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Handel: Heroes from the Shadows / Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto; Phillipe Jaroussky, countertenor; Orfeo 55

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Poro
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando
>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi di Gaula
>Handel, George Frideric : Alessandro
>Handel, George Frideric : Serse
>Handel, George Frideric : Partenope
>Handel, George Frideric : Radamisto
>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina
>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano
>Handel, George Frideric : Scipione
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna in Creta
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
>Handel, George Frideric : Silla
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 2009, contralto and conductor Nathalie Stutzmann founded her own chamber orchestra, Orfeo 55, with which she tours extensively and with whom she partners on this new release. The orchestra, which performs on both baroque and modern instruments, performs not only music from the Baroque, but also works by 20th c. composers such as Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg. This album focuses on Handel's contralto arias: music from some of his best-loved operas, but rarely heard independently of full performances.

Sunday Times, 2nd November 2014
Alceste's Son qual stanco Pellegrino, and Irene's Par che mi nasca from Tamerlano in its rare version with clarinets are highlights, but the entire disc is collectible.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
Stutzmann's dark, smooth contralto is always a pleasure to hear but her expressive intensity, athletic virtuosity and emotional intelligence make it a valuable instrument indeed...it is hard to imagine anyone bringing more depth and nobility to Handel's heart-rending slow arias of hopeless love.

The Guardian, 13th November 2014
Not everyone, I suspect, shares my enthusiasm for Stutzmann's dark, androgynous voice. But there's no mistaking either her musicianship or her commitment here, while Orfeo 55, clearly a force to be reckoned with, play superbly for her.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Poro :: Act 3. Scene 1. Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Ensemble: Orfeo 55
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1731

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Dover, giustizia, amor
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando :: Act 3. Scene 1. Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi di Gaula :: Pena, tiranna
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1715

>Handel, George Frideric : Alessandro :: Sarò qual vento
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Serse :: Non so se sia la speme
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Partenope :: Act 3. Scene 1. Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1730

>Handel, George Frideric : Radamisto :: Son contenta di morire
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina :: Voi che udite il mio lamento
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1709

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano :: Par che mi nasca in seno
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Scipione :: Act 3. Scene 5. Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: L'aure che spira
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Serse :: Act 3. Scene 1. Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Son nata a lagrimar
  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna in Creta :: Son qual stanco pellegrino
  • Performer: Patrick Langot (Cello Piccolo)
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Se fiera belva ha cinto
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Silla :: Senti bell'idol mio
  • Performer: Michele Pasotti (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1713

>Handel, George Frideric : Partenope :: Io seguo sol fiero
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1730

>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi di Gaula :: Act 3. Scene 6. Ballo di pastori e pastorelle
  • Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Notes: Église du Bon Secours, Paris (05/19/2014-05/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1715