Notes & Reviews:
This exciting studio recording is the second project resulting from the collaboration between Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Karina Gauvin and conductor and harpsichordist Alan Curtis' award winning Complesso Barocco. Giulio Cesare is one of Handel's most renowned operas, and the role of Giulio Cesare is considered to be one of the most beautiful roles in the baroque opera. The full vocal cast is stunning and Alan Curtis shows once again why he is considered one of the world's leading Handel specialists.
American Record Guide, March / April 2013
On the whole, the cast is vocally capable. Gritton makes a really impressive Cleopatra, her voice always appealing and her sense of the queen's evolving character well plotted. Mineccia is a vocally excessive Ptolemy.
BBC Music Magazine, March 2013
If all ears were once on the Egyptian seductress Cleopatra, now they are focused on the grieving Roman widow Cornelia...Curtis presents a Giulio Cesare that is as volatile and ambiguous as Mozart's Don Giovanni. Il Complesso Barocco's articulation is vigorous and incisive...Lemieux plays Cesare as a man made foolish by love...This is not the definitive Giulio Cesare - but it does advance the debate around a much loved, little understood masterpiece.
Recording information: Lonigo, Italy (11/2011).
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
- Conductor: Alan Curtis
- Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco
- Running Time: 140 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1724