- Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
- David Wilson-Johnson (Baritone)
- Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano)
- Timothy Mead (Countertenor)
- Curtis Streetman (Bass)
- Núria Rial
Notes & Reviews:
International Record Review
Nuria Rial sings neatly, sweetly with smooth tone and line
Goodwin... does an admirable job of pacing the music, and the Basle Chamber Orchestra plays brightly... the arias are consistently excellent. ... Lawrence Zazzo is aptly full-blooded and lyrical in the title-role... Nuria Rial sings Costanza's arias gorgeously...
BBC Music Magazine
There is plenty of fine music on display, including an imaginatively scored storm scene right at the start. All in all, it's a highly presentable vocal line-up. There's also very good work from the Kammerorchester Basel, who are constantly alert, and from conductor Pail Goodwin, who shows a strong feeling for tempo in the arias.
Goodwin's cast is superb, headed by Lawrence Zazzo as the errant king, Nuria Rial as the sweet princess and especially the fiery Geraldine McGreevy as the jealous termagant. The veteran David Wilson-Johnson is in splendid form as the defeated Cypriot tyrant.
Rewritten with enhanced regal bravado for the coronation of George II, Handel's 1727 opera of Richard the Lionheart is a rarely heard but rewarding enterprise. Goodwin conducts a fervent Basel Chamber Orchestra in this new scholarly version, fully exploiting the dramatic twists of the King's quest to reclaim his abducted fiancée, Constanza. Amid much nice character-building from the decent cast, Nuria Rial enjoys Constanza's luxuriant lines, while Lawrence Zazzo revels as the Lionheart. Riccardo's Act III revenge aria is truly ominous, furiously driven by Goodwin and some innovative brass writing.
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : Riccardo Primo, HWV 23
- Performers: Núria Rial; Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano); Timothy Mead (Countertenor); Curtis Streetman (Bass); Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor); David Wilson-Johnson (Baritone)
- Conductor: Paul Goodwin
- Notes: Martinskirche Basel (05/23/2007-06/01/2007)
- Running Time: 150 min. 31 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1727