March 27, 2013

Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco present a new Handel opera recording

The latest recording in our series of Handel Operas is "Giove in Argo" conducted by Alan Curtis. This recording follows the incredibly successful Ariodante released in 2011, starring Joyce DiDonato and hailed by the BBC Music Magazine as ‘the Ariodante to have’.

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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