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Handel: Giulio Cesare HWV 17

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In his Julius Caesar Handel has one highlight after another in store for opera fans. This opera offers a superb characterization of the principals and is distinguished by its enchanting mixture of drama and burlesque, of consummate art, deeply felt emotion, extravagance and simplicity. George Petrou has amazed the whole music world with his ensemble from Patras, Greece, especially since he dedicated himself to largely unknown Handel operas. Another plus is his outstanding arsenal of young Greek soloists. When he turns to Julius Caesar with this elite corps, the expectations are of course very high - and rightly so. Performed on period instruments!

"The MDG set involves a known commodity, extending the really quite remarkable Handel efforts of conductor Petrou and his group based in Patras, Greece...As he did with Tamerlano Petrou hews to Handel's initial version of the score, of 1724, without any of the composer's changes or additions from later productions...this is an able and appealing cast...Petrou has developed a very fine period-instrument band whose level of confidence and effectiveness matches groups elsewhere in Europe...clear and well-balanced sound. The MDG booklet, which contains full libretto and English translation, is again graced by the expert notes of David Vickers, with more from Petrou himself." - American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Patras, Greece (07/24/2006-07/30/2006).


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>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of Patras
  • Notes: Patras, Greece (07/24/2006-07/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 206 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724