Haendel : Giove in Argo. Curtis.

Georg Friedrich Haendel : Giove in Argo.

Ann Hallenberg (Iside), Karina Gauvin (Calisto), Theodora Baka (Diana), Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (Arete), Vito Priante (Erasto), Johannes Weisser (Licaone), Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, direction.

Format: 1 CD
Release date: 1/4/2013
Barcode: 5099972311622 Catégories : ,


   in Early Music Today (Sep, 2013)
In the 1730s Handel compiled three pasticci, taking the music almost entirely from his own earlier works. Whereas Oreste (1734) and Alessandro Severo (1738) were heroic opera seria, Giove in Argo (1739) was a pastoral fantasy and differed too in featuring numerous choruses, which Handel presumably included as a sop to his audience’s growing preference for oratorio. Winton Dean dismissed Giove in Argo as an ‘unsatisfactory hotchpotch’ and it certainly feels like a hasty cut- and-paste job, with the imported arias losing much of their resonance and impact in the new setting. Still, Handel’s music can charm, irrespective of context, and it is well sung here by a strong …
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