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Alessandro Severo/Don Crepuscolo Box set


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  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: MDG
  • ASIN: B004H3L6WC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Act I
3. Act II
Disc: 2
1. Act II
2. Act III
Disc: 3
1. Don Crepuscolo

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 April 2011
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George Petrou must be making quite a name for himself by now - with four delightful releases under his belt (Oreste, Arianna in Creta, Tamerlano & Giulio Cesare) he now turns to a world première recording of Handel's pasticcio opera of 1738, which re-used a considerable amount of material from the previous season's Arminio, Giustino and Berenice, which were never revived, along with pieces from several earlier works.

Having previously worked with the Orchestra of Patros, Petrou this time directs the ensemble "Armonia Atenea", whose quality is none the less. Some of the vocal personnel remain familiar though, including fabulous mezzo Mary-Ellen Nesi who takes the title role of Alessandro. Norwegian soprano Marita Solberg appears as his wife Salustia. Mezzo Kristina Hammarstrom, who took the title role in Giulio but who I felt didn't quite hack it there, plays Alessandro's mother Giulia in what is a significantly better performance this time I feel. Another Petros regular, the lovely mezzo Irini Karaianni is excellent as Albina, and solid performances in the other smaller roles are provided by soprano Gemma Bertagnolli and bass Petros Magoulas.

One minor annoyance is the handful of occasions of banging and crashing about as though this were a recording of a live performance, though clearly it is not; I can't obviously relate the noises to any intended "sound effects" which would fit with the plot at those points, so I don't know what that is all about.

The three acts of Alessando are presented in two discs; the third disc is a short (~30 mins) comic piece "Don Crepuscolo" by Niccolo Manzaro with bass soloist Christophoros Stamboglis. It's personally not to my taste at all really as it is of a later age, so I'm not bothered to comment upon it.

The set comprises three discs packaged in a double jewel case along with booklet containing notes in English, French & German, plus libretti with English translation.
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By Marinos Yeroulanos on 21 Feb. 2013
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An excellent performance of a difficult and rare work. The Don Crepuscolo by Nicolo Manzaro was a great, pleasant surprise !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fine Handel pasticcio with an odd coupling 7 Dec. 2011
By Virginia Opera Fan - Published on Amazon.com
"Alessandro Severo" is one of three pasticcio operas (along with "Giove in Argo" and "Oreste") in which Handel recycles material from earlier works - in the present case with a newly composed overture and recitatives. The music sits happily in its new setting and presents numerous opportunities for detective work for anyone familiar with the composer's forty some operas. Petrou and his forces have also given us the pasticcio "Oreste" along with "Arianna a Creta," "Guilio Cesare" and "Tamerlano." The last beats the recorded competition handily and the present item does not disappoint. The singers have good voices and vocal technique - in the case of Mary Ellen Nesi more than good - and bring the characters to life. Nesi's dark mezzo and fine florid singing have been ornaments of all Petrou's efforts. On the less positive side, the ornamentation in some of the da capo repeats strikes me as excessive - more like recomposition. The period instrument orchestra plays well, but I would have preferred a more straightforward treatment of the continuo instrumentation with less fussing a la Rene Jacobs.

The third disc presents inconsequential piece by the Greek composer Manzaro. It is a pleasant enough work in the style of Rossini's early efforts (La Cambiale di Matrimonio, etc.) but seems out of place and hardly worth the price of the additional disc. Couldn't MDG have given us one of Handel's dramatic cantatas instead? The coupling and my reservations stated above about the performance of the major work make me deduct a star from this significant addition to the Handel discography. As the only recording of Alessando Severo, it is self-recommending.
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Tony 30 Aug. 2012
By Tony - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting work,but I'm not sure if I will be playing it very often, as it is doubtful if it is a work by Handel.
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