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Handel Edition (Alcina / Orlando) Box set, Original recording reissued

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  • Performer: Patricia Bardon, Natalie Dessay, Rosemary Joshua, Renée Fleming, Kathleen Kuhlmann, et al.
  • Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (14 April 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0015FWFJS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Handel : Alcina : Sinfonia
  2. Handel : Alcina : Menuet
  3. Handel : Alcina : Musette
  4. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Oh Dei! quivi non scorgo alcun sentiero!"" [Bradamante, Melisso, Morgana]"
  5. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""O s'apre al riso"" [Morgana]"
  6. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Questo è il cielo de' contenti"" [Chorus]"
  7. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Ecco l'infido"" [Bradamante, Melisso, Alcina]"
  8. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Di', cor mio, quanto t'amai"" [Alcina]"
  9. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Generosi guerrier"" [Oberto, Melisso, Bradamante]"
  10. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Chi m'insegna il caro padre?"" [Oberto]"
  11. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Mi ravvisi"" [Bradamante, Ruggiero, Melisso]"
  12. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Di te mi rido"" [Ruggiero]"
  13. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Qua dunque ne veniste"" [Oronte, Bradamante] ""Io sono tua difesa"" [Morgana, Bradamante]"
  14. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""E gelosia"" [Bradamante]"
  15. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Io dunque"" [Oronte, Morgana] ""La cerco in vano"" [Ruggiero, Oronte]"
  16. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Semplicetto!"" [Oronte]"
  17. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Ah, infedele, infedel!"" [Ruggiero, Alcina]"
  18. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Sì, son quella!"" [Alcina]"
  19. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Se nemico mi fossi"" [Bradamante, Ruggiero] ""Bradamante favella?"" [Ruggiero]"
  20. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""La bocca vaga"" [Ruggiero]"
  21. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Fuggi cor mio"" [Morgana, Bradamante]"
  22. "Handel : Alcina : Act 1 ""Tornami a vagheggiar"" [Morgana]"

Disc: 2

  1. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Col celarvi a chi v'ama"" [Ruggiero] ""Taci, taci, codardo"" [Melisso, Ruggiero]"
  2. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Qual portento mi richiama"" [Ruggiero]"
  3. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Ah! Bradamante!"" [Ruggiero, Melisso]"
  4. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Pensa a chi geme d'amor piagata"" [Melisso]"
  5. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Qual odio ingiusto contro me?"" [Bradamante, Ruggiero]"
  6. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Vorrei vendicarmi"" [Bradamante]"
  7. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Chi scopre al mio pensiero"" [Ruggiero]"
  8. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Mi lusinga il dolce affetto"" [Ruggiero]"
  9. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""S'acquieti il rio sospetto"" [Alcina, Morgana] ""E la tua pace"" [Morgana, Alcina, Ruggiero]"
  10. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Ama, sospira"" [Morgana]"
  11. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Non scorgo nel tuo viso"" [Alcina, Ruggiero]"
  12. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Mio bel tesoro"" [Ruggiero]"
  13. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Regina, io cerco in vano"" [Oberto, Alcina]"
  14. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Tra speme e timore"" [Oberto]"
  15. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Regina, sei tradita"" [Oronte, Alcina]"
  16. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Ah! mio cor!"" [Alcina]"
  17. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Or, che dici, Morgana?"" [Oronte, Morgana] ""All'offesa, il disprezzo giunge l'ingrata?"" [Oronte]"
  18. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""E un folle"" [Oronte]"
  19. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Eccomi a' piedi tuoi"" [Ruggiero, Bradamante, Morgana]"
  20. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Verdi prati"" [Ruggiero]"
  21. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Ah! Ruggiero crudel"" [Alcina]"
  22. "Handel : Alcina : Act 2 ""Ombre pallide"" [Alcina]"

