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DVD 10262 ARTASERSE (Vinci)

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(8 Ratings, 2 Reviews) Average Rating:
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Little known and worthwhile
Terry Shea (Grosse Pointe) 4/13/2013 2:02 PM
I agree that Artaserse is a delightful discovery and that this is really an excellent performance. I must add that there is a certain element of camp at work here as both male and female roles are performed by male counter tenors. Many of the costumes are over the top but all of the singers seem to take the music and drama seriously. I lament the absence of subtitles which would have added to my enjoyment and understanding. I watched with libretto from the commercial recording in hand which is awkward but necessary for comprehension of the confusing drama. All singers are excellent especially Jaroussky and Cencic. Fans of Handel operas should not hesitate to snatch up this rarity.
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A Pinnacle of the Operatic Art
Graeme Withers (Melbourne, Australia) 2/27/2013 1:02 AM
I got on to this months ago, vie YouTube, and downloaded it [alas, Act Three was split over two clips]. It is majestic. All-male cast, with five male altos, all excellent, and three considerably more than that [Jaroussky, Cencic, Fagioli]. It's available on commercial CD with English libretto [won Recording of the Month on both Gramophone and the BBC Music Magazine], but the staged performance in the Theatre Nationale de Lorraine in Nancy is what you want. Amazon UK, under "downloads", has a list of arias and performers which will be helpful if you're not a French-speaker. When I'd seen it for the first time, I told one of the Premiere gang to get out there and find it - and they did. Both sound and visuals were exceptional for YouTube, and I can't wait to see a proper version from Premiere [ordered today, 27 Feb]. If you read the Amazon reviews of the CD version, ignore the ratty comments from some about Cencic and Jaroussky sounding the same - on the stage you know exactly who's who - and those from blinkered others who liken it to a series of drag acts. It's not: it's a wonderful recreation of how baroque opera went on the stage, in a scintillating work done, to my mind, to perfection. Buy it, live with it, as the singers and orchestra so obviously did, and be thankful to all who bring it to your screens.
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