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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation, 12 July 2012
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This live performance recorded in 2011 is a bit of a revelation. Most of Telemann's operas have been lost, and up to this time we have had only Jacobs' Orpheus to show us what we are missing. A patched up version of Germanicus has recently appeared, but Alessando de Marchi's production of Flavius is far superior. The Academia Montis Regalis are on top form, crisp and sharp when necessary and beautifully soft and supportive of the singers during the quieter arias. It is, however, Maite Beaumont's wonderful performance as Flavius that elevates the recording beyond a baroque curio. She is an amazing alto. Whilst on some other recordings her voice can be quite odd and slightly uncomfortable to listen to (much like Ewa Podles), this live recording gives us the many tones of passion in a full rich voice, at times sounding like a mezzo counter tenor and at other times like a contralto. Nina Bernsteiner and Ann-Beth Solvang provide superb support as Rodelinda and Flavia. Handel's Rodelinda may be the superior opera for the telling of this tale, but there are moments (and some very Handelian moments), when Telemann's Flavius reaches the heights of his contemporary. Highly recommended--buy now before it goes out of catalogue!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True hidden gem, 17 July 2012
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Iain C. Davidson "iain1825" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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There are very few Telemann operas on disc, so this recording of 'Flavius Bertaridus' would be welcome regardless of its quality but, happily, this is a very fine recording indeed. Taken from live performances, the Academia Montis Regalis plays superbly well under the baton of Alessandro de Marchi (who also brought us recently a very good recording of Pergolesi's 'L'Olimpiade') and highlights the many pleasures of this score. There are many splendid arias in this piece and the vocal cast are generally excellent. Maite Beaumont shows off her rich yet light toned mezzo soprano in the title role (there are a couple of wonderful virtuoso arias with trumpets and drums for her character) and Ann-Beth Solvang (as Flavius' sister Flavia) has a lovely nightingale aria at the start of Act 2. It took me a while to warm to Nina Bernsteiner as Rodelinda but she has a couple of superb dramatic pieces towards the end of Act 2 that I very much enjoyed. The only voice I wasn't too fond of was that of the tenor Jurgen Sacher.

The story is similar to Handel's 'Rodelinda' but rather sillier in places (disguises, mistaken identities etc) but great fun and really worth getting. Here's hoping that de Marchi and DHM continue to release recordings of these more obscure baroque works - its great to hear some alternatives to Handel and Vivaldi.
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