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Handel: Rinaldo / Sonia Prina, Anett Fritsch, Brenda Rae, Luca Pisaroni, Varduhi Abrahamyan. Ottavio Dantone, Orch. of the Age of Enlightenment [DVD]

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Skin-tight rubber and lacrosse sticks bring contemporary chic to this timeless fantasy of warriors and witches in Robert Carsen's fun-filled transformation of Handel's first London triumph. Conducting from the keyboard just as Handel himself did, Ottavio Dantone leads a youthful cast of today's luminaries in the dramatic art of Baroque opera, the 'affecting' Sonia Prina, the 'unadorned intensity' of Anett Fritsch and 'fire-breathing flair' (The Observer) of Brenda Rae.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Despite major reservations about the concept, it's impossible to deny the effectiveness of the staging...All the individual performances are well-acted...Vocally, too, there are some impressive offerings...Dantone conducts a strongly characterised performance founded on the alert playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

International Record Review, October 2012
What is here is some exhilarating music-making, both vocal and instrumental. Ottavio Dantone leads an orchestral with a spring in its step and some fine playing...[Argante] is splendidly taken by Luca Pisaroni, one of the best bass-baritones in Baroque opera...[Frisch] brings a touch of determination to overcome the anguish in 'Lascia ch'io pianga' while retaining a lucent tone.

The Times, August 2012
None can top the presence and authority of Luca Pisaroni's Saracan [sic] king Argante. Directing from his tinkling harpsichord, Ottavio Dantone encourages the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to be light, bright and Italian. Listen wholeheartedly; watch with caution.

Opera News
Rinaldo - one of the composer's strongest early operas - must have seemed a compelling candidate for such treatment. I'd have enjoyed this live-performance release without the visuals. While meritorious, who also mans the keyboard, offers creditable playing from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. There is much to enjoy from Luca Pisaroni - surely the Argante of today, with stirring coloratura, a full range of dynamics and meaningfully inflected recits - and from Varduhi Abrahamyan (Goffredo), who displays memorably expressive tone and fine style.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 190 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Surround
Subtitles: English, German, French
Country of Origin: United Kingdom


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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
  • Performers: Varduhi Abrahamyan; Anett Fritsch; Tim Mead (Countertenor); Luca Pisaroni (Bass Baritone); Sonia Prina (Mezzo Soprano); Brenda Rae
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 190 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711
  • Studio/Live: Studio