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Giolio Cesare [Import]

Handel , Bowman , Dawson Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. Ov - La Grande Ecurie Et La Chambre Du Roy/Jean-Claude Malgiore
2. Act I, Scene 1: Viva, Viva Il Nostro Alcide - Sylvie Colas/Kumi Arata/Dominique Metzle/Laurent Slaars
3. Act I, Scene 1: Aria. Presti Omai L' Egizia Terra - James Bowman
4. Act I, Scene 2: Recitativo - James Bowman
5. Act I, Scene 3: Recitativo - James Bowman
6. Act I, Scene 3: Aria. Empio, Diro Tu Sei - James Bowman
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Disc: 2
1. Giulio Cesare: Act I, Scene 10: Recitativo - James Bowman
2. Giulio Cesare: Act I, Scene 11: Recitativo - James Bowman
3. Giulio Cesare: Act I, Scene 11: Aria. Tu Sei Il Cor Di Questo Core - Nicolas Rivenq
4. Giulio Cesare: Act I, Scene 11: Recitativo - Nicolas Rivenq
5. Giulio Cesare: Act I, Scene 11: Duo. Son Nata A Lagrimar - Eirian James/Guillemette Laurens
6. Giulio Cesare: Act II, Scene 1: Recitativo - Eirian James/Guillemette Laurens
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Disc: 3
1. Act II, Scene 9: Arioso. Belle Dee Di Questo - Dominique Visse
2. Act II, Scene 11: Recitativo - Dominique Visse
3. Act II, Scene 11: Aria. L' Aura Che Spira - Eirian James
4. Act III, Scene 1: Recitativo - Eirian James
5. Act III, Scene 1: Aria. Dal Fulgor Di Questa Spada - Nicolas Rivenq
6. Act III, Scene 2: Sinf. Bellica - La Grande Ecurie Et La Chambre Du Roy/Jean-Claude Malgiore
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance for a masterpiece 24 April 2000
By Corrado Speranza - Published on Amazon.com
Malgoire shows his great sensibility in this performance of "Giulio Cesare in Egitto". All the singers are very good: first of all James Bowman as Giulio Cesare is able to sing the virtuosistic passages with clearness (I can say it because I have the full score of this opera). I heard other performance of Giulio Cesare to the radio but the countertenors who had the role of Cesare didn't take care to Handel notes. Lynne Dawson (Cleopatra) is the other great protagonist of this cd set: his voice is wonderful and she sings with authentic passion (listen to her in "Se pietà di me non senti" and in "Da tempeste il legno infranto"). Guillemette Laurens as Cornelia and Eirian James as Sesto are very suitable (listen to them in the beautiful duet "Son nata a lagrimar"). Nicholas Rivenq in the two roles of Achilla and Curio is pleasant, too. At the end I can't forget the orchestra that plays very well with bright sounds. So don't hesitate ! Buy it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOMEONE PLEASE SELL THIS TO ME 24 May 2008
By Jonathan Blair - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 18th century 'Pearl Harbor'? 29 Aug 2001
By darragh o'donoghue - Published on Amazon.com
Purveyors of popular art (e.g. Hollywood), despairing of critical brickbats over 'dumbing down', especially in recreations of history, may be interested to know that one of High Art's totems, Georg Friedrich Handel, was critically despised in his day for the same vice. In 'Giulio Cesare', a fraught and complex period of world history is congealed into a love story, with Caesar recast as both quivering lover and Indiana Jones-style action man, rescuing his woman from her brother's captivity.
Such silliness was par for the opera course in Handel's time, and in opera, narrative had always been secondary, or subordinate, to the expression of emotion. So although 'Cesare' is packed with dramatic and melodramatic incident - war, murder, beheading, torture, near-rape, seduction, disguised lovers, revenge, resurrection - the music is rarely thunderous (even for its time) or intense. The defining mood is slow, quiet - long passages of downbeat anguish as characters articulate their sorrows, fears, despairs. Listening to 'Cesare' is like hearing 'Dido's Lament' from Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' stretched out to three and a half hours. The most famous arias see Cleopatra lamenting, while grieving widow Cornelia's 'Priva son d'ogni conforto', her duet with her son Sextus, 'Son nata a lagrimar' (with its liquid, suspended singing anticipating Mozart's most beautiful duets and ensembles) are similarly heartrending. Ceasar's vision of failure and the cost or war is profoundly shocking in an opera that seems so formally discreet. The astonishing orchestration, so rich and dense it threatens to upstage the singing, favours dark, melancholy colours. It's not all glum, though. There are some jubilant choruses and dramatic symphonies, while Caesar's 'Si in fionto ameno piato', in which the love object is compared to a bird we hear fluttering in the orchestra, is one of opera's most rapturous moments.
In an interview included in the libretto, director Jean-Claude Malgoire explains his scoring choices, which may not please purists with its additions and rewritings. However, the music produced is consistently clear, intelligent and delightfully fizzy. The singing is remarkable and idiosycncratic, with James Bowman an endearingly sympathetic Caesar, Lynne Dawson a seductive and passionate Cleo, Dominique Visse relishing Tolomeo the pantomime villain, and Nicolas Rivenq a harshly brusque Achilles in these staid environs.
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