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    'Just popping in to post this again... almost impossible to move away from something so captivatingly beautiful!


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    Quote Originally Posted by JosefinaHW View Post
    'Just popping in to post this again... almost impossible to move away from something so captivatingly beautiful!

    Yes! very Nice!

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    Vezzi, lusinghe e brio - Ginevre (Juliana Gondek)
    Ariodante
    Nicholas McGegan: Freiburger Barockorchester
    Harmonia Mundi: HMU 907146.48

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    My favorite Handel opera is "Alcina" (then maybe Serse, Orlando...). I probably most like the Arleen Auger/ Della Jones "Alcina" recording, with Richard Hickox conducting (on modern instruments), for the wonderful soprano singing; although the Alan Curtis Archiv recording is excellent too, & well worth hearing among period performances (I haven't heard William Christie's Alcina).

    https://www.amazon.com/Handel-Alcina...a+auger+hickox
    https://www.amazon.com/Alcina-CD-Geo...+operas+curtis

    https://www.amazon.com/Handel-Malafr...s=Handel+serse

    https://www.amazon.com/Handel-Orland...Handel+orlando
    https://www.amazon.com/Handel-Orland...EKTJ92SWAGM5Q3
    https://www.amazon.com/Orlando-BARDO...ristie+orlando

    There are others too, most of which have already been mentioned. I'd advise you to look for the big 'discount' box sets from conductors like Alan Curtis, William Christie, Marc Minkowski (& possibly Nicholas McGegan, and Rene Jacobs): such as this 9 CD Universal 'Eloquence' box set (in superb AMSI remasters) of Marc Minkowski's Archiv recordings, which is both recommendable & makes a good bargain (as it includes Ariodante, Hercules, & Giulio Cesare):

    https://www.amazon.de/Giulio-Cesare-...i+handel+otter

    I also find some of the earlier, more 'off the beaten track' Handel operas to be especially captivating--such as "Amadigi di Gaula" (& prefer the lively Eduardo López Banzo period recording, see link below; although Minkowski's Amadigi is terrific as well), and the underrated 5 act "Teseo" (Minkowski); along with Tolomeo (Curtis), Lotario (Curtis or Goodwin), Rodrigo (Curtis or Banzo), and Berenice (Curtis), etc. etc.

    https://www.amazon.com/Handel-Amadig...adigi+di+gaula

    https://www.amazon.com/Handel-Trionf...eseo+minkowski

    https://www.amazon.com/Handel-Tolome...tolomeo+curtis

    Of interest, many years ago, a dear, late composer friend of mine (a former student of Holmboe) told me that he considered Handel's "Tamerlano" to be the greatest opera ever composed! At the time only the Gardiner Erato recording was available. & I'm not sure whether any of the more recent recordings from Trevor Pinnock (DVD & CD), George Petrou, or Riccardo Minasi have surpassed Gardiner's account or not (?).

    Among recent Handel (alto) sopranos, Ann Hallenberg is especially worth hearing, as she's remarkable (& has recorded many Handel roles, with Alan Curtis, and others):

    https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Handel...+operas+curtis
    https://www.amazon.com/Handel-Ezio-G...NEBFQK9CSHSWV3

    I also enjoy soprano Roberta Invernizzi in Handel, too.

    https://www.amazon.com/Queens-Robert...6RH36YAX9W5VMX
    https://www.amazon.com/Handel-Catone...el+opera+naxos (Catone is a pastiche of what Handel considered to be the finest arias by his contemporaries--Leonardo Leo, Porpora, Hasse, Vivaldi, reworked & all placed within a storyline.)

    Invernizzi is also excellent in this oratorio (& in Fabio Bonizzoni's Handel series on the Glossa label): https://www.amazon.com/Haydn-ritorno...ann+hallenberg

    Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taplow View Post


    Vezzi, lusinghe e brio - Ginevre (Juliana Gondek)
    Ariodante
    Nicholas McGegan: Freiburger Barockorchester
    Harmonia Mundi: HMU 907146.48
    Very nice except for that constant vibrato from Gondek.

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    Gerald Finley, Rinaldo, Vieni, o Cara, a consolarmi

    Just don't look at the screen.

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    Handel - Rodelinda - Mio caro bene! - Joan Sutherland (Amsterdam, 1973)
    I was in the audience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post


    Handel - Rodelinda - Mio caro bene! - Joan Sutherland (Amsterdam, 1973)
    I was in the audience.
    double like like!

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    Rogerx the opera in post 26 is also the one were Natalie gets a bit "undressed" (of course you knew that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldiat View Post
    Around 0:32 look at her biceps. She must either pump a little iron or do push ups, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Around 0:32 look at her biceps. She must either pump a little iron or do push ups, eh?
    now in one scene one should check out her pectoral muscles

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