Notes & Reviews:
Making his Archiv opera debut, celebrated Handelian and Grammy award winner René Jacobs, "the most exciting opera conductor of the day" (MünchnerMerkur), leads his dynamic, exquisitely honed B'Rock Baroque Orchestra Ghent and an outstanding cast in one of the composer's most spectacular and ravishingly beautiful creations recorded at Concertgebouw Brugge in summer 2013.
In a recording career spanning four decades, Jacobs has surveyed a phenomenal amount of repertoire, operatic and instrumental: from Monteverdi to Mozart, from Bach to Pergolesi, with Händel, Gluck, Telemann and many more in-between, every new recording being hailed as an event by the press.
Following game-changing recordings of Handel's Giulio Cesare (1991), Rinaldo (2003) and Agrippina (2011), celebrated early and baroque music elder statesman René Jacobs makes an eagerly expected return to Handel on disc.
The title role, written for the legendary castrato Senesino, is sung by its finest modern exponent, Bejun Mehta, "one of the most commanding, exhilarating countertenors of the modern era" by New York Times
BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
Mehta brings lively characterisation to the mythical hero's subtle duality. I the uppermost notes of his vocal range sound a little pinched, there is ample compensation in bravura passagework...Im brings youthful playfulness to the role of Dorinda...All is well paced under RenT Jacobs's direction with a fine contribution from the B'Rock orchestra.
Sunday Times, 6th July 2014
This Orlando is the most dramatic on disc - although not all will love Jacobs's extremes of slow and fast tempi, or the "baroque" sound effects. Bejun Mehta's psychotic titular antihero is superb throughout, and I've never heard a more thrilling - or sinister - Zoroastro than Konstantin Wolff, while Sophie KarthSuser and Kristina Hammarstr÷m blend raptly as the lovers.
Recording information: Concertgebouw, Bruges (07/2013/08/2013).
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : Orlando
- Conductor: René Jacobs
- Ensemble: B'Rock Orchestra
- Running Time: 53 min. 37 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1732