Disc: 3

  1. Handel : Alcina : Act 3 Sinfonia
  2. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Voglio amar e disamar"" [Oronte, Morgana]"
  3. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Credete al mio dolore"" [Morgana]"
  4. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""M'inganna, me n'avveggo"" [Oronte]"
  5. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Un momento di contento"" [Oronte]"
  6. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Molestissimo incontro!"" [Ruggiero, Alcina]"
  7. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Ma quando tornerai"" [Alcina]"
  8. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Tutta d'armate squadre"" [Melisso, Ruggiero, Bradamante]"
  9. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Sta nell'Ircana"" [Ruggiero]"
  10. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Vanne tu seco ancora"" [Melisso, Bradamante]"
  11. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""All'alma fedel"" [Bradamante]"
  12. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Niuna forza Io arresta"" [Oronte, Alcina]"
  13. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Mi restano le lagrime"" [Alcina]"
  14. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Già vicino è il momento"" [Oberto, Alcina]"
  15. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Barbara!"" [Oberto]"
  16. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Le lusinghe, gl'inganni"" [Bradamante, Alcina, Ruggiero]"
  17. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Non è amor, nè gelosia"" [Ruggiero, Alcina, Bradamante]"
  18. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Ah! mio Ruggier, che tenti?"" [Alcina, Ruggiero, Bradamante] ""Misera, ah, no!"" [Alcina, Morgana] ""A che tardi?"" [Melisso, Ruggiero, Oronte, Alcina, Morgana]"
  19. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Dall'orror di notte cieca"" [Chorus]"
  20. Handel : Alcina : Act 3 Entrée
  21. Handel : Alcina : Act 3 Tamburino
  22. "Handel : Alcina : Act 3 ""Dopo tante amare pene"" [Chorus]"

Disc: 4

  1. Handel : Orlando : Overture - I Lentement
  2. Handel : Orlando : Overture - II Allegro
  3. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Gieroglifici eterni!"" [Zoroastro]"
  4. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Stimulato dalla gloria"" [Orlando] ""Purgalo ormai"" [Zoroastro, Orlando]"
  5. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Lascia Amore"" [Zoroastro]"
  6. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Imagini funeste"" [Orlando]"
  7. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Non fù già men forte Alcide"" [Orlando]"
  8. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Quanto diletto avea"" [Dorinda]"
  9. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Itene pur fremendo"" [Orlando, Dorinda]"
  10. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Ho un certo rossore"" [Dorinda]"
  11. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""M'hai vinto al fin"" [Angelica]"
  12. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Ritornava al suo bel viso"" [Angelica, Medoro]"
  13. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Chi possessore è del mio core"" [Angelica]"
  14. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Ecco Dorinda, nè sfugirla io posso"" [Medoro, Dorinda]"
  15. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Se il cor mai ti dirà"" [Medoro] ""Povera me!"" [Dorinda]"
  16. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""O care parolette"" [Dorinda]"
  17. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Noti o me sono i tuoi fatali amori"" [Zoroastro, Angelica, Orlando]"
  18. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Se fedel vuoi ch'io ti creda"" [Angelica] ""T'ubbidirò"" [Orlando]"
  19. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Fammi combattere"" [Orlando]"
  20. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Angelica, deh lascia..."" [Medoro, Angelica] ""O Angelica, o Medoro"" [Dorinda, Angelica, Medoro]"
  21. "Handel : Orlando : Act 1 ""Consolati, o bella"" [Angelica, Medoro, Dorinda]"

