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Nicholas McGegan - Handel: Teseo (Highlights) (2014)

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Nicholas McGegan - Handel: Teseo (Highlights) (2014)
Artist: Nicholas McGegan
Title Of Album: Handel: Teseo (Highlights)
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Philharmonia Baroque Productions
Country: UK
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 1:17:40
Full Size: 399 MB


1. Ouverture (1. Akt)
2. E' pur bello, in nobil core
3. Parte Agilea
4. Ti credo, si ben mio
5. Agilea piu vezzosa
6. Si ti lascio - Si ti sprezzo
7. Quanto ch'a me sian care
8. Ira, sdegno, e furore
9. O stringero nel sen
10. Le luci del mio bene
11. Basta, ad Egeo men vado
12. S'armi il fato, s'armi amore!
13. Ombre, sortite dall'eterna notte!
14. Sibillando, ululando
15. Sire, come imponesti
16. Voglio stragi, e voglio morte
17. E in un momento
18. Chi ritorna alla mia mente
19. Tu piangi, e a me l'ascondi?
20. Amarti si vorrei
21. Non vi lagnate piu
22. Cara ti dono - Caro ti dono
23. Dunque per vendicarmi
24. Moriro, ma vendicata
25. Signore, in questo giorno
26. Unito a un puro affetto
27. Essenti del mio sdegno ancor
28. Il ciel gia si compiace
29. Goda ogn'alma in si bel giorno


Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Dominique Labelle, soprano
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Amy Freston, soprano
Drew Minter, countertenor
Robin Blaze, countertenor
Celine Ricci, soprano
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

In 2011 the Gottingen Handel Festival bid an emotional farewell to its long-serving Artistic Director Nicholas McGegan with a production of Teseo that was performed with a lively sense of humour, knowing theatrical winks and an undiluted affection for the characters. Last year an almost identical cast reassembled in Berkeley with McGegan’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. The spirited elan evident from McGegan’s California concerts makes it a pity that this live document has been reduced to only a selection of highlights. No doubt inevitable disturbances such as traffic noise, audience coughs and a few unfixable bum notes had something to do with why about half the opera is missing, but I lament the omission of Medea’s lovelorn ‘Dolce riposo’.

There are distracting fade-outs during recitatives but compensation is found in a palpable sense of fun and spontaneity spreading through the orchestra and onwards into the cast, and the selected action brims with personality and charm. McGegan’s pacing, his orchestra’s subtle playing and Amanda Forsythe’s singing ensure that Teseo’s ‘Chi ritorna alla mia mente’ is breathtakingly gorgeous, and so is the dulcet partnership between Robin Blaze and a pair of flutes in Arcane’s beguiling ‘Le luci del mio bene’. Agilea’s spellbinding ‘Amarti si vorrei’ displays the chamber-music sensitivity of the continuo team of David Tayler (theorbo), Phoebe Carrai (cello) and Haneke van Proosdij (harpsichord). Of course, Dominique Labelle’s irascible sorceress Medea steals the show, whether cackling wickedly like a pantomime witch in her turbulent ‘Sibbillando, ululando’ or the devastating seriousness in her explosive soliloquy ‘Moriro, ma vendicata’. Albeit imperfect and incomplete, this is an enjoyable snapshot of genuine flesh-and-blood theatrical fun. -- David Vickers, Gramophone

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