March 27, 2013
Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco present a new Handel opera recording
As ever, Curtis, conducting Il Complesso Barocco – from which, as the Financial Times said, he “draws playing of infinite flexibility and unforced style” – is surrounded by singers of acknowledged prowess in the Baroque repertoire. Giove (disguised as a shepherd) is sung by the young tenor Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, while Iside and Calisto, the objects of his desire, are portrayed by familiar members of Curtis’ operatic company: mezzo soprano Ann Hallenberg (who appears in Curtis’ recordings of both Handel and Gluck’s versions of Ezio) and the soprano Karina Gauvin (Ginevra in Ariodante). Bass Vito Priante – singing Erasto, the shepherd who turns out to be the King of Egypt – also appeared in Gluck’s Ezio, which in 2012 was named Operatic Recording of the Year (17th/18th Century) at Germany’s prestigious Echo Klassik Awards.
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