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Handel: Bad Guys

21 Jan 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Aparté
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Aparté
  • Total Length: 52:56
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  • ASIN: B00BACD3G0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,418 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JMW on 10 Feb 2013
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Absolutely marvellous! He has a wonderful voice , a huge range and an intriguing range of songs. I read the review in today's Guardian, liked the sound of it, downloaded it and absolutely agreed with everything the reviewer said. But I am no expert, just a Handel lover. if you enjoy Handel, and the counter tenor voice, I do recommend this disc.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 29 May 2013
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I am often sceptical about discs packaged with titles and covers designed to shock (albeit gently) a classical audience because it can be a way of marketing some inferior work, but not here. This is a terrific disc of Handel arias for countertenor, sung by some of his villains from some well-known operas like Giulio Cesare and Ariodante through to some downright obscure stuff (well, it was obscure to me anyway) from Teseo and Amadigi di Gaula. All of it is very good music indeed and the performances are excellent.

Xavier Sabata is a very fine countertenor with a rich tone and excellent technique, so that he makes even Handel's most demanding and word-murdering passages seem effortless and meaningful. He brings genuine menace to the arias without ever resorting to melodrama and there is a real sense of the characters throughout. Il Pomo d'Oro under Riccardo Minasi are excellent: technically flawless and extremely supple, so that they really enhance the drama as well as the music.

I am going to have to get over my prejudice against this sort of marketing. First Celcilia Bartoli Mission and now Xavier Sabata have recently confounded my expectations with absolutely superb discs, and I wholeheartedly recommend this as a truly excellent and very rewarding Handel recording.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Smith on 26 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a very fine recital of Handel opera arias focussing on villains. Xavier Sabata's attack and ability to sing beautifully are combined to provide a varied and fairly unusual disc. Very few of these arias ("Pena tiranna" excepted) feature on other recital discs. Minasi's direction of Il Pomo D'Oro is thrillingly effective.
There's a curiosity in that the final listed track is followed after a break of about 2 minutes by an unannounced and undocumented encore which is not tracked separately. It's "Sorge nel petto...", Goffredo's Act 3 aria from Rinaldo. Maybe hidden because it hardly fits the "bad guys" theme - Goffredo being one of the good guys from that opera! Beautifully sung. The whole disc makes me want to hear him in a complete Handel opera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pseudopanax VINE VOICE on 10 Oct 2013
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A well judged and beautifully sung recital disc. Whilst the new generation of countertenors continue to mine the previously unsung work of Porpora, Vinci, Leo and others, it is always salutary for one brave singer to tackle Handel once again. Sabata has an expressive dark tone to his voice (reminiscent of early David Daniels), impressive control and less of the tendency to go a little over the top at the top end of his range than some of his fellow countertenors. I especially enjoyed Sabata tackling the contralto role of Polinesso from Ariodante; ever since hearing Ewa Podles' ferociously sung Polinesso in Minkowski's production of the opera I have wanted a countertenor to take this role on disc. Sabata is not as frightening as Podles, but he expertly brings out the sense of menace in the arias. The arias from Ottone and Teseo are rarely heard, so Sabata's disc is a welcome addition to Cencic, Mehta and Daniels' great discs of Handel opera arias. And, not the least, Minasi and Il Pomo d'Oro support Sabata as delicately and precisely as they supported Cencic on his great Venezia disc.
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