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Handel: Serse / Anna Stephany, Rosemary Joshua, David Daniels, Hilary Summers. Christian Curnyn

> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III: Sinfonia
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Sono vani e pretesti (Arsamene, Romilda, Atalanta, Elvino)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 2: Aria: No, no, se tu mi sprezzi (Atalanta)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 3: Recitative: Ecco in segno di fe la destra amica (Romilda, Elviro, Arsamene, Serse)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 3: Aria: Per rendermi beato (Serse)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 4: Recitative: Ubbidiro al mio Re (Arsamene, Romilda)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 4: Aria: Amor, tiranno Amor (Arsamene)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 5: Recitative: Come gia vi accennammo (Serse, Ariodate)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 5: Aria: Del Ciel d'amore sorte si bella (Ariodate)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 6: Recitative: Il suo serto rifuto (Romilda, Amastre)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 8: Aria: Cagion son io del mio dolore (Amastre)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 9: Recitative: Romilda infida (Arsamene, Romilda)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 9: Duet: Troppo inganni la mia fede (Romilda, Arsamene) - Troppo inganni la mia fede (Romilda, Arsamene)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 10: Coro di ministri: Cio che Giove destino (Chorus)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 10: Recitative: Ecco lo sposo! (Ariodate, Arsamene, Romilda)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 10: Coro di ministri: Chi infelice si trovo (Chorus)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 11: Recitative: Se ne viene Ariodate (Serse, Ariodate)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Scene 11: Aria: Crude Furie degl'orridi abissi (Serse)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Finale: Recitative: Pefidi! e ancor osate (Serse, Ariodate, Arsamene, Romilda, Amastre, Elviro, Atalanta)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act III Finale: Aria: Caro voi siete all'alma (Romilda) - Ritorna a noi la calma (Chorus)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 7: Recitative: E pazzo affe (Elviro, Arsamene)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 7: Aria: Quella che tutta fe (Arsamene)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 8: Coro di marinari: La virtute sol potea (Chorus)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 8: Recitative: Ariodate! (Serse, Ariodate)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 8: Coro di Marinari: La virtute sol potea (Chorus)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 9: Arioso: Per dar fine alla mia pena (Arsamene)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 9: Recitative: Arsamene, ove andate? (Serse, Arsamene)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 9: Aria: Si, la voglio e la otterro (Arsamene)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 10: Recitativo: V'inchino, eccelso Re (Atalanta, Serse)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 10: Aria: Voi mi dite che non l'ami (Atalanta)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 10: Recitative: Saria lieve ogni doglia (Serse)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 10: Aria: Il core spera e teme (Serse)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 11: Accompanied: Me infelice, ho smarrito il mio padrone! (Elviro)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 11: Aria: Del mio caro bacco amabile (Elviro)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 12: Duet: Gran pena e gelosia - Lo sa il mio cor piagato (Serse, Amastre)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 12: Recitative: Aspra sorte! (Serse, Amastre)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 13: Aria: Val piu contento core (Romilda)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 13: Recitative: Vuo ch'abbian fine (Serse, Romilda, Amastre)
> Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 - Act II Scene 14: Aria: Chi cede al furore (Romilda)

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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