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Handel Giove in Argo

11 Mar 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 11 Mar 2013
  • Release Date: 11 Mar 2013
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics
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  • Total Length: 2:36:12
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  • ASIN: B00BH4OQU8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,971 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MRS B MARTIN on 21 April 2013
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The music is pleasant in Handel's pastoral/Arcadian style but never hits the true Handel high or depth of profundity. The plot is pretty frivolous and clearly treated as a charade by the composer.It is an 'entertainment' and superbly performed, particularly by Anne Hallenberg on top form. Worth having in one's Handel opera collection and listening to more than once.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Wake on 30 Mar 2013
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This recording dates from 2010, since when Virgin have kept it on the shelf. I am afraid I think that it might have been better left there.

The piece itself is of very limited interest. It's a pasticcio-opera, a mash-up of existing music by Handel and another composer. A nymphs-and-shepherds piece, it's unusual only in being the only operatic work Handel ever assembled that does not use castratos, and in the number of choruses he put into it. One of these choruses, reused from the 1732 English/Italian version of Acis, is a real winner, but it is hardly worth buying "Giove in Argo" just for that.

What's more, this is not exactly a gripping performance. The singers are competent, but it is not fair of Curtis to ask Ann Hallenberg, an altoish mezzo, to sing a pure soprano role. She can't help sounding strained, especially in recitatives; and both she and Karina Gauvin are getting a bit long in the tooth to be playing nymphs. In one scene Jupiter (a rather dull Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani) tries to make love to both ladies at once, and both turn on him; here this sounds like a schoolboy getting told off by two elderly aunts.

The real trouble, however, is caused by Curtis's direction. It's never been dynamic and here sounds positively tired. We hear this from the very start. The first chorus is laboured and ragged; the second aria seems interminable. Hallenberg and Gauvin are experienced enough to go their own way, and so their arias give pleasure, but the rest of the cast get little chance to shine.

Strange to say, this is not the first recording of "Giove in Argo". There is a German set made after a production in Bayreuth in September 2006.
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