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HANDEL. Ombra mai f. Airs, Overtures & Cti. Andreas Scholl

Akademie fr Alte Musik Berlin Andreas Scholl (countertenor) Audio CD
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1. Admeto, Re di Tessaglia: Ouverture
2. Admeto, Re di Tessaglia: Ballo di Larve
3. Admeto, Re di Tessaglia: Recitativo-accompagnato
4. Admeto, Re di Tessaglia: Aria
5. Serse: Sinfonia
6. Serse: Recitativo
7. Serse: Aria
8. Giulio Cesare In Egitto: Aria
9. Giulio Cesare In Egitto: Gigue
10. Giulio Cesare In Egitto: Aria
11. Radamisto: Passacaille
12. Radamisto: Gigue
13. Radamisto: Passepied
14. Radamisto: Rigaudon
15. Rodelinda, Regina de Langobardi: Sinfonia - Recitativo
16. Rodelinda, Regina de Langobardi: Aria
17. Rodelinda, Regina de Langobardi: Sinfonia
18. Rodelinda, Regina de Langobardi: Accompagnato
19. Rodelinda, Regina de Langobardi: Aria
20. Alcina: Aria
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Haendel au faîte de sa gloire !
Selon un célèbre chroniqueur de l'époque, Charles Burney, les opéras de Haendel représentaient les concerts les plus complets" au cours desquels "s'ajoutaient au chant le plus parfait et aux effets d'un orchestre puissant et bien discipliné, un excellent jeu théâtral, des scènes et des décors splendides".
Grâce à ses nombreux contacts avec l'Italie, Haendel eut l'opportunité de faire appel à des castrats tout simplement extraordinaires. Retrouvez sur ce disque les plus beaux airs jamais confiés à ces castrati qui, grâce à des contre-ténors comme Andreas Scholl, reviennent aujourd'hui à la vie..."


No more making allowances for countertenors--now the best of the breed have voices as rich and as varied as those of any other range. Exhibit A: Gramophone cover boy Andreas Scholl. Unlike David Daniels and Brian Asawa, who made their splash on the opera stage, Scholl became famous as a concert and oratorio singer. He doesn't sing with Daniels's temperament and fire; along with a certain equanimity, he has a round, pleasing sound and a vibrato that's attractive but never intrusive. For his first operatic recording, Scholl chose his music wisely: rather than tempest arias or bursts of martial fury, he gives us long, beautifully shaped melody in the title aria and the famous "Verdi prati." He's at his delightful best in the "birdsong" and "hunting" arias from Giulio Cesare: the clean coloratura, detailed phrasing, and imaginative embellishment are reminiscent of Emma Kirkby in her prime. The instrumental soloists in those arias (violin and horn, respectively) are equally fine, as is the entire period-instrument orchestra. However, nearly half of the playing time on this disc is instrumental music--that seems rather much for a recording marketed as a showcase for a hot young singer. (The much-recorded concerto grosso "Alexander's Feast" in particular seems superfluous.) With that caveat in mind, this impressive disc won't disappoint. --Matthew Westphal

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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After reading though the reviews of a few of the Andreas Scholl recital discs, I have come to the conclusion that most of the negative reviews originate from people who think they are "the" experts on Baroque music. They label his voice too "innocent", "precious", "bland", and "cold." They praise David Daniels, who in my opinion has a muddled middle register, and messy coloratura. Yes, maybe Daniels can be more dramatic and interpretive- I have seen/heard him in the title role of Giulio Cesare, at Houston Grand Opera. But, then again, I have also seen/heard Susan Graham as Ariodante, which was 100 times a more powerful, dramatic performance.
I differ from many of my American counterparts in that I think the quality and beauty of the voice can be enough in and of itself. Perhaps this is why, for example, I adore Joan Sutherland. She may have had the acting ability of an armchair, but she redeemed herself with truly glorious singing, leaving a legacy few sopranos today can even hope to match.
Having said all that (thanks for hearing me out!), I would encourage anyone, expert or novice, to buy this CD. Perhaps there a few more instrumental tracks that one would want, but overall, Harmonia Mundi had a great idea in mind. If you want to hear nothing but Scholl, you can buy The Voice, which I also highly recommend.
One of my personal favorites is his interpretation of Va, Tacito, from Giulio Cesare. Just listen to the variations he includes in the last repeat of the da capo aria. To say that I was enraptured would be an understatement. Another great selection is Fronde Tenere/Ombra Mai Fu. Instead of trying to "ham it up", he just sings it with beauty and clarity, with an amazing upper register.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! June 20 2003
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This was the first of many CDs that I've bought with Andreas Scholl! This CD introduced me to the beauty of his voice, and the great repertoire of this particular recording convinced me of the sheer quality and artistry of this young german singer!
Andreas Scholl is one of the leading countertenors in the world and I believe that this is the perfect CD to get to know him! I'm absolutely sure that you'll end up wanting to buy many more of his recordings and that you'll never be dissapointed by any of them!
I've have been enjoying this CD for almost 5 years already! So much so that recently (May 2004), when I decided to buy a new home sound system, I carried it along with me in order to be able to compare the options that I had!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant voice, eclectic selection May 30 2002
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Andreas Scholl's angelic voice once again shines in this album with arias from seven different Handel operas written at the peak of the composers productive career. Only Julius Cesar is one of the more frequently performed ones in this selection, so we gain insight into rarely performed treasures from Alexander's Feast, Radamisto, Serse and others. The selection is beautiful and the Academy of Ancient music Berlin does a wonderful job in orchestrating the pieces. This album is another gem that no Scholl and baroque music afficionado should miss out on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scholl is a true star material May 13 1999
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Andreas Scholl is a very talented performer whose singing is marked by quality and consistency that will surely earn him a place in history. Giving him anything less than five stars is unfair. His Ombra mai fu, showcased on this recording, literally mesmerized the house at the recent EMI anniversary gala, causing a major label war for his allegiance (he did switch labels). Tastes may differ, but he deserves to be heard! This recording also includes instrumental pieces.
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