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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000CEBOTU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Arminio: Aria: "Ti laschio in ceppi avvinto" 7:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Arminio: Aria: "Se mia speranza" 7:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Arminio: Aria: "Vaghi rai, pupille amate" 9:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. La Scusa: Recitativo: No, perdonami, o Clori0:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. La Scusa: Aria: Trova un sol10:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. La Scusa: Recitativo: Placati o pastorella 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. La Scusa: Aria: Torna in quel onda chiara 6:25£0.99  Buy MP3 

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It's rare that a recording demonstrates so clearly the argument of the notes it comes with. This one is remarkable. The thesis is that Hasse provided a structure on which his performers could, through their virtuosity, create the affects that would charm and move their audience; while Handel wanted greater influence over the affects, and so chose to exert a stronger control over how his singers performed. At first, I thought the disc would be worthy but a little dull (as I must confess I found her 'bel canto' disc after the stunning Farinelli one) - Genaux sings the Handel pieces very well, but somehow seems constrained. But just listen to how she spreads her wings once the gilded cage is opened in the first (or any other) of the Hasse pieces, and she is once again given scope to make her own story from the music, rather than re-telling Handel's. That is when Genaux sounds, again, like the virtuoso of the Farinelli disc, stunning but always with a story to tell, never just virtuosic. This really is a 'game of two halves': the first is beautiful but a little cold, the second is when this CD takes wing. Worth buying for the Hasse pieces alone, and for the real insight into the way different composers approached writing for their singers - though you do get lovely Handel singing too!
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By Iain C. Davidson on 26 Jan. 2009
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I have to agree with the previous reviewer - Genaux's voice really takes flight in the Hasse pieces, they are truly glorious. You will want to immediately repeat the stunning final aria from 'La Scusa'. Genaux sings the Handel pieces well too in her tangy mezzo soprano but (for me) there are better versions around of the 'Alcina' (Maite Beaumont) and 'Orlando' (Nathalie Stutzmann) arias. The Hasse arias are gorgeous though and well worth five stars on their own. Now we need a couple more complete opera recordings from this composer (and Porpora etc etc).
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By Cristian E. on 8 Oct. 2014
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Excellent!!!
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Genuine Virtuosity from Genaux 7 Sept. 2011
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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Sheer pyrotechnic virtuosity is what Vivica Genaux does best, and the selections on the recital CD, especially the Handel arias, are perfect for her sort of fireworks. In comparison to her earlier Farinelli recital Arias for Farinelli and her recordings of various bel canto favorites, it seems that for Handel and Hasse, and with the conducting of Bernard Labadie, Genaux has whole-heartedly committed herself to "historically informed" Baroque vocal technique. The results are thrilling.

Genaux's timbre has darkened a bit over her career. She is now a rich "manly" mezzo-soprano ( I mean that as praise) with a surprising clarino upper range in reserve. A voice like lustrous mahogany. Recital CDs are a major portion of every singer's marketing strategy these days; I usually prefer to hear such arias and recitativos in the context of the full operas, and I often find CDs such as this one "too much of a good thing". This time, however, as Mozart told the Emperor, there are just enough notes, not a note too many.

A side comment: Most 18th C opera lovers would have no hesitation in declaring that Handel was a 'better' composer than Johann Adolf Hasse. I've been adding a tiny bit of late to the rehabilitation of Hasse, but I'm obliged to say that the selections on this CD from handel's operas Orlando and Alcina are indisputably more 'exciting' than those from Hasse's Arminio and La Scusa. But there are no generalities to be drawn from this incidental comparison.

This CD belongs on the oft-visited shelf of my collection, alongside favorite recitals by Simone Kermes Colori D'amore, Philippe Jaroussky J.C. Bach: La Dolce Fiamma- Forgotten castrato arias, Sara Mingardo, Sara Mingardo-Vocal Music, Sandrine Piau Sandrine Piau - Handel Opera Seria, and Jill Feldman Pianger Di Dolcezza .
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What a fine mezzo soprano! 7 Mar. 2009
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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Vivica Genaux is an Alaskan born mezzo soprano. And she has some talent. I have previously listened to other of her CDs, my favorite being her work in which she sings the repertoire of the great castrato, Farinelli. Enchanting. This work focuses on her styling of two German composers--George Frederic Handel and Johann Adolf Hasse (whose music, to the best of my knowledge, I've never been exposed to). She is backed by Les Violins du Roy, led by Bernard Labadie.

To illustrate, I'll summarize what I heard from several of the cuts on this CD.

From Handel's "Orlando." First, "Fammi combattere mostri e tifei." Genaux demonstrates absolutely glorious coloratura technique here. She reveals a smooth, creamy mezzo voice, very agile. Her florid singing is solid and more than that in this fast paced aria. This is great fun if you enjoy florid singing. She demonstrates nice trill technique, too. She does not have a huge voice, but it is rich and nimble.

Another piece from "Orlando" is "Ah! Stigie larve. . .Vaghe pupille." There is an interesting instrumental opening. Then, Genaux's voice. The opening is rather slow in tempo, but serves as a vehicle to demonstrate her rich voice in non-florid singing technique. And she shows some dramatic presence, as far as I can tell.

With "Vaghe pupille," she begins to deploy embellishments, thought the pace remains somewhat mannered. Trills are fine (I regret that so few contemporary singers who take on the coloratura repertoire are unable to trill, but that's just me). The final segment picks up the pace. More florid singing., attractively done.

Hasse's "Arminio." One work from this opera, "Ti lascio in ceppi avvinto." Genaux starts off with a well executed trill. She shows considerable vocal range, from dusky lower notes to smoothly sung higher notes. Much of the opening segment is at a rather slow pace, but it is nonetheless captivatingly sung. Genaux's voice is extremely nimble, able to negotiate well the challenges of this work. Another aria from this opera is "Se mia speranza sola." The latter half of this piece is quite animated in pace. Genaux deploys her coloratura technique very ably, with trills galore, runs, appoggiaturas, and other embellishments. Just terrific singing. She ranges from darker lower notes to shimmering higher notes toward the close. Very satisfying to listen to.

This is the third CD of Genaux's that I have had the opportunity to listen to. I find her art absolutely compelling, and look forward listening to more of her work in the future. Highly recommended for those interested in mezzo sopranos attempting bel canto works.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Viva Viveca 2 11 Nov. 2006
By Harry L. Wachen - Published on Amazon.com
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This artist grows with every listening of one of her albums. She is a treasure and so are her renditions; a rare jewel.
Spectacular! Genius! 1 April 2015
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Spectacular! Genius!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Brava Vivica 9 Jan. 2007
By Figaro - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD nearly overcome the "Farinelli Arias" one by Harmonia Mundi. Dazzling coloratura, deep expression.
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