Max Emanuel Cencic, Il Pomo d’Oro, George Petrou – Handel: Ottone, HWV15 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Max Emanuel Cencic, Il Pomo d'Oro, George Petrou
Title: Handel: Ottone, HWV15
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 03:22:31
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Decca

One should not think that at the time when Handel was around, an opera was a finished product, etched in stone, the score of which was some kind of Holy Grail that would not suffer any tampering with, be it so benign. From that point of view, Handel's Ottone is a case in point. Some extensive adjustments probably arose from Handel's collaboration with the famous prima donna Francesca Cuzzoni, who had arrived in London in December 1722, but a fortnight before the first performance, and immediately threw a tantrum. Several of her arias she rejected and had had Handel substitute with entirely different new music. According to Mainwaring's Memoirs of the Life of the Late George Frederic Handel (1760), having one day some words with Cuzzoni on her refusing to sing the aria Falsa imagine, the composer had shouted, in French: "I know very well that you are a veritable she-devil: but I will show you that I am Beelzebub the Chief of the Devils " and with this he took her up by the waist, and, if she uttered another word, swore that he would fling her out of the window. This being said, many of the modifications he made during the rehearsal period had nothing to do with Cuzzoni. All in all, eleven arias and one duet were finished but then discarded and replaced before the first performance, and several other arias were considerably revised . It is impossible to determine which changes were instigated by Handel himself on artistic grounds and which were compromises in order to satisfy his singers' whims and overblown egos. In addition to rejections, redrafts of scenes and wholesale substitutions by Handel during the opera's composition and preparation, further amendments were also made during its first run . Moreover, he replaced and also added several extra arias for the twelfth performance, which took place on 26 March 1723 after a break of several weeks because of Lent. So: what does "the real" Ottone look like? This recording presents a reconstruction of the complete first performance version, but it also incorporates Handel's expansions to two scenes reworked especially for Cuzzoni. As an appendix, there are three bonus tracks of new arias composed for the title-role in Handel's 1726 revival, making it an Ottone as complete as possible. All this extra music will allow the listener to enjoy even more the great voices of the recording, to begin with the countertenor Max Cencic, but also the soprano Lauren Snouffer -- who sings the part initially held by the infamous Cuzzoni --, accompanied by the ensemble Il pomo d'oro playing on period instruments and conducted by George Petrou.

Tracklist:

