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Listen  1. Giasone: Sinfonia avanti il PrologoConcerto Vocale and René Jacobs0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Giasone: PrologoAgnès Mellon, René Jacobs, Guy de Mey and Concerto Vocale 7:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 1. Ercole, BessoConcerto Vocale, Harry Van der Kamp, René Jacobs and Michael Schopper 6:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 2. Giasone, Ercole "Delizie, contenti"Concerto Vocale, Michael Chance, Harry Van der Kamp and René Jacobs 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 2. Ercole "E così prepari alla pugna"Concerto Vocale, Harry Van der Kamp and René Jacobs 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 3. Medea "Se dardo pungente"Concerto Vocale, Gloria Banditelli and René Jacobs 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 4. Egeo, MedeaConcerto Vocale, René Jacobs, Guy de Mey and Gloria Banditelli 8:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 5. Oreste "Fiero amor l'alma tormenta"Bernard Deletré, Concerto Vocale and René Jacobs 1:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 6. Demo, OresteBernard Deletré, René Jacobs, Concerto Vocale and Gian Paolo Fagotto 8:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 7. Delfa "Voli il tempo, se sa"Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs and Dominique Visse 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 8, 9. Medea, Delfa, GiasoneConcerto Vocale, René Jacobs, Michael Chance, Gloria Banditelli and Dominique Visse 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 10, 11. Giasone, Medea, DelfaConcerto Vocale, Gloria Banditelli, René Jacobs, Dominique Visse and Michael Chance 6:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 11. Duo Medea, Giasone "O mio core"Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs, Michael Chance and Gloria Banditelli 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 12. Delfa "Godi, bella coppia"Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs and Dominique Visse 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 13. Isifile, "Lassa, che fer degg'io"Catherine Dubosc, Concerto Vocale and René Jacobs 7:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Giasone: Atto primo, scena 14. Medea, Volano, Choro "Dell'antro magico"Bernard Deletré, René Jacobs, Harry Van der Kamp, Gloria Banditelli, Guy de Mey, Dominique Visse, Michael Schopper and Concerto Vocale 6:24£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 1. Isifile, AlindaAgnès Mellon, Concerto Vocale, Catherine Dubosc and René Jacobs 6:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 2. Oreste, IsifileBernard Deletré, René Jacobs, Concerto Vocale and Catherine Dubosc11:05Album Only
Listen  3. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 2. Aria Isifile "Speranze fuggite"Catherine Dubosc, Concerto Vocale and René Jacobs 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 3. Medea, Giasone, Delfa - Scena 4. GiasoneConcerto Vocale, Dominique Visse, René Jacobs, Michael Chance and Gloria Banditelli 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 5. CombattimentoConcerto Vocale and René Jacobs 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 6. Medea, Giasone, Delfa, ErcoleConcerto Vocale, Gloria Banditelli, Michael Chance, Harry Van der Kamp, Dominique Visse and René Jacobs 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 7. Demo, Egeo "Alla nave"Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs, Guy de Mey and Gian Paolo Fagotto 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 8. Giove, EoloConcerto Vocale, René Jacobs, Harry Van der Kamp and Dominique Visse 6:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 9. Oreste, AlindaAgnès Mellon, René Jacobs, Concerto Vocale and Bernard Deletré 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 10. Demo, OresteBernard Deletré, Gian Paolo Fagotto, Concerto Vocale and René Jacobs 7:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 11. Giasone, Medea, Besso, Ercole - Scena 12. Oreste, Giasone, Medea, BessoBernard Deletré, Harry Van der Kamp, Gloria Banditelli, Michael Chance, Michael Schopper, René Jacobs and Concerto Vocale 6:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 13. Isifile, Medea, GiasoneCatherine Dubosc, Concerto Vocale, Gloria Banditelli, Michael Chance and René Jacobs 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Giasone: Atto secondo, scena 14. Besso, AlindaAgnès Mellon, Concerto Vocale, Michael Schopper and René Jacobs 9:13£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 1. Besso, DelfaConcerto Vocale, Dominique Visse, René Jacobs and Michael Schopper 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 2. Medea, GiasoneConcerto Vocale, René Jacobs, Michael Chance and Gloria Banditelli 7:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 3. Medea, Giasone, BessoConcerto Vocale, Michael Chance, René Jacobs, Michael Schopper and Gloria Banditelli 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 4. Isifile, Giasone, MedeaCatherine Dubosc, Concerto Vocale, Michael Chance, Gloria Banditelli and René Jacobs10:47Album Only
Listen  5. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 5. Besso, GiasoneConcerto Vocale, Michael Chance, Michael Schopper and René Jacobs 1:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 6. Egeo, DemoConcerto Vocale, Gian Paolo Fagotto, Guy de Mey and René Jacobs 7:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 7. Isifile - Scena 8. Oreste, IsifileBernard Deletré, René Jacobs, Catherine Dubosc and Concerto Vocale 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 9. MedeaConcerto Vocale, René Jacobs and Gloria Banditelli 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 10. DelfaConcerto Vocale, René Jacobs and Dominique Visse 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 11. Medea, Besso - Scena 12. Isifile, BessoCatherine Dubosc, Michael Schopper, René Jacobs, Gloria Banditelli and Concerto Vocale 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 13. Egeo, Medea - Scena 14. Besso, GiasoneConcerto Vocale, Michael Chance, Guy de Mey, Gloria Banditelli, René Jacobs and Michael Schopper 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 15. Medea, EgeoConcerto Vocale, René Jacobs, Gloria Banditelli and Guy de Mey 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 16. GiasoneConcerto Vocale, Michael Chance and René Jacobs 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 17-21. Egeo, Giasone, Medea, Isifile, Besso, Demo, AlindaAgnès Mellon, Concerto Vocale, Michael Schopper, Guy de Mey, René Jacobs, Gian Paolo Fagotto, Michael Chance, Gloria Banditelli and Catherine Dubosc 9:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 21. Lamento Isifile "Regina, Egeo, amici"Catherine Dubosc, René Jacobs and Concerto Vocale 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Giasone: Atto terzo, scena 21. Giasone "Non ho più core"Concerto Vocale, Michael Chance and René Jacobs 7:39£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Cavalli's opera is a strangely distorted retelling of the myth of Jason, made all the more bizarre by intercutting the tragi-heroic story with comic commedia dell'arte-like scenes - presumably to appeal to the wide opera-going public of 17th-century Italy. Rene Jacobs's rather studied direction of the measured recitative which carries the essence of the drama can seem slightly static; but there are some gorgeous musical moments, and overall the work is curiously compelling. Michael Chance paints a convincing portrait of Jason's ambiguous character, Gloria Banditelli makes an icily imposing Medea, and Catherine Dubosc a suitably anguished Hypsipyle.

