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Les Lunes Du Cousin Jacques - Cleopatra

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Number of Discs
1
Release Date
02/08/2011
Artist
Les Lunes Du Cousin Jacques
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Erato

Cleopatra - Handel: Giulio Cesare Arias / Natalie Dessay Composer: George Frideric Handel Performer: Natalie Dessay Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm Orchestra/Ensemble: Le Concert D'Astrée On this disc Natalie Dessay sings eight arias for Cleopatra plus some recitatives to put the arias in context. These are not all the arias Handel wrote for her. In the first act there are another two besides: Tutto può: Non disperar and Tu la mia stella. On the other hand Dessay includes two arias that Handel wrote but replaced with those normally heard today. Thus Se pietà is followed by Per dar vita, which was Handel's first thought for that particular scene. He then reworked Per dar vita as the aria for Sesto in the last act. Troppo crudeli (tr. 13) is interesting to hear. It's a good piece of music but Handel knew a winner when he had composed Piangerò for the third act and it is probably the best known aria in the whole opera. Emmanuelle Haïm is one of today's foremost experts on baroque music and together with Le Concert d'Astrée she has built up an impressive discography, which has met with universal acclaim. They play here at pitch A=415 Hz and produce a biting yet transparent sound, demonstrated on their own in a fresh and springy overture, a properly warlike Sinfonia bellica and superb French horns in the sinfonia that precedes the last scene. But Handel doesn't only require drama and flair, he also demands beauty of tone. Ms Dessay has that as well - and in abundance. Just listen to V'adoro, pupille! So ravishingly beautiful! Piangerò, the noblest of Handel's arias and is sung here with warmth and sadness, while the fast middle section, where she expresses her wish to trouble the tyrant night and day with her ghost, is intensely vitriolic. The da capo section is stylishly embellished - as in all the arias. A masterly reading. She is well partnered by Sonia Prina's Cesare. The Italian contralto has made Handel something of a specialty. Her homepage lists fourteen Handel operas and among them she has sung Giulio Cesare in Lille under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm. Natalie Dessay and Sonia Prina are nicely contrasted in the final duet.

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1) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 3. Final Scene. Caro! Bella! - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (4:56)
2) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 3. Final Scene. Bellissima Cleopatra - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (0:43)
3) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 3. Sinfonia - George Frideric Handel ; Emmanuelle Haïm (2:45)
4) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 7. Da Tempeste Il Legno Infranto - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (5:54)
5) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 7. Forzai L'ingresso a Tua Salvezza - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (0:45)
6) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 7. Voi Che Mie Fide Ancelle - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (1:41)
7) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 3. Troppo Crudeli Siete - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (6:20)
8) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 3. Piangerò la Sorte Mia - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (6:29)
9) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 3. Scene 3. E Pur Così in Un Giorno - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (0:37)
10) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 2. Sinfonica Bellica - George Frideric Handel ; Emmanuelle Haïm (1:11)
11) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 8. Per Dar Vita All'idol Mio - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (3:57)
12) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 8. Se Pietà Di Me Non Senti - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (9:08)
13) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 8. Che Sento? Oh Dio! - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (0:49)
14) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 7. Venere Bella - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (5:02)
15) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 7. Esser Qui Deve in Breve - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (0:34)
16) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 2. V'adoro Pupille - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (5:06)
17) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 2. Scene 2. Taci! Che Fia? - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (1:46)
18) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Act 1. Scene 7. Tutto Può Donna Vezzosa - George Frideric Handel ; Natalie Dessay (4:57)
19) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Opera HWV 17: Ouverture. - George Frideric Handel ; Emmanuelle Haïm (2:41)

Album
Cleopatra
Main Format
CD
Keyword Index
Cleopatra | Les Lunes Du Cousin Jacques