Notes & Reviews:
Handel's sparkling opera Partenope reunites contertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Karina Gauvin, who both made such and impact in the recording of Steffani's rediscovered Niobe - released by Erato in early 2015 and welcomed by Grammaphone as "a landmark event". Every moment of Partenope's comedy, romance and drama is captured by the dynamic conductor Riccardo Minasi and his ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro. Jaroussky takes the role of Arsace, Prince of Corinth, while Karina Gauvin in Queen Partenope herself.
New York Times, 11th December 2015
The period orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro performs Handel's score with irresistible energy and elegance.
Sunday Times, 3rd January 2016
Gauvin proves captivating, enhancing Handel's notes with delicious decorations in da capo repeats. Philippe Jaroussky (pictured) is her equal in technical dispatch of the most difficult florid music...Ainsley catches the braggadocio of the invader Emilio to perfection, and the supporting singers...sing as outstandingly as Minasi's alert period band play.
BBC Music Magazine, January 2016
Il Pomo d'Oro plays with tremendous attention to detail, as responsive to variations of timbre, articulation and dynamic as the singers...As the siren Partenope, Karina Gauvin brings an easy glamour. John Mark Ainsley is a suave Emilio, brilliant in 'La gloria in nobil alma'...Were the recitatives a touch faster and less deliberate, it would be a perfect performance.
Recording information: Lonigo, Italy (02/16/2015-02/28/2015).
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- Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
- Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
- Notes: Lonigo, Italy (02/16/2015-02/28/2015)
- Running Time: 163 min. 37 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1730