Or
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.

See Wishlist
Handel: Alessandro [+digital booklet]
 
See larger image
 

Handel: Alessandro [+digital booklet]

10 Sep 2012 | Format: MP3

£15.99 (VAT included if applicable)
Buy the CD album for £22.99 and get the MP3 version for FREE. Does not apply to gift orders.
Provided by Amazon EU Sàrl. See Terms and Conditions for important information about costs that may apply for the MP3 version in case of returns and cancellations. Complete your purchase of the CD album to save the MP3 version to your Amazon music library.
Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
30
1
5:16
30
2
1:02
30
3
1:58
30
4
0:59
30
5
4:13
30
6
1:40
30
7
0:58
30
8
4:39
30
9
0:27
30
10
5:12
30
11
0:55
30
12
7:24
30
13
1:23
30
14
0:32
30
15
1:22
30
16
3:53
30
17
1:30
30
18
1:08
30
19
5:40
30
20
0:30
30
21
6:42
30
22
0:57
30
23
3:57
30
24
0:25
30
25
2:15
30
26
1:23
30
27
0:42
30
28
0:48
30
29
0:57
30
30
1:34
30
31
2:13
30
32
0:38
30
33
4:38
+
Digital Booklet: Handel: Alessandro
n/a
Disc 2
30
1
2:50
30
2
3:40
30
3
3:33
30
4
4:53
30
5
2:45
30
6
4:47
30
7
0:28
30
8
6:46
30
9
2:42
30
10
6:43
30
11
1:25
30
12
3:09
30
13
0:35
30
14
4:45
30
15
3:33
30
16
2:03
30
17
6:04
30
18
0:25
30
19
4:49
Disc 3
30
1
1:57
30
2
1:55
30
3
2:38
30
4
0:54
30
5
3:26
30
6
0:41
30
7
5:23
30
8
1:24
30
9
4:27
30
10
1:55
30
11
2:23
30
12
0:32
30
13
4:15
30
14
0:32
30
15
1:08
30
16
3:34
30
17
2:57
30
18
1:49
30
19
2:10
30
20
1:39


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Decca Music Group Limited
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 3:09:24
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0099WWJYA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,135 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Marius G on 25 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD
We have not had a recording of Handel's Alessandro for some years, and now we get two within weeks of each other.
I havn't heard the competitor with Lawrence Zazzo in the title role but Max Emmanuel Cencic makes for very strong competition. His singing is florid and secure and easily manages the demands of the role. Karina Gauvin is sensuous and secure of voice as usual, in the role of Lisaura. Julia Lezhneva is a voice I have anticipated hearing and while not particularly distinctive of timbre, it is a very agile and technically accomplished voice (with a fine trill) in the role of Rossane.
In fact the whole cast is strong. The period orchestra under Petrou offers a weighty swift accompaniment which reminds me of Minkowski's conducting style, and some delightful detail throughout - I particulary liked the strings swelling accents in Alessandro's aria 'Vano amore'. In sum then a welcome return to disc for Alessandro with a fine performance and recording.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD
It seems altogether odd that there haven't been that many recordings of Alessandro knocking about (and now two come along at once - this present one, and Alessandro with Larry Zazzo). After all it's not as if it was one of Handel's less successful operas; its 1726 premiere season ran for thirteen performances (there would have been more if the superstar castrato Senesino in the title role had not fallen ill) and there were revivals in 1728 and 1732, as well as adaptations in Germany in 1726 and 1728, and in even further modified form music from Alessandro went under the title Rossane in London in the 1743-44 and 1747-48 seasons.

Moreover the work saw Handel bring in a second star soprano Faustina Bordoni to join Francesca Cuzzoni, the two playing rivals for Alexander's love. Indeed the rivalry went well beyond the stage and fuelled the gossip rags of the day. It is recorded that during a performance of Bononcini's Astianatte in June 1727 the two came to blows and hair pulling, the performance ending in a near riot and the opera season coming to a premature close as a result.

It's also odd that the name of director George Petrou does not seem to be as well known as it should. This is now his sixth Handel opera recording (after Arianna in Creta, Tamerlano,
...Read more ›
7 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Wake on 30 Oct 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you look at a fast aria in a Handel Opera, you see what looks like a part for a violin - a continuous string of notes, zipping up and down, without much chance to breathe or phrase. How do singers attempt to sing this music?

What a singer should do - according to the singing-manuals - is to sing each note separately, from the chest not the throat, and thread them seamlessly together to make an aural string of pearls. The only singer I have ever heard who could do this was Emma Kirkby - but hers was a light voice, probably much lighter than Handel's star sopranos, Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni, who often sang in houses holding a thousand or so. Our best Handel singers today are probably Sandrine Piau (a medium-scale voice) and Joyce DiDonato (a large voice - for range and power probably more like Senesino than Faustina). They do pretty well, but neither has ever entirely convinced me: under the stress of very fast lines they have to indulge in a little fakery.

Now comes Julia Lezhneva. She can do it according to the book. Listen to her Act III aria "Brilla nell' alma". Petrou rushes this (he has listened to Piau's version on her "Opera Seria" CD) but Lezhneva is not troubled. She places each note accurately, with a good tone, despite the hectic pace. An even better example is Rossane's Act II aria "Alla sua gabbia d'oro", where Petrou gets the speed just right (because he's listened to Sigi Kuijken's recording). This is an extreme display-piece, laden with cascades of arpeggios and trills - you can almost hear Handel saying to Bordoni, then newly arrived in London, "vell, Lady, show us vat you can do". Lezhneva sings it with perfect control, in a fresh, ringing voice.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By **** on 5 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have all of George Petrou's Handel operas and find them wonderful but Alessandro is a disappointment.
The playing seems a bit rushed, even a bit harsh and when compared to the areated elegance and balance of kuijken's Alessandro which was recorded quite a while ago, this new recording sounds slightly heavy-handed.

The recording itself seems a bit bass-heavy and boomy, so there's lots of round warm martial horn sounds but also thundering d/basses and cellos which doesn't sound quite right. There's a clear enough topline, but between the bassy thunder and the top, the middle bits go missing, so, to my ears, some of Handel's subtle balance of sonorities is missing.

The 2 divas are 5 stars++++ performers apiece.
The really excellent thing about this recording is Julia Leszhneva singing Rossane - she has a compelling authority and poise backed up by the most stunning vocal technique. This recording is worth buying just for her performance. She produces the kind of singing which brings space and clarity even to the most hectic passages - Brilla nell'alma is astounding.
I would cross Europe, and have done, to listen to Karina Gauvin, she is a wonderful Handel interpreter, but here just occasionally she seems in some way over-engaged or hastened and maybe this tightens the voice, so some of her coloratura passages seem slightly like tremulous agitation rather than being precisely articulated vocalising. However thats only an intermittent impression, her performance is wonderful overall and as usual she brings a most impassioned and magisterially poised performance to the part.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Look for similar items by category