opera by him was a major find by the Greek conductor George Petrou. Armonia Atenia perform on period instruments.

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Tamerlano (2007)

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George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Tamerlano (2007)

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Tamerlano (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 915 Mb | Total time: 66:23+60:52+65:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1457-2 | Recorded: 2006

We’re lucky enough to be having rather a clutch of important Handel recordings emerge at the moment. This latest is the first recording to use the version of Tamerlano performed at its premiere. And George Patras’s Greek forces do the opera proud. In a real ensemble achievement, Nicholas Spanos is outstanding in the title-role, surmounting the vocal hurdles with ease.
- Gramophone

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Motezuma (2011)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Motezuma (2011)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Motezuma (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 153 min | 4,22+7,45 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol | Recorded: 2008

Motezuma is Vivaldi’s only opera set in the New World. The manuscripts for this rarely performed and rarely heard opera were only rediscovered in 2002 and currently only one CD version exists recorded by Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco. Of the CD recording, BBC Music Magazine wrote: “The instrumentalists of Il Complesso Barocco are on excellent form as indeed is Vivaldi himself in a rewarding score”.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Ercole su'l Termodonte (2007)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Ercole su'l Termodonte (2007)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Ercole su'l Termodonte (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 136 min | 6.67 GB (DVD9)
Classics | Label: Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

Ercole su’l Termodonte was Vivaldi’s 16th opera, appearing in 1723 in Rome. There was a Papal ban on women appearing on stage at the time and so the opera was sung by seven castrati and a male tenor, the latter singing the title role, Hercules. Portraying either the Amazons of myth or Greek warriors, the castrati must have been quite a scene and made quite a sound. Conducted by a Catholic priest–Vivaldi himself–with red hair, the entire proposition boggles the mind.