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Natalie Dessay: Cleopatra (Handel arias from Giulio Cesare) [CD]

Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haim, Johannes Pramsohler Audio CD
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  • Performer: Natalie Dessay
  • Orchestra: Le Concert d'Astrée
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (10 Jan 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B004CHURRS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: OuvertureLe Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Primo - Scene 7: Tutto Può Donna VezzosaNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Secondo - Scene 2: Dov'è, Niren, dov'è L'anima Mia?Natalie Dessay/Le Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm/Sonia Prina/Stephen Wallace 1:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Secondo - Scene 2: V'adoro, PupilleNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 5:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Secondo - Scene 7: Esser Qui Deve In BreveNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm0:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Secondo - Scene 7: Venere BellaNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Secondo - Scene 8: Che Sento? Oh Dio!Natalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm0:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Secondo - Scene 8: Se Pietà Di Me Non SentiNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 9:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Secondo - Scene 8: Per Dar Vita All'idol MioNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: SinfoniaLe Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 1:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Terzo - Scene 3: E Pur Così In Un GiornoNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm0:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Terzo - Scene 3: Piangerò La Sorte MiaNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 6:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Terzo - Scene 3: Troppo Crudeli SieteNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Terzo - Scene 7: Voi Che Mie Fide AncelleNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Terzo - Scene 7: Forzai l'ingresso A Tua Salvezza, O Cara!Natalie Dessay/Le Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm/Sonia Prina0:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Terzo - Scene 7: Da Tempeste Il Legno InfrantoNatalie Dessay/Le Concert D`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 5:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: SinfoniaLe Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Terzo - Scene Ultima: Bellissima CleopatraNatalie Dessay/Le Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm/Sonia Prina0:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Cleopatra - Arias From Giulio Cesare In Egitto HWV 17: Atto Terzo - Scene Ultima: Caro! Bella!Natalie Dessay/Le Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm/Sonia Prina 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 


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At the Paris Opéra in early 2011, Natalie Dessay takes on a new starring role: Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, now the most popular of all the composer’s stage works. The many facets of the Egyptian queen – captured by Shakespeare in the phrase “infinite variety” – are depicted in a sequence of contrasting arias, both lyrical and brilliant, making the character a superb showcase for the French soprano’s talents as a singing actress.

Conducting the impressive cast and the period-instrument orchestra Le Concert d'Astrée at the Opéra – and on this new recording of excerpts from Giulio Cesare – is Emmanuelle Haïm, who first collaborated with Dessay in the late 1990s; both artists were involved in a Paris production of Handel’s Alcina, Haïm as répétiteur (for William Christie) and Dessay in the sparkling role of Morgana. Since then, the two have developed a close working relationship which has produced a number of Virgin Classics recordings, including several works by Handel: cantatas (in a collection called Delirio), the Dixit Dominus and the oratorio Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Desinganno, a recording which left the French magazine Diapason “looking forward to Emmanuelle Haïm’s next exciting Handelian adventure."

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous stuff from Natalie Dessay 11 Feb 2011
By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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This is a lovely disc from Natalie Dessay. She is a marvellous singer with a truly beautiful voice and I think she uses it to excellent effect here. The disc is devoted to arias and duets by Cleopatra from Giulio Cesare, introduced by the overture and with two vigorous Sinfonias interspersed. It also includes some arias which Handel wrote and then discarded in favour of others for a different dramatic effect, but which are very well worth hearing.

Dessay sings with real emotion and feeling in every piece. She meets the huge technical challenges of Handel's music and the extraordinary ornamentation with an apparently effortless virtuosity and I found her range of powerful passion, tragic lament and sweet meditation all very convincing. Coupled with the very fine playing of Le Concert d'Astrée under Emannuelle Haim and excellent recorded sound the effect is consistently engaging and really magical in places.

I suspect your response to this programming will depend on your attitude to opera on disc. I understand and respect the view of many that operas should be heard in their entirety but personally, although I love to see full productions of operas, I often find them quite hard going on disc and very much enjoy programmes of selections like this. If you share my view, I am sure you will enjoy this disc as much as I do. Very warmly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable 23 July 2013
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I have several versions of Handel's Giulio Cesare, sang by Tatiana Troyanos, Lucia Popp, Barbara Schlick, and in my opinion none of these great artists gets the peak of Nathalie Dessay.
Nathalie Dessay has sung this role for many times and now she copes with it at the uttermost grade, she can do whatever she wants with it and what she gets is really fabulous. She has a pure voice, her timbre is magnificent and she has a really good technique; but, most of all, she interprets Cleopatra with all her spirit and soul. It is difficult (almost impossible) to render by words the delicate sweetness of her verbal passages, the seduction, the pain that shine through the notes she sings.
True, sometimes her voice could be more "solid" or powerful, but I think that more power, more energy, more "hardware" would not have given a better poetic portrait of Cleopatra. This Cleopatra is daughter of lieder and meditation, not a Cleopatra conceived to shine at the front of the stage of an operatic theatre. Given this reading, the idea of cutting only Cleopatra's parts from the opera is not at all bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Dessay Just Sends Me Into The Ether. 12 Mar 2013
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I love Natalie Dessay's voice and the arias on this CD really move me. There is something quite timeless about Handel's music.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR 16 Sep 2011
By John J. Schauer - Published on Amazon.com
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This album has a lot going for it. It includes two of the arias Handel originally composed for Cleopatra but excised before the premiere; the orchestra plays beautifully and with spirit; and Natalie Dessay has a gorgeous and marvelously flexible voice she uses with taste and fine musicianship. So why not give it five stars?

