Natalie Dessay Da Tempeste Il Legno Infranto Italian

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Dessay, Natalie

Baroque

3CD + DVD
6 Nov 2015

Barcode: 0825646051854

Baroque repertoire has always played a part in Natalie Dessay’s stellar career. She first started singing it in 1999, after meeting Emmanuelle Haïm during rehearsals for Alcina at the Opera de Paris - Palais Garnier. Erato presents this double CD containing a full portrait of Natalie Dessay singing baroque music, including sacred repertoire (Bach cantatas, Magnificat, Handel: Dixit Dominus) and opera (Handel: Giulio Cesare or Rameau: Les Indes Galantes) – mainly under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm who she formed a baroque ‘double-act’ with for over a decade. As Emmanuelle Haïm writes in the booklet: “We performed Bach, Monteverdi, Handel and Rameau on stage as well as on recordings. Natalie is a wonderful interpreter of this music, as she always is, graceful and with a unique inspiration”. The bonus DVD is an ‘unexpected scene’ filmed by Esti at Palais Garnier in 2008. Natalie Dessay sings and dances the aria of Alcina “credete al mio dolor” with French star ballerina Marie Agnès Gillot, who also choreographed it. Emmanuelle Haïm conducts the Concert d’Astrée.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Bach: Cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51: No. 1, Aria "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" (Soprano)  - Natalie Dessay 
02 Bach: Cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51: No. 2, Recitative "Wir beten zu dem Tempel an" (Soprano)  - Natalie Dessay 
03 Bach: Cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51: No. 3, Aria "Höchster, mache deine Güte" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm/Natalie Dessay/Le Concert d`Astrée 
04 Bach: Cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51: No. 4, Chorale, "Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren" - No. 5, Finale, "Alleluja!" (Soprano)  - Natalie Dessay 
05 Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi: Lamento della ninfa,SV 163  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
06 Bach, JS: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: "Suscepit Israel" (Sopranos I & II, countertenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
07 Handel: Cantata "Il delirio amoroso", HWV 99: No. 1, Aria, "Un pensiero voli in ciel" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
08 Handel: Cantata "Il delirio amoroso", HWV 99: No. 2, Aria, "Per te lasciai la luce" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
09 Handel: Cantata XX - Ahi, nelle sorte umane, HWV 179: "Ahi, nelle sorte umane"  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
10 Handel: Cantata XX - Ahi, nelle sorte umane, HWV 179: "Ma le speranze vane"  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
11 Handel: Cantata "Mi palpita il cor", HWV 132b: No. 2, Aria, "Ho tanti affanni in petto" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
12 Handel: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232: "Tecum principium in die virtutis tuae" (Soprano I)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
13 Handel: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232: "De torrente in via bibet" (Sopranos I & II, chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
14 Les Indes galantes : Les Sauvages - Danse du Calumet de la Paix et duo Forêts paisibles  - Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée/Natalie Dessay/Stéphane Degout 
Disc 2 
01 Handel : Alcina : Act 1 "Tornami a vagheggiar" [Morgana]  - William Christie 
02 Handel : Alcina : Act 2 "Ama, sospira" [Morgana]  - William Christie 
03 Handel : Alcina : Act 3 "Credete al mio dolore" [Morgana]  - William Christie 
04 Il Trionfo del Tempo a del Disinganno, Oratorio in two parts HWV 46 a (1707), Part One: Aria : "Fido specchio" (Bellezza)  - Natalie Dessay/Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée 
05 Il Trionfo del Tempo a del Disinganno, Oratorio in two parts HWV 46 a (1707), Part One: Recit.: "Io che sono il Piacere" (Bellezza/Piacere)  - Natalie Dessay/Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée 
06 Il Trionfo del Tempo a del Disinganno, Oratorio in two parts HWV 46 a (1707), Part One: Aria: "Un pensiero nemico di pace" (Bellezza)  - Natalie Dessay/Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée 
07 Il Trionfo del Tempo a del Disinganno, Oratorio in two parts HWV 46 a (1707), Part Two: Aria: "Tu del ciel ministro eletto" (Bellezza)  - Natalie Dessay/Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée 
08 Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72: No. 13, Aria, "Qui l'augel da pianta in pianta" (Aci)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
09 Cleopatra - Arias from Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17: Atto secondo - Scene 2: V'adoro, pupille  - Natalie Dessay/Le Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 
10 Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act 3 Scene 3: No. 35, Aria, Piangerò la sorte mia" (Cleopatra)  - Natalie Dessay/Le Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 
11 Cleopatra - Arias from Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17: Atto terzo - Scene 7: Da tempeste il legno infranto  - Natalie Dessay/Le Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm 
Disc 3 
01 Handel: Alcina, HWV 34, Act 3: "Credete al mio dolore" (Morgana)  - Natalie Dessay 


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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc is highly attractive.

Cleopatra’s part in Giulio Cesare must be one of the toughest roles in opera literature – but also one of the most grateful. Handel seems to have been uncommonly inspired when he wrote her arias, which says a lot. He was the true professional who rarely produced anything second-rate but far more often surpassed his generally high level. This opera is certainly inspired from beginning to end and is regarded by many not only as Handel’s best opera but the best opera seria ever.

On this disc Natalie Dessay sings eight arias for Cleopatra plus some recitatives to put the arias in context. These are not all the arias Handel wrote for her. In the firstRead more act there are another two besides: Tutto può: Non disperar and Tu la mia stella. On the other hand Dessay includes two arias that Handel wrote but replaced with those normally heard today. Thus Se pietà is followed by Per dar vita, which was Handel’s first thought for that particular scene. He then reworked Per dar vita as the aria for Sesto in the last act. Troppo crudeli (tr. 13) is interesting to hear. It’s a good piece of music but Handel knew a winner when he had composed Piangerò for the third act and it is probably the best known aria in the whole opera.

Emmanuelle Haïm is one of today’s foremost experts on baroque music and together with Le Concert d’Astrée she has built up an impressive discography, which has met with universal acclaim. They play here at pitch A=415 Hz and produce a biting yet transparent sound, demonstrated on their own in a fresh and springy overture, a properly warlike Sinfonia bellica and superb French horns in the sinfonia that precedes the last scene.

The qualities of Natalie Dessay are well known by now and she is in excellent voice here. Her technical command is something to be taken for granted but still there are copious opportunities to marvel at her virtuosity. Da tempeste il legno infranto is as good an example as any.

But Handel doesn’t only require drama and flair, he also demands beauty of tone. Ms Dessay has that as well – and in abundance. Just listen to V’adoro, pupille! So ravishingly beautiful! Piangerò, the noblest of Handel’s arias and is sung here with warmth and sadness, while the fast middle section, where she expresses her wish to trouble the tyrant night and day with her ghost, is intensely vitriolic. The da capo section is stylishly embellished – as in all the arias. A masterly reading.

She is well partnered by Sonia Prina’s Cesare. The Italian contralto has made Handel something of a speciality. Her homepage lists fourteen Handel operas and among them she has sung Giulio Cesare in Lille under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm. Natalie Dessay and Sonia Prina are nicely contrasted in the final duet.

Giulio Cesare brims over with wonderful music and no opera lover – bar those who can’t stand baroque music – should be without a complete recording. There are several to choose from. But as a complement to that recording this disc is highly attractive.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Aria(s)by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

2.

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Tutto può donna vezzosaby George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

3.

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: V'adoro pupilleby George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

4.

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Venere bellaby George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

5.

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Vuo dar vitaby George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

6.

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Piangerò la sorte miaby George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

8.

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Da tempeste il legno infrantoby George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

9.

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Caro! Più amabile beltàby George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 

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