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Handel at the Opera / Simon Standage, Collegium Musicum 90

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>Handel, George Frideric : Arminio, HWV 36
>Handel, George Frideric : Largo
>Handel, George Frideric : Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, HWV 38
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Handel's music is never more winsome than when it's written for special occasions, not least operas. Several of the items in this programme are arias, but they aren't sung. Like today's musicals, though not for calculated commercial reasons, some became what we would now term pops, and Handel reworked them as instrumental pieces, so no liberty has been taken here in presenting them in that form. The charm of this music hasn't escaped the notice of others in recording studios, but it has never been more persuasively captured than it is by Collegium Musicum 90. Other recordings exist of the complete operas and some of the individual instrumental items, but Arminio is represented by only one aria; there's nothing run-of-the-mill about the fugal subject of the Overture, or its treatment, and the Minuet is winsome and light of step. Collegium Musicum 90 fields a team of 32 players but their sound is marvellously light and transparent even when in full flood, and their use of period instruments (or copies thereof) leads also to a natural, revelatory balance. Flawless recording and excellent notes by Standage complete an outstanding issue.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Ouverture
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Musette- Un peu lentement
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Gavotte
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Sarabande
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Minuet
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Aria "Verdi prati"- Larghetto
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Entrée des Songes agréables
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Entrée des Songes funestes
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Entrée des Songes agréables effrayés
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Le Combat des Songes funestes et agréables
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Arminio, HWV 36 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Arminio, HWV 36 :: Minuet
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Largo
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, HWV 38 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Handel, George Frideric : Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, HWV 38 :: Andante larghetto, Minuet
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Handel, George Frideric : Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, HWV 38 :: Ghigg
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Aria "Lascia ch'io pianda" Largo
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Overture
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Minuet
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Aria "Dove sei" Largo
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Overture
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Alla breve
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Aria "Volate, amori" allegro
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Musette - Lentement
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Musette - Andante
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Musette - Allegro
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/08/1999-03/10/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734