Notes & Reviews:
Following the recording of several complete Baroque operas (Faramondo, Farnace, Artaserse, Alessandro), all received with unrestrained enthusiasm (Gramophone Editor's Choice, BBC Magazine cd of the Month, Handel Recording Prize, Preise der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Echo Klassik, Diapason d'0r, Choc de Classica, Les Orphées d'Or, Académie Charles Cros,...), Max Emmanuel Cencic once again brings together his fine group of singers and orchestra for a rarely recorded Handel opera, TAMERLANO. The title role is taken by the exceptional counter-tenor, Xavier Sabata.
Sunday Times, 13th April 2014
Sabata's bad-boy manner captures the unstable mood swings of the Mongol ruler...If John Mark Ainsley's commanding Bajazet is the great performance here, the entire set makes the strongest case yet for this masterpiece on disc, ideally paced by Riccardo Minasi and his splendid period band.
The Guardian, 8th May 2014
Sabata makes Tamerlano the most insidious and dangerous of psychopaths...Ainsley's noble, harrowing Bajazet has rarely been bettered...Minasi's conducting is second to none, too, and the work's severity and sensuousness are wonderfully captured by Il Pomo d'Oro. This is one of the great Handel recordings and very highly recommended.
Financial Times, 23rd May 2014
Il pomo d'oro provide further evidence that the period movement's centre of gravity has shifted emphatically in Italy's direction.
The Observer, 15th June 2014
John Mark Ainsley is anguished as the volatile monarch. Instead of the contraltos of yesteryear we have two superbly agile countertenors, Xavier Sabata and Max Emanuel Cencic, sharing the honours with Riccardo Minasi's wiry, pungent period band.
The Independent, 1st April 2014
It's a treasure chest of music seldom heard.
BBC Music Magazine, August 2014
The cast is of exceptional and even strength...[Sabata and Cencic] deliver brilliant tone and lively fioritura, while the scenes between Sabata and Ainsley crackle with fury...An all-round outstanding performance...The oorchestral performance is dynamic, the bowing expressive.
Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
Bursting with an energetic, dramatic drive and great characterisation from the soloists. An all-round excellent Handel release...newcomers should start with this throat-grabbing performance.
Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, August 2014
This recording from Il Pomo d'Oro and Riccardo Minasi boasts an exceptionally strong cast, not least John Mark Ainsley's nuanced Bajazet and Max Cencic's charismatic Andronico. In the title-role Xavier Sabata's surprisingly sweet tone is no barrier to his credibility as the volatile tyrant.
Recording information: Villa San Fermo, Convento die Pavoniani, Lonigo, Vincen (04/2013).
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : Tamerlano
- Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
- Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
- Notes: Composition written: 1724.
- Running Time: 163 min. 57 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1724