Peformance ****
Sound *****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
a voice teacher and early music fan 15 Oct. 2006
By George Peabody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
GIASONE AND MEDEA WERE BOTH VERY BAD; OF MORALS THEY HAD NOT A WHIT! BUT THEIR SINGING WAS TUNEFUL AND GLORIOUS, SO DON'T MIND IF THEY SINNED JUST A BIT?!

"Gasone" (Jason) is an opera in 3 acts and a prologue with music by Francesco Cavalli and a libretto by Giacinto Cicognini. It was premiered at the Teatro San Cassiano during the Venetian Carnival season of 1649. 'Giasone' was the single most popular opera of the 17th century.

Pier Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) was a student of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1843) and as such worked closely with him in his operas, particularly 'The Coronation of Poppea'; in fact many historians say that much of the material in that opera was contibuted by Cavalli, and indeed 'Giasone' has the flavor of Monteverdi in its makeup. With Monteverdi, Cavalli ranks as the most significant exponent of early Venetian opera. Cavalli also wrote important ecclesiastical music, including the Requiem Mass for his own funeral.

The plot is loosely based on the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece, but the opera contains many comic elements too, as well as an abundance of satire.

The plot revolves around Jason's theft of the Golden Fleece, an undertaking in which he is helped by his lover, the Queen of Corinth (a sorceress) also called Medea. Jason and Medea are totally ruthless and incredibly immoral having conceived ,under the cover of darkness without having seen each other,twins. Mocked by Hercules (an Argonaut) for his (Jasons) effeminacy,Jason is also derided by Besso, the captain of his own guard, who comes across Jason and Medea sleeping nude in the open, sarcastically declares that Jason has :'the ram on his shoulders and the cow in his arms'. (The opera is filled with little comments like this o from various characters, usually at Jason's expense.) Isifil, Jason's deserted wife comes across as the one tragic character in this opera. However,thru a set of circumstances involving many twists and turns in the plot,Jason returns to his wife in the end, having been deserted by Medea, who returns to her husband (Aegeus).

"Giasone" is a good example of mid-century Venetian Opera- a powerful brew of the spectacular, the wickedly, and the sometimes deliciously humorous and touchingly pathetic. Rene Jacobs has done a marvelous job pulling this lengthy (3h53'56") opera together, but it's Cavalli's delightful music, along with a simply FABULOUS cast that keeps it going. To name just a few of them (there are 15 in all)who have the larger parts: Michael Chance (Jason) countertenor; Gloria Banditelli (Medea) Mezzo; and Catherine DuBosc (Isifile) soprano; Harry van der Kamp (Ercole)bass; Michael Schopper (Besso)bass ; Bernard Deletre (Oreste)tenor ; Dominique Visse (Delfa)countertenor; and Guy de May (Egeo)tenor. Experienced all; vocally and dramatically excellent! I was mesmerized by this recording; it is marvelously entertaining!

Liner notes and text included in French, Italian, English and German.
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Great fun; exciting; wonderful recording 2 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Medea's incantation is thrilling. The dances are toe-tappers. It's the story of Jason and the Argonauts. All the singing is terrific. This was the most performed opera of the whole seventeenth century, and if you're looking for an Italian seventeenth century opera that's a bit more immediately exciting and accessible than Monteverdi Coronation of Poppea, you need go no further.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Cavalli: Inventor of Hollywood? 25 July 2008
By R. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Monteverdi, in typical Renaissance fashion, believed that his operas could be a revival of the tragedy as it was known to the Greeks. His student and sometime collaborator, Cavalli agreed. And further believed that the new art form could make a lot of money as well. So in his operas he developed the popular ideal of the "tragedy with a happy ending". His Giasone is a perfect example - and a lot of fun. In this version of the mythical tale Medea gets a boyfriend and, just for fun, a dunking in the Mediterranean. There are comic characters, romantic interludes, "serious" moments, everything the mass audience of the time longed for: a lively mix of Euripides and Xena, Warrior Princess. While Monteverdi may have "invented" the Opera, Cavalli made it popular, and in the process may have invented Hollywood. This recording presents great performances of his lovely music and is true to the baffling libretto. Nearly four hours is a lot of listening but will be well-rewarded.
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