Partenope, one of Handel's lesser known operas, has been blessed with several fine recordings. Sigiswald Kuijken and La Petite Bande helped kick off the Handel revival with a path-breaking recording in 1979. Handel: Partenope Recently, Lars Ulrik Moretenson has directed a wonderful DVD from Copenhagen's Royal Theater. Handel: Partenope There is also a well-reviewed recording (which I have not heard) led by Christian Curnyn.
This three-CD set, one of the best classical recordings of 2015 according to the New York Times, moves to the top of the audio-only list. Vivien Schweitzer writes, "The period orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro performs Handel’s score with irresistible energy and elegance. The superb cast includes the bright-voiced soprano Karina Gauvin in the title role and the countertenor Philippe Jaroussky as Arsace, as well as the soprano Emoke Barath as Armindo and the mezzo Teresa Iervolino as Rosmira."
As well as text and translations, the booklet also contains a lengthy, informative essay on the opera by Handel expert David Vickers. It includes a discussion of Handel's various versions of the opera and the choices made here. Although the recording generally follows the original February 1730 version, the recording also includes, as an appendix, an alternative final scene that Handel prepared for a December 1730 revival featuring the great castrato Senesino.
Handel: Partenope CD, インポート
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Paul Van de Water
One of the Best Recordings of 2015
2015年12月31日 - (Amazon.com)
2016年10月14日 - (Amazon.com)
You want complete? You've got it. A great experience of Baroque opera at its best, but give yourself plenty of time to savor. Jaroussky is at his best. But the other principals have no trouble keeping up with him. One of the reviewers of this disc calls this one of Handel's minor operas. I couldn't disagree more. Every bar her shows the composer as the supreme emperor of his own musical universe, to which he gives life at every turn. I don't know the other recordings of this work, but I would guess that this one is definitive. Some minor quibble apply: the tempi are uniformly brisk, which is good, but now and then what means to be perky energy declines into mere hurry, and the conductor has mannerisms that don't always work, e.g. ending just about every number on a staccato last note. But then the violin obbligatos in the 'farfallo' aria, or the horns int he hunting aria are full of inspired touches. And (for a bonus) it's nice to have a recording of Handel's alternate finales. A recording to be treasured!
A very fine opera sung with immense elegance and conviction by the ...
2016年5月18日 - (Amazon.com)
A very fine opera sung with immense elegance and conviction by the wonderful Karina Gauvin as Partenope, and with Philippe Jaroussky as Arsace. The other roles of Rosmira, Armindo, Emilio and Ormonte are beautifully sung by Teresa Iervolino, Emöke Baráth, John Mark Ainsley and Luca Tittoto respectively. It is so very hard for me to understand why Handel's operas lay unvisited for decades: they all have such magnificent music. Partenope was first performed in February 1730 and does not disappoint despite the altercations and kerfuffles surrounding its genesis. More than that, one thinks of the beleaguered composer, fighting to keep his head above water financially, still managing to write such superb music.
A very beautiful work, impeccably performed
2016年9月2日 - (Amazon.com)
A very beautiful work, impeccably performed. A magnificent rendition of 'Voglio amare insin ch'io moro' in act 2 had me pushing the repeat button over and over.
Richard H. Olson
What great singing! Handel just keeps coming up with beautiful ...
2016年9月21日 - (Amazon.com)
What great singing! Handel just keeps coming up with beautiful melodoes and glorious ideas.