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Handel: Giulio Cesare / Sarah Connolly, Angelika Kirchschlager, Danielle De Niese, Christophe [3 DVD

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"William Christie conducting and David McVicar directing, created one of the great Giulio Cesare productions of our time, reinstating Handel as an entertainer supreme. This DVD is a worthy matching masterwork, highlighting details with deftness and including well-made documentary extras. Opus Arte has set the standard." -BBC Music Magazine (DVD of the Year)

"One great discovery of this particular production was Danielle de Niese as Cleopatra. Performers who can sing beautifully, act effectively, and look good on stage are rare commodities in the opera world... and in de Niese, Glyndebourne found a new star. "De Niese's vocal command and stage presence are spectacular in every sense and from her first aria she utterly seduces her audience. David McVicar took advantage of her attractive skills to build the opera around her personality." -Gramophone (DVD of the Year)

"Director David McVicar has conceived a very nervy production. Not only is it updated, but he alternates the highly-charged dramatic situations--the ghastly presentation of Pompey's head to his widow, the ravishing seduction scenes--with some song-and-dance numbers from Cleopatra and her compatriots. It's all vastly entertaining (there is an extra on the CDs called "Entertainment is not a dirty word", in which McVicar and others discuss the approach), and if the high camp sometimes blurs the message of the opera as Handel composed it--it's actually quite a diatribe about internal and external politics, empire-building, love, and passion--well, enough crucial messages get through. And there's almost never a dull moment--how often can you say that about an opera running longer than three hours? [De Niese] is beautiful, lithe and sexy, a formidable actress, dancer, and singer, and she has the kind of chutzpah that seems to grow only in America. She's remarkably charismatic and sure of herself, and her tone, darkish for an assured coloratura soprano, is gorgeous. It almost isn't necessary to praise William Christie and his players; there is such energy and passion in this performance, such a love of music making and theater, that I suspect it won't be equaled for years to come Production values--picture, sound, subtitles--are first rate. This is thrilling." -Classics Today (10/10)

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 295 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Country of Origin: United Kingdom


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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
  • Performers: Patricia Bardon (Mezzo Soprano); Rachid Ben Abdeslam (Countertenor); Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano); Danielle De Niese (Soprano); Christophe Dumaux (Countertenor); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 295 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724