  1. Ottone, HWV 15, Overture: Lentement - Allegro - 3:21
  2. Ottone, HWV 15, Overture: [Gavotte] - 1:21
  3. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 1: N.1 Aria: Pur che regni il figlio amato - 2:55
  4. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 1: Recitativo: Chi più lieto è di me? - 2:21
  5. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 1: N.2 Aria: La speranza è giunta in porto - 2:59
  6. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 2: Recitativo: Vien di Romano inclita figlia - 1:27
  7. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 2: N.3 Aria: Bel labbro, formato per farmi beato - 4:21
  8. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 3: Recitativo: È tale Otton? - 1:09
  9. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 3: N.4 Aria: Falsa imagine, m’ingannasti - 6:35
  10. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 3: N.5 Concerto: Vivace - 2:33
  11. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 4: Recitativo: Te, che assalir le nostre navi osasti - 1:30
  12. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 4: N.6 Aria: Del minacciar del vento sì ride quercia annosa - 4:03
  13. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 5: Recitativo: Tutto a più liete cure si rivolga il pensier - 2:48
  14. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 5: N.7 Aria: Ritorna, o dolce amore, conforta questo sen - 4:15
  15. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 6: Recitativo: Anch’io sperai - 0:36
  16. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 6: N.8 Aria: Diresti poi così? - 6:05
  17. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 7: Recitativo: Tu la madre d’Otton? - 1:58
  18. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 7: N.9 Aria: Pensa ad amare - 3:24
  19. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 8: Recitativo: Adelaide, di cui con tanta lode udii parlar - 1:01
  20. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 9: Recitativo: Stendi la bianca mano - 1:10
  21. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 10: Recitativo: Giunge Otton! E chi parte? - 0:39
  22. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 10: N.10 Aria: Affanni del pensier - 7:14
  23. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 11: N.11 Sinfonia - 0:10
  24. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 11: Recitativo: Cedi il ferro, o la vita - 0:53
  25. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 11: N.12 Aria: Tu puoi straziarmi - 2:15
  26. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 12: Recitativo: È di più mio rival? - 0:48
  27. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 12: N.13 Aria: Dell’onda ai fieri moti - 3:18
  28. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 1: N.14 Sinfonia - 0:30
  29. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 1: Recitativo: Per breve spazio a me colui - 1:38
  30. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 2: N.15 Aria: Lascia, che nel suo viso - 3:24
  31. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 3: Recitativo: (Ah! che più non resisto!) - 1:57
  32. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 3: N.16 Aria: Ah! tu non sai quant’il mio cor sospira - 5:07
  33. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 4: Recitativo: Ben a ragion Matilda l’alterigia riprende - 1:05
  34. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 4: N.17 Aria: Veni, o figlio - 6:56
  35. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 5: N.17.2 Aria: Spera sì, mi dice il core - 5:11
  36. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 5: Recitativo: (Quegli, è certo il mio sposo) - 2:44
  37. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 5: N.18 Aria: All’orror d’un duolo eterno - 3:36
  38. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 6: Recitativo: O illustre Teofane - 1:24
  39. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 6: N.19 Aria: Alla fama, dimmi il vero - 3:13
  40. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 7: Recitativo: Con gelosi sospetti chi avvelenò il suo core? - 0:33
  41. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 7: N.20 Aria: Dopo l’orrore - 5:18
  42. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 8: N.21 Accompagnato: O grati orrori - 2:29
  43. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 8: N.22 Aria: S’io dir potessi al mio crudele - 5:11
  44. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 9: Recitativo: Del gran sasso - 1:09
  45. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 9: N.23 Aria: Le profonde vie dell’onde - 2:10
  46. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 10: Recitativo: (Odo gente…) - 2:05
  47. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 10: N.24 Aria: Deh! non dir, che molle amante - 3:26
  48. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 11: Recitativo: Già d’ogni intorno silenzio regna - 1:11
  49. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 12: Recitativo: Odo il suono dell’onda - 0:56
  50. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 2, Scene 12: N.25 Duetto: Notte cara! - 4:25
  51. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 1: N.26 Aria: Dove sei, dolce mia vita? - 4:13
  52. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 1: Recitativo: Già t’invola, tiranno - 1:54
  53. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 1: N.27 Aria: Trema, tiranno - 2:33
  54. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 1: N.28 Accompagnato: lo son tradito - 1:27
  55. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 2: N.29 Aria: Tanti affanni ho nel mio core - 5:45
  56. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 2: Recitativo: Empi, al vostro attentato il ciel resiste - 0:52
  57. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 3: N.30 Aria: D’innalzar i flutti al ciel - 3:50
  58. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 4: Recitativo: Perché in vita tornai? - 1:06
  59. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 5: Recitativo: Temerario pirata - 0:55
  60. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 6: Recitativo: Sì; mi traete, alme malvagie, a morte - 0:49
  61. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 6: N.31 Aria: Benché mi sia crudele - 3:58
  62. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 6: Recitativo: Deh! ti trattiene, o bella - 1:48
  63. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 6: N.32 Aria: No, non temere, o bella - 3:27
  64. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 6: Recitativo: Pur cangiasti alla fin, fato spietato - 0:37
  65. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 6: N.33 Aria: Gode l’alma consolata - 4:27
  66. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 7: Recitativo: Uno de’ servi miei - 1:45
  67. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 7: N.34 Aria: Nel suo sangue, e nel tuo pianto - 2:33
  68. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 8: Recitativo: Matilda, arresta il piede - 2:09
  69. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Last Scene: Recitativo: Frena, crudel, la disperata destra - 0:43
  70. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Last Scene: N.35 Duetto: A’ teneri affetti il cor s’abbandoni - 3:42
  71. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Last Scene: Recitativo: Ma qual caso, qual dio, ti tolse al rapitor? - 1:24
  72. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Last Scene: N.36 Coro: Faccia ritorno l’antica pace - 1:33
  73. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 5: N.6.2 Aria: Cervo altier - 4:21
  74. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 1, Scene 5: N.7b Aria: Io sperai trovar riposo - 5:38
  75. Ottone, HWV 15, Act 3, Scene 2: N.29b Aria: Un disprezzato affetto - 4:51


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