Disc: 5

  1. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Quando spieghi i tuoi tormenti"" [Dorinda]"
  2. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Perchè, gentil Dorinda"" [Orlando, Dorinda]"
  3. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Se mi rivolgo al prato"" [Dorinda] ""E questa la mercede Angelica spietata!"" [Orlando]"
  4. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Cielo! Se tu il consenti"" [Orlando] ""A qual rischio vi espone incauti amanti"" [Zoroastro, Angelica, Medoro]"
  5. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Tra caligini profondi"" [Zoroastro]"
  6. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Da queste amiche piante"" [Angelica, Medoro]"
  7. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Verdi allori"" [Medoro] ""Dopo tanti perigli"" [Angelica]"
  8. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Non potrà dirmi ingrata"" [Angelica]"
  9. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Dove, dove guidate, Furie"" [Orlando] ""Tutto a poter partire ha già disposto il mio gradito amante"" [Angelica]"
  10. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Verdi piante"" [Angelica]"
  11. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Ah perfida, qui sei!"" [Orlando, Angelica] ""Ohimè! Che miro!"" [Medoro] ""Amor, caro amore!"" [Angelica, Orlando]"
  12. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Ah, Stigie larve!"" [Orlando]"
  13. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Già latra Cerbero"" [Orlando]"
  14. "Handel : Orlando : Act 2 ""Vaghe pupille, non piangete"" [Orlando]"

Disc: 6

  1. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 Sinfonia ""Di Dorinda alle mura"" [Medoro, Dorinda]"
  2. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Vorrei poterti amar"" [Medoro]"
  3. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Più obbligate gli sono"" [Dorinda] ""Pur ti trovo, o mio bene"" [Orlando, Dorinda]"
  4. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Unisca amor in noi"" [Orlando, Dorinda]"
  5. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Già lo stringo"" [Orlando]"
  6. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Di Dorinda all'albergo"" [Angelica, Dorinda]"
  7. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Così giusta è questa speme"" [Angelica] ""S'è corrisposto un core"" [Dorinda]"
  8. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Amor è qual vento"" [Dorinda]"
  9. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Impari ognun da Orlando"" [Orlando]"
  10. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Sorge infausta una procella"" [Zoroastro]"
  11. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Dorinda, e perchè piangi"" [Angelica, Dorinda] ""Più non fuggir potrai"" [Orlando, Angelica]"
  12. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Finché prendi ancora il sangue"" [Angelica, Orlando]"
  13. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Vieni!"" [Orlando, Angelica] ""Già per la man d'Orlando"" [Orlando]"
  14. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Già l'ebro mio ciglio"" [Orlando]"
  15. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Ecco il tempo prefisso!"" ""Tu, che del gran Tonante"" [Zoroastro, Dorinda] Sinfonia"
  16. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Dormo ancora"" [Orlando, Dorinda]"
  17. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Per far, mia diletta"" [Orlando]"
  18. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Orlando si mora"" [Orlando] ""Dei viver ancora"" [Angelica, Orlando, Medoro, Zoroastro, Dorinda] ""Vinse incanti"" [Orlando, Angelica, Medoro, Dorinda, Zoroastro]"
  19. "Handel : Orlando : Act 3 ""Trionfa oggi 'l mio cor"" [Orlando, Angelica, Medoro, Dorinda, Zoroastro]"

Product Description

‘The performance shows the typical Christie touch: polished and sweet-toned playing, well-judged balance, care for detail.
There have been some magnificent Alcina’s in the past…Renee Fleming is in the same class…There are others to match. Susan Graham, in the primo uomo role of Ruggiero, has some of the opera's finest music, and brings to it a firm, full mezzo, clear and agile.
Natalie Dessay brings her full and warm soprano to Morgana's music, with plenty of spirit, a touch of the coquettish where called for, and beautifully exact placing of the staccato notes in 'Tornami a vagheggiar'. Her ornamentation sometimes takes her to dizzying heights.
…the opera is done with the spirit and the passion that its superb music calls for and I have no hesitation in recommending this set…’ (Gramophone)
Alcina is among the finest of Handels operas. The fine Erato set was recorded live at the Paris Opera.
Christie too is masterly at avoiding any monotony in the long sequence of da capo arias, with the recitative superbly timed and reprises beautifully decorated. It is striking that the star singers here are not just brilliant in tackling elaborate passage-work and ornamentation, but are stylishly scrupulous in avoiding unwanted aspirates. Renée Fleming is in glorious voice as Alcina… Natalie dessay as Alcina’s sister, Morgana, relishes the challenge…’ (Penguin Guide 3 stars, 2008 edition)

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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2009
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The two recordings presented here are of very different quality indeed.

