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Handel: Flavio, re de' Longobardi Double CD


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  • Performer: Tim Mead, Rosemary Joshua, Iestyn Davies, Renata Pokupic, Hilary Summers, et al.
  • Orchestra: Early Opera Company
  • Conductor: Christian Curnyn
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chaconne/Chandos
  • ASIN: B0040MF1WG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flavio - Various Performers

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Tim Meade, Rosemary Joshua, Iestyn Davies, Renata Pokupic, Hilary Summers, Thomas Walker, Andrew Foster-Williams - Early Opera Company - Christian Curnyn, direction

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This is one of the most charming of Handel's earier operas,written around two legendary talents,soprano Francesca Cuzzoni and castrato Senesino.This new recording is exemplary,with elegant,sprightly playing by the Early Opera Company,beautifully paced tempos set by condutor Christian Curnyn, and golden-age singing from Tim Mead,Iestyn Davies,Rosemary Joshua and Andrew Foster-Williams. ***** --The Daily Telegraph

The singers,many of them Curnyn regulars,dispatch their arias with fine Handelian style and spirit,and,crucially,bring real theatrical vitality to their recitative exchanges. --Gramophone,Feb'11

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul C on 20 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Flavio is a superb little opera that is under-recorded and performed. This could be due from its chronological proximity to Giulio Cesare and Tamerlano, but it cannot be due to the quality of the music. In addition to a high-quality score, Handel manages the switches between the comic half of the plot and the serious other half with consummate ease.

Rene Jacobs recorded Flavio in the early nineties and I've always considered it to be one of the best recordings of a Handel opera to have been made. So how do Curnyn and colleagues measure up?

Let's start with the cast. I have to say I think Jacobs comes out on top in most departments.

In the prima donna role of Emilia, Rosemary Joshua is outstanding. Whether she is actually better than Lena Lootens on Jacobs' set will, I suspect, be down to individual taste, but she is excellent.

Renata Pokupic is an excellent Vitige and it is pretty much impossible to choose between her and Christina Hogman on the rival version.

Tim Mead brings his usual musical qualities to the title role, although I prefer Jeffrey Gall in the Jacobs version. Gall's voice is more interesting and he sounds somewhat more love-struck than Mead.

Of the other characters, Thomas Walker has a clearer tenor voice than the rather tremulous Gianpaolo Fagotto on Jacobs' set - although I always rather liked the latter's memorable characterisation of the role.

Andrew Foster-Williams is a perfectly good Ugone, although not an improvement on his rival on the Jacobs set.

My main issues are with Iestyn Davies's Guido and Hilary Summers' Teodata.
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