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  • Performer: Natalie Dessay, Ann Hellenberg, Sonia Prina, Pavol Breslik
  • Orchestra: Le Concert d'Astree
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haim
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Virgin Classics (EMI Music)
  • ASIN: B000F3T3E6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Handel: Il Trionfo Del Tempo / Haïm, Dessay, Et Al . Release Date: 05/08/2007 . Label: Virgin Classics . Catalog #: 63428 . Spars Code: DDDb . Composer: George Frideric Handel . Performer: Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haïm, Sonia Prina, Ann Hallenberg, ... Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm . Orchestra/Ensemble: Le Concert D'Astrée . Number of Discs: 2 . Recorded in: Stereo . Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. Works on This Recording: 1. Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, HWV 46a by George Frideric Handel Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Emmanuelle Haïm (Harpsichord), Emmanuelle Haïm (Organ), Sonia Prina (Alto), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Pavol Brslik (Tenor) Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm Orchestra/Ensemble: Le Concert D'Astrée Period: Baroque Written: 1707 Date of Recording: 01/2006 Venue: IRCAM, Paris, France Length: 145 Minutes 32 Secs. Language: Italian

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This early allegorical oratorio (written by Georg Frideric Händel at a mere 22 while on an Italian sojourn) already shows the inventiveness of this genius (and one can understand why the composer cannibalised the work for his later compositions). The libretto is no more than a poetic and moralistic conversation among its four allegorical personae, all individually characterised by the singers all armed with marvellous technique and emotional expression: Bellezza/Beauty (French soprano Natalie Dessay) is fought over by Piacere/Pleasure (Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg) on one side, keeping her enticed with the joys of present "superficial" and pleasurable pursuits, and Enlightenment/Disinganno (Italian contralto Sonia Prina) and Tempo/Time (Slovakian tenor Pavol Breslik) on the other. Of course, the libretto having been written by Händel's pal, the Cardinal, Benedetto Pamphili, it's inevitable that the "virtuous" personae of Enlightenment and Time will win in the end, and Beauty agrees to take on the hairshirt and do penance for enjoying life too much. And yet, the irony of it all is that the very music Händel wrote for this oratorio will bring such pleasures to its hearers and would likely draw the disapproval of Time and Enlightenment for its "corrupting" beauty!

The work is performed with spirit and verve as well as sensitivity by the singers, guided by Baroque conductor Emmanuelle Haïm directing her Le Concert d'Astrée playing on period instruments.
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Although we have been spoilt lately with a number of first class recordings of operas and oratorios by Handel and Vivaldi, this recording is the finest I have heard in a long time. The orchestra, soloists and the recording itself, is truly outstanding.

The performance by Emmanuelle Haïm and her ensemble Le Concert d'Astrée are crisp, clear and elegant. The tempos are sometimes quicker, sometimes slower then expected, but newer so to stress the soloists.

The slight acid edge to Natalie Dessay's voice is sometimes less then appealing, but she sings with great confidence and makes a strong character. Sonia Prina and Pavol Breslik are both firm and fill their roles. But it is Ann Hallenberg who steals the show. Her voice, a true, big, firm, warm mezzo, seams to have endless colours. Her "Lascia la spina" is phenomenal. Is there any better mezzo today?
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I can't really add much to what has been said, except by way of agreement. This is a truly delightful piece of music, quite lightly scored but always delicious and in places sublime. Though I still can't quite make up my mind if I like Natalie Dessay as a Handelian you can't complain about her here; she makes a great Belleza. The other two soloists are also great, but I think the real heroes are the instrumentalists of Le Concert. They seem to play with a natural and easy-going energy that surely befits the youthful Handel. They are really a fabulous ensemble and here they have some beautiful music to showcase their talents. Let's hope that Emmanuelle will carry giving us excellent Handel recordings for a long time yet!
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As I sit writing, I am listening to this CD - it is utterly magical - Dessay has a fabulous voice - I love her rendering of "Lascia La Spina" which I have asked Radio 3's Breakfast show to play as my favourite aria. However, on this CD, you are spoiled for choice.

I am not a music critic, I just know what I like and my tastes are catholic but if you want something to listen to that will transport you to heaven for just a little while, then this is the disc for you.

Put it on, sit back with a glass of cool white wine and enjoy - you will be transported.
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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2010
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My first experience of Haim was with her ineffable massacre of the tempo in Dido and Aeneas; I was therefore somewhat reluctant to choose this Il Trionfo when building my Handel collection. Price in the end decided it, but thankfully I have not regretted it - Emanuelle, all is forgiven!

Soprano Dessay is fine to be sure, albeit seemingly delivering some slightly odd Italian accentuation at times (but then I'm no expert) and occasionally being a little shrill; mezzo-soprano Hallenberg and contralto Prina are fabulous and tenor Breslik certainly holds his own amongst in such august company. A top notch recording.

Packaged as double jewel case. Sleeve notes contain full libretto with English, French and German translation.
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