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4.0 out of 5 stars All-star cast provides superb vocalism
This generous sampling (72 min.) of the complete recording offers splendid singing from the four sopranos.All are in top form,displaying vocal opulence and dazzling technique.Fleming/Alcina has four arias, Dessay/Morgana two, Graham/Ruggiero two,and Kuhlmann/Bradamante one. In addition we have an Act 3 trio in which the voices blend delightfully. Although taken from...
Published on 10 Dec 2000 by gmonorej@uoguelph.ca

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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull!
Dullest performance of Alcina I have ever heard, no life, no pace, no excitement, dispite all the star names involved. Christie, who is normally such a fine conductor, here adopts tempi so slow as to be lethagic. He even makes Tornami unexciting. It is all very beautifully sung, but lacks the dramatic impact needed to bring Handel opera to life.
Fleming has a lovely...
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4.0 out of 5 stars All-star cast provides superb vocalism, 10 Dec 2000
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This generous sampling (72 min.) of the complete recording offers splendid singing from the four sopranos.All are in top form,displaying vocal opulence and dazzling technique.Fleming/Alcina has four arias, Dessay/Morgana two, Graham/Ruggiero two,and Kuhlmann/Bradamante one. In addition we have an Act 3 trio in which the voices blend delightfully. Although taken from live performances in Paris, audience/stage noises are virtually non-existent, with the exception of a very brief and well-deserved burst of applause after Dessay's Tornami a vagheggiar. Christie and the Arts Florissants, unlike the singers,provide relentlessly "authentic" baroque support, with scrawny and acerbic string tone and, surprisingly, some lethargic tempos.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money!!, 21 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Handel : Alcina [Highlights] (MP3 Download)
Cheap download but not even worth it for the poor choice of excerpts :-( Best to buy the whole version on CD instead which you will enjoy for sure!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull!, 10 Sep 2013
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Dullest performance of Alcina I have ever heard, no life, no pace, no excitement, dispite all the star names involved. Christie, who is normally such a fine conductor, here adopts tempi so slow as to be lethagic. He even makes Tornami unexciting. It is all very beautifully sung, but lacks the dramatic impact needed to bring Handel opera to life.
Fleming has a lovely voice but is not dramatic enough for Handel. Graham also has a lovely voice but lacks the power needed for a role originally written for the castrato Senisino. Dessay is not at her best, l have heard her sing much better, in Giulio Cesare, for example.
Try the Hickox recording, or even the old Sutherland recordings!
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