Notes & Reviews:
Serse is performed by the Early Music Company under Christian Curnyn, who won a BBC Music Award in 2013 for its recording of Handel's Alceste. They are joined on this recording by a host of excellent soloists including Rosemary Joshua in the role of Romilda, Anna Stéphany as Xerxes, David Daniels as Arsamene, and Hilary Summers as Amastre.
The Observer, 22nd September 2013
[A] flowing, affectionate and beautifully shaped reading...The cast is superb throughout...But it's Anna Stéphany's show: she sweeps all before her as a magnificent Serse. This is one of the most consistently satisfying current Handel opera recordings.
Financial Times, 28th September 2013
An extremely classy account...Stéphany can compete with the best of today's mezzos: she combines feeling, dignity, elegance...this really is a baroque vocal feast...Curnyn shows such an easy command of the idiom: there is no aggressive accenting or exaggeration of tempo.
Sunday Times, 6th October 2013
[This] goes to the top of the list of original-language performances on disc...thanks to the conductor's unerring sense of style...[Stéphany] launches the opera raptly...and is fearless in the two great bravura scenes...[Daniels's] lamenting arias approach the sublime here. A total success.
Gramophone Magazine, September 2013
Stephany sings superbly...Joshua far eclipses her counterparts on the rival recordings, singing with sweet, sensuous tone and characterising deftly...Summers suggests the pathos as well as the outrage of Serse's wrong fiancee Amastre...this beautifully recorded new version is the one to go for.
BBC Music Magazine, November 2013
[Stéphany's] is a stunning central performance, comfortably matched by incisive playing from the Early Opera Company orchestra. Sopranos Rosemary Joshua (as Romilda) and Joelle Harvey (Atalanta) melt and sparkle to order, accompanied by fluttering recorders.
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