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Handel / Rolando Villazón, Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Players

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Internationally acclaimed tenor Rolando Villazon presents an all-new recording of Italian arias by Handel. All admirers of the tenor's voice will be engaged by this program of performances, completely unlike any of Villazon's previous recordings, offering listeners a thrilling and new way to hear Handel. Conductor Paul McCreesh, a Gramophone Award winner for Handel, and the exciting Gabrieli Players join Villazon, giving the listener both an authentic period performance as well as a new twist on familiar Handel repertoire. To suit his voice, Villazon performs not only tenor arias, but also transposed mezzo-soprano arias - a practice familiar to Handel. A Deluxe Edition is available as DGG B001273310, which includes the complete CD and a DVD of aria performances taken from an exclusive TV special, interviews and more – all in an elegant hardcover booklet.

Gramophone Magazine
It is splendid to hear a singer of abundant personality leaping into the suicide scene from Tamerlano with such dramatic authority. Listening to Villazón's lively rendition of Bajazet's "Ciel e terra armi di sdegno", I find myself eager to see him sing the role on stage. ...the enthusiasm seems infectious: McCreesh's Gabrieli Players have rarely sounded better and more dramatically attuned in this repertoire. This disc is zany in some ways, but offers fine rewards.

The Guardian
Villazón sings everything with such intensity and fire that you surrender to him. His performance of Ariodante's Scherza Infida is among the most beautiful and keenly felt on disc. If he'd been around in the 18th century, Handel would probably have adored him.

The Times
Villazón's first number, one of three from Tamerlano, blasts us with a degree of bravura and sunshine rarely encountered among the regular male Baroque singers...



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano :: Act 1. Ciel e terra armi di sdegno
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: Composition written: 1724.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Act 3. Fatto inferno è il mio petto
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: Composition written: 1725.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Act 3. Pastorello d'un povero armento
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: Composition written: 1725.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Act 1. Frondi tenere e belle
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Act 1. Ombra mai fu
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Act 1. Piú che penso alle fiamme del core
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Act 3. Crude furie degl'orridi abissi
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Act 2. Scherza, infida, in grembo al drudo!
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Act 2. Dopo notte atra e funesta
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano :: Act 3. Oh, per me lieto avventuroso giorno! / Fremi, minaccia - No, vo' se
  • Performers: Jean Gadoullet (Countertenor); Rebecca Bottone (Soprano); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: Composition written: 1724.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano :: Act 3. Figlia mia, non pianger
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: Composition written: 1724.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano :: Act 3. Tu, spietato, il vedrai
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: Composition written: 1724.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47 :: Part 1. Così la tortorella
  • Performers: Christopher Suckling (Cello); Robert Howarth (Harpsichord); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47 :: Part 2. Caro figlio!
  • Performers: Christopher Suckling (Cello); Robert Howarth (Harpsichord); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708