There are several factors. First, as has been pointed out elsewhere, the album does not include ALL of Cleopatra's arias, and there's no reason why it couldn't have. There is enough time left on the CD to include the two missing numbers, and even if not, we didn't need another performance of the opera's overture. This is not a cohesive recital program that requires a musical introduction; it's a compilation of Cleopatra's arias, and that's really all we need.

Second, while Ms. Dessay has ample vocal charms, her notion of ornamenting a da capo aria is strange. In far too many instances, she doesn't decorate Handel's vocal line; she rewrites it, simply changing notes without any additional ornamental flourishes. There is a big difference between ornamenting a melody and blatantly rewriting it. Handel was one of the all-time consummate masters of melody, and his tunes don't need to be reconfigured.

Third, and some folks will consider this a niggling complaint, is that for all her vocal dexterity, Dessay does not possess a true trill. How serious a deficiency is this? Consider that in his 1723 treatise "Observations on the Florid Song," written in 1723 in Bologna and translated into English in 1743, Pier Francesco Tosi wrote, "Who [lacks a trill], or has it imperfectly, will never be a great singer, let his knowledge be ever so great."

Still, the album does offer numerous musical pleasures, and it is worth acquiring for those deleted arias, if nothing else.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 18 Mar 2011
By B. J. Miceli - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this about a month ago and have been listening to is consistently since then. It is, simply, delightful. Dessay's voice is so lovely, so limpid, yet so brilliant at the same time that she makes a perfect Cleopatra. In my experience, only Beverly Sills equals her and Sills did not record all of the arias. Dessay's ornamentation is especially unique and wonderful, suprising and satisfying.

I suppose my only criticisms of the album are that Haim's conducting is a bit fast and hectic at times and that "Non disperar", Cleopatra's taunting aria sung to her brother Tolomeo (which does so much to establish her character at her first entrance) is not included.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous stuff from Natalie Dessay 17 Mar 2011
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a lovely disc from Natalie Dessay. She is a marvellous singer with a truly beautiful voice and I think she uses it to excellent effect here. The disc is devoted to arias and duets by Cleopatra from Giulio Cesare, introduced by the overture and with two vigorous Sinfonias interspersed. It also includes some arias which Handel wrote and then discarded in favour of others for a different dramatic effect, but which are very well worth hearing.

Dessay sings with real emotion and feeling in every piece. She meets the huge technical challenges of Handel's music and the extraordinary ornamentation with an apparently effortless virtuosity and I found her range of powerful passion, tragic lament and sweet meditation all very convincing. Coupled with the very fine playing of Le Concert d'Astrée under Emannuelle Haim and excellent recorded sound the effect is consistently engaging and really magical in places.

I suspect your response to this programming will depend on your attitude to opera on disc. I understand and respect the view of many that operas should be heard in their entirety but personally, although I love to see full productions of operas, I often find them quite hard going on disc and very much enjoy programmes of selections like this. If you share my view, I am sure you will enjoy this disc as much as I do. Very warmly recommended.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oui, je regrette tout. 21 Aug 2011
By Anna Shlimovich - Published on Amazon.com
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The most striking impression from this recording is - how much is lost in Natalie Dessay when she is only heard, not seen. Until then, I have seen a few performances with this great actress and could not find enough superlatives to exult her art. And what a disappointment this CD brought to me!

I must say right away that without a doubt, Dessay is a virtuoso. However, her voice alone, without an addition of her incomparable acting, is surprisingly colorless. Also, it has always been somewhat childlike, this is why she is THE Olympia in Offenbach's "Les contes d'Hoffmann" - that is TRULY her role, she completely appropriated it;or as Zerbinetta in Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos". She was ravishing in Stravinsky's "Le Rossignol" - and in all these roles she can be seen and admired.

But as an invisible Cleopatra she is not very seductive; her manner here is of French chanson, but Cleopatra is hardly Edith Piaf or Maurice Chevalier. Her monochromatic voice tires quite soon, and the somewhat easygoing conducting of Emmanuelle Haim does not help to create a crisp and regal, powerfully cunning and seductively overpowering dazzling enigmatic image of the great Venus Victrix as we see a victorious Cleopatra.

Perhaps a mix of solo arias and duets would make a better impression, because then her voice would be complimented by that of other singers. Alas, her talent can be fully appreciated only in a video or a life performance - the same issue as with Phillipe Jaroussky, whose art benefits so greatly from visuals. Not every singer can fill a single CD with a varied sound not to bore after fifteen minutes when sung alone.

Also, on a different topic - the cover photo is somewhat unpleasant; her feet look giant like she is a female Cyclops. Who would believe that the highest aristocratic Romans trained in the Art of Love by Ovid would fall for such huge feet??? I am not sure what that image was trying to convey, especially considering that Dessay seems to be rather small.

It is a pity that as a vocalist she easily yields to Joan Sutherland, Arleen Auger, even Danielle de Niese, whose voice is more richly colored. This is a rather awkward Cleopatra, especially with the somewhat sloppy musical direction, and the recording can be recommended only to bring a variety to the palette of available music
5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Dessay is superb 20 Mar 2014
By amtrkster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What more need be said, except the performance here is sparkling, a true delight to listen to the ears. Brava!
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