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Handel: Floridante / Alan Curtis, et al

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Il Floridante, HWV 14
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Pre-eminent Baroque specialist Alan Curtis sheds light on another neglected opera masterpiece. Following the critical acclaim of his milestone recording Rodelinda, Curtis turns his attention to Handel's 13th opera Floridante. Floridante, which the well-known author Donna Leon describes in the album's liner notes as a story of "sex, violence, lust, incest, jealousy, and betrayal," was premiered in London in 1721. Once again Curtis proves his skill in selecting an exquisite cast of singers-Marijana Mijanoviæ, Joyce DiDonato, Vito Priante, and Roberta Invernizzi-all ranking among the most exciting singers in Baroque opera today. Curtis's recording of Floridante is the first to be based on a new edition of the opera-one that reconstructs Handel's original intended form of the piece, which he had to adjust before the premiere due to changes in the singers

BBC Music Magazine
Curtis directs with well-paced assurance and has assembled an effective cast drawn mainly from a pool of semi-regulars. As always with these pieces, veritable voyages of discovery, the score is generously filled with fine music.

Penguin Guide
The great glory of the set is Joyce DiDonato as Elmira, not just fresh-toned, with flawless legato in her lyrical arias, but dazzlingly brilliant in the florid ones...Riccardo Novaro is excellent as the satrap, Timante.


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>Handel, George Frideric : Il Floridante, HWV 14
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano); Marijana Mijanovic (Alto); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone); Vito Priante (Bass); Sharon Rostorf-Zamir (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco
  • Notes: Composition written: 1721.
  • Running Time: 149 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1721