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Johann Adolf Hasse: Antonio e Cleopatra

Album Summary

>Hasse, Johann A. : Antonio e Cleopatra, serenata
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"There are very few two character pieces. Here we have one, an excellent one at that, by Johann Adolf Hasse...Not only do we hear an abundance of lovely baroque tunes and style, but the performance is exquisite. The orchestra is delightfully acidic in color, and the clean playing adds a welcome bounce to the "festivities". Nowhere are we told who sings what. The brighter voice (Pine?) sings Cleopatra, the darker voice (Barton?) sings Marc Antony. Both are excellent. Libretto in Italian and English."-American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (2009-12-30_2009-12-31&2010-).


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Hasse's work--imagining the final hours of the Roman general and the Egyptian queen--is neither an opera nor an oratorio (there's no chorus), but offers interesting, if not unforgettable, music. Surprisingly, though the piece runs nearly 90 minutes, the singers are only heard together twice. (Those duets are worth waiting for.) Director Matthew Dirst has tinkered with the scoring to add woodwinds for this first complete recording, but only the most rabid purist will object when his orchestra plays as well as any period band out there. Of course, the real attraction of this set is the soloists, neither of whom I'd heard before. The way they deliver the goods here, I don't think it's going too far to predict soprano Ava Pine and mezzo Jamie Barton will be heard again and again in years to come. Good sound, with only the occasional pitch issue betraying its live origin; nice booklet with texts.
Submitted on 03/27/11 by Jim D. 
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>Hasse, Johann A. : Antonio e Cleopatra, serenata
  • Performer: Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Matthew Dirst
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Notes: Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX (2009-12-30_2009-12-31&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725