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Thomas Arne: Artaxerxes

Album Summary

>Arne, Thomas [Composer] : Artaxerxes, opera in 3 acts
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"The music...is far from parochial, with as rich an array of influences as any Handel. Page and co achieved a signal success when they revived the piece, with newly composed recitatives (by Page) and finale (by Duncan Druce), at Covent Garden in 2009. This recording, more intimate than epic, happily preserves that achievement. Christopher Ainslie is outstanding in the title role." -Sunday Times***

"Arne's music veers from sub-Handel baroque to early galant, in the charming, innocent style of Johann Christian Bach...Elizabeth Watts and Rebecca Bottone shine under Ian Page's crisp direction." -The Observer

"Page directs his players with style and sureness...How well the orchestra (and not only the woodwind) plays...The anger and venom summoned in Watts's vocal onslaught makes Mozart's Elettra seem no more than mildly put out. Watts truly brings Mandane's feelings to life...Some of the best singing comes from Christopher Ainslie in the title-role." -International Record Review

"The very fine cast enters with spirit into the text's convoluted scenario of love and betrayal in ancient Persia and delivering [sic] the notes with assurance. Ian Page conducts the period-instrument forces with conviction and the sound is excellent." BBC Music Magazine*****

"The recitatives...are delivered with conviction, flowing seamlessly into the arias. Christopher Ainslie as Artaxerxes woos with honeyed tone, while Caitlin Hulcup as his friend Arbaces impresses with her coloratura...There's much delectable writing for woodwind and horns, all beautifully played. This lively account of a charming work will give much pleasure." -Classic FM Magazine****

"the ruthless virtuosity of [Watts's] 'Monster away!' carries all before it...admirable work by the other voices."-Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Air Studios, London, UK (2009-11-18_2009-11-21&2010-).


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>Arne, Thomas [Composer] : Artaxerxes, opera in 3 acts
  • Conductor: Ian Page
  • Notes: Air Studios, London, UK (2009-11-18_2009-11-21&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1762