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More dramatic than the Rousset version No Printed Libretto included,
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This review is from: Handel - Riccardo Primo, re d'Inghilterra / Zazzo, Rial, McGreevy, Kammerorchster Basel, Goodwin (Audio CD)
I agree almost completely with the previous reviewer "Paul C", and will only add a few additional points. One I do not hear any fuzziness in the recorded sound, but I do hear annoying errors in the Italian pronounciation in the singing of Streetman (Berardo), who doesn't seem to know how a double consonant changes the pronounciation compared with a single consonant and Rial (Costanza) who doesn't know the difference between an open or a closed Italian "e" and has weakness in accent and consonant sounds, all of which could have easily been corrected with a little help from the language coach. The difference between this version and the Rousset is that the orchestral playing is much more dynamic and almost grabs you by the collar and makes you pay attention in a way. So as the previous reviewer said this is why it is more dramatic than the Rousset version, and ultimately more enjoyable even though Piau is a better Costanza, everything overrides the better singing quality of Piau on the Rousset recording and thus makes this the recording of choice in my opinion.
Final point: there is NO PRINTED LIBRETTO BOOKLET included. You have to print one from the PDF file included on CD 1. This I find deplorable for a first issue recording.
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2013, 18:39:33 BST
I recently purchased deutsche harmonia mundi's recording of Lotario with Alan Curtis. There was no libretto, no pdf file and no english language libretto available via a google search. Astounding...
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2013, 07:50:08 BST
Dear Frank, You can get a copy of the Italian libretto organized exactly according to the tracks on this recording of Lotario (Curtis) on the Italian Handel site: gfhaendel.it. Just click on "libretti" on the left when the site opens. As far as an English translation of the libretto goes I don't have any suggestions except to say that there is a group called L-Handel of which I am a member, which might be able to help you get a copy of the libretto of Lotario in English. Look for the internet address online. If you join the group and send an e-mail to the members someone in the group might be willing to send you the libretto in English via e-mail by scanning it from the original Curtis higher priced issue on Virgin/EMI. Unfortunately I only have the Italian libretto myself. I myself have received Libretti from group members in the past, for example the libretto to Rameau's Les Boreades, which is still under copyright, and not easily available. Good luck. Get back to me if you need help contacting the L-Handel group.
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