Alcina is a live performance, and the recording quality is not of a particularly high standard. Vocal intensity and clarity comes and goes like the tides on the shore as performers move about or turn away. It's difficult to pass sensible comment on the individual performances. It seems inexcusable to present us with this kind of substandard recording when we know it is perfectly possible to give us live performances of virtually studio standard. Take for example Vivaldi: Il Giustino which is part studio part live, and for me at least it's not possible to work out which parts were recorded in which environment.

Orlando is a studio recording, and needless to say the standard is much superior. William Christie delivers to his usual high standard here.

Three stars (just) for Alcina, five for Orlando, so average four stars.

Presented as six discs in individual card sleeves within a cardboard box with fold open lid, plus booklet. No libretti included, you have to download those from the interweb at the address given.
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HASH(0x948c4228) out of 5 stars There are worse places to start building your Handel opera collection than ... 14 July 2014
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There are worse places to start building your Handel opera collection than this set of Handel’s two best “magic” operas led by the esteemed Handel conductor William Christie. Priced at what is effectively two for the price of one, this is an economical way to begin the first stage of your journey, which is making the acquaintance of the Magnificent Seven—Giulio Cesare, Rodelinda, Tamerlano, Ariodante and Serse are the other five--that represent the cream of the thirty-nine Italian opera scores he left behind.
The Alcina offers two major stars, Renee Fleming in the title role, and Natalie Dessay as Morgana, with lovely performances by the supporting cast: Kathleen Kuhlmann as Bradamante, Susan Graham as Ruggiero, Juanita Lascarro as Oberto, tenor Timothy Robinson as Oronte, and bass Laurent Naouri as Melisso. Fleming brings a big-house diva approach to the role of Alcina, which may be off-putting to those preferring purity of baroque style, but which more than once pays dramatic dividends. Dessay is utterly dazzling, combining her personal creativity and sheer vocal brilliance in a performance that often had me giggling with delight.
Patricia Bardon’s performance of the title role in Orlando starts shakily--her technique is challenged by the faster arias early in the work—but she rises to the challenge of the two great mad scenes. Rosemary Joshua as Angelica, and Rosa Mannion as Dorinda contribute beautiful singing in aria after aria, and Hilary Summers is a capable Medoro. Bass Harry van der Kamp as Zoroastro is up to the challenge as the mage who oversees Orlando’s therapeutic passage from dangerous infatuation into madness and back at last to sanity.
Christie tends to take slow arias more slowly than his competitors, emphasizing their beauty at the risk of letting the drama lag, but he tends to make up for lost time in recitatives and fast arias. There’s no such thing as a definitive version of these operas, and the experienced Handel collector will want to supplement these recordings with other fine approaches, but this it’s hard to justify passing up this low-cost opportunity to explore the interpretations of a major Handel conductor.
HASH(0x948c43b4) out of 5 stars Well worth purchasing 10 Jun. 2015
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I bought this recording for Alcina and was pleased to find a Orlando on it as well as a bonus.

Alcina is a live recording so it sounds occasionally like the microphones were positioned far away from the singers as they move around the stage but it is still possible to hear Natalie Dessay's amazing bright vocal fireworks and Renee Fleming's creamy tones. Susanne Graham also does beautifully as Ruggerio. The beauty of Handel's music still shines through the uneven live recording and this is well worth purchasing. A great price for two Handel operas in one package.
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HASH(0x947f3168) out of 5 stars Best of the best! 24 Aug. 2014
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I second the perfectly expressed view of arslonga who writes that "Here you have two of the greatest operas in the Western canon, conducted by the greatest living conductor of early music, for next to no money. Hit "Buy Now" before it's too late."
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Here you have two of the greatest operas in the Western canon, conducted by the greatest living conductor of early music, for next to no money. Hit "Buy Now" before it's too late.
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