Handel: Agrippina

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Handel: Agrippina



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18th Sept 2015




3 hours 36 minutes


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Handel: Agrippina

Ulrike Schneider (Agrippina), João Fernandes (Claudio), Christopher Ainslie (Ottone), Jake Arditti (Nerone), Ida Falk Winland (Poppea), Ross Ramgobin (Pallante), Owen Willetts (Narciso) & Ronaldo Steiner (Lesbo)

Festspielorchester Göttingen, Laurence Cummings

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This new 'Agrippina' from Accent Records was performed for the first time in a new critical edition from the Halle Handel Edition at the Göttingen Handel Festival in 2015. The performance was received enthusiastically by the press and public alike. Will Agrippina emerge triumphant or will her adversaries manage to cut through the jungle of political conspiracy? Handel wrote this, one of his most impressive works, in Venice in 1709, achieving, with this tale about Rome’s great female schemer, his first truly resounding success as an opera composer.

George Frideric Handel: Agrippina, HWV 6


Agrippina, HWV 6, Act I

Act I Scene 1: Nerone, amato figlio! (Argrippina, Nerone)

Act I Scene 1: Col saggio tuo consiglio (Nerone)

Act I Scene 2: Per cosi grande impresa - Scene 3: A' cenni tuoi sovrani (Agrippina, Pallante)

Act I Scene 3: La mia sorte fortunata (Pallante)

Act I Scene 4: Or che Pallante e vinto - Scene 5: Umile all tue piante … (Agrippina, Narciso)

Act I Scene 5: Volo pronto, e lieto il core (Narciso)

Act I Scene 6: Quanto fa, quanto puote - L'alma mia fra te tempeste (Agrippina)

Act I Scene 7: Qual piacere a un cor pietoso (Nerone)

Act I Scene 7: Amici, al sen vi stringo - Scene 8: Ecco chi presto - Scene 9: Voi, che dell'alta Roma (Nerone, Pallante, Agrippina)

Act I Scene 9: Il tuo figlio … (Pallante, Narciso, Agrippina, Nerone)

Act I Scene 9: Ma qual di liete trombe - Scene 10: Allegrezza, allegrezza! (Agrippina, Lesbo)

Act I Scene 10: Che sento! Crudo ciel! - Scene 11: Alla tue piante, oh Augusta - Scene 12: Augusta, amo Poppea (Pallante, Narciso, Nerone, Agrippina, Lesbo, Ottone)

Act I Scene 12: Tu be degno (Agrippina)

Act I Scene 13: L'ultima del gioir meta gradita - Lusinghiera mia speranza (Ottone)

Act I Scene 14: Vaghe perle, eletti fiori (Poppea)

Act I Scene 14: Otton, Claudio, Nerone - Scene 15: Signora, o mia signora! - Scene 16: Di lieta nuova (Poppea, Lesbo, Agrippina)

Act I Scene 17: Perche invece di Claudio - E un foco quel d'amore (Poppea)

Act I Scene 17: Poppea, tu sai che t'amo (Poppea, Agrippina)

Act I Scene 18: Ho un non so che nel cor (Agrippina)

Act I Scene 19: Cieli, quai strani casi - Fa quanto vuoi (Poppea)

Act I Scene 21: Pur ritorno a rimirarvi (Claudio)

Act I Scene 21: Ma, oh ciel, meste e confusa (Claudio, Poppea)

Act I Scene 21: Vieni, o cara (Claudio)

Act I Scene 21: Che mai faro? - Scene 22: Signor, Signor, presto fuggiamo! - E quando mai i frutti (Poppea, Lesbo, Claudio)

Act I Scene 23: O mia liberatrice - Non ho cor che per amarti (Poppea, Agrippina)

Act I Scene 24: Se Ottone m'inganno - Se giunge un dispetto (Poppea)

Agrippina, HWV 6, Act II

Act II Scene 1: Dunque noi siam traditi (Pallante, Narciso)

Act II Scene 2: Coronato il crin d'altro (Ottone)

Act II Scene 2: Roma, piu ch'il trionfo - Prelude - Scene 3: Ecco il superbo (Pallante, Narciso, Ottone, Agrippina, Poppea, Nerone)

Act II Scene 3: Di timpani e trombe (Chorus)

Act II Scene 4: Nella Britannia vinta - Cade il mondo soggiogato (Claudio)

Act II Scene 4: Signor, quanto il mio core (Agrippina, Claudio, Poppea, Nerone, Narciso, Pallante, Ottone)

Act II Scene 4: Deh tu, Agrippina, assisti! - Nulla sperar da me (Ottone, Agrippina)

Act II Scene 4: E tu Poppea, mio bene? - Tuo ben e l trono (Ottone, Poppea)

Act II Scene 4: Soccori almen, Neron! - Sotto il lauro ch'hai sul crine (Ottone, Nerone)

Act II Scene 4: Scherzo son del destino (Ottone, Narciso, Pallante, Lesbo)

Act II Scene 5: Otton, Otton, qual portentose - Voi che udite il mio lamento (Ottone)

Act II Scene 6: Bella pur nel mio diletto - Scene 7: Il tormento d'Ottone (Poppea)

Act II Scene 7: Vaghe fonti, che mormorando (Ottone)

Act II Scene 7: Ma qui che veggo, oh cieli! - Voi dormite, o luci care - Fantasmi della mente (Ottone, Poppea)

Act II Scene 6: Aria: Ti vo' giusta e non pietosa (Ottone)

Act II Scene 8: Da quali ordite trame - Ingannata una sol volta (Poppea)

Act II Scene 9: Pur ai fine ti ritrovo! - Scene 10: A non pochi perigli - Scene 11: Son qui, mia vita! (Lesbo, Poppea, Nerone)

Act II Scene 11: Col peso del tuo amor (Poppea)

Act II Scene 12: Qual bramato piacere - Quando invita la donna l'amante (Nerone)

Act II Scene 13: Pensieri voi mi tormentate - Quel ch'oprai e soggetto (Agrippina)

Act II Scene 14: Se ben nemica sorte (Pallante, Agrippina)

Act II Scene 14: Col raggio placcido (Pallante)

Act III Scene 16: Or e tempo, oh Narciso (Agrippina, Narciso)

Act II Scene 16: Sperero, poi che mel dice (Narciso)

Act II Scene 17: Per dar la pace al core - Scene 18: A vagheggiar io vengo - Scene 19: Signor, Poppea … (Agrippina, Claudio, Lesbo)

Act II Scene 19: Basta sol che ti chieda (Claudio)

Act II Scene 20: Favorevol la sorte oggi m'arride - Ogni vento ch'al porto lo spinga (Agrippina)

Agrippina, HWV 6, Act III

Act III Scene 1: Il caro Ottone - Scene 2: Ah mis Poppea! (Poppea, Ottone)

Act III Scene 2: Tacero, tacero (Ottone)

Act III Scene 3: Attendo qui Nerone - Scene 4: Anelante ti reco (Poppea, Nerone, Poppea)

Act III Scene 4: Coll'ardor del tuo bel core (Nerone)

Act III Scene 5: Amico ciel, seconda il mio disegno! - Claudio, tu mi lusinghi - Temerario, insolente! - Ora, Claudio, che dici? (Poppea, Claudio, Nerone, Ottone)

Act III Scene 8: Io di Roma il Giove sono (Claudio)

Act III Scene 10: Vedi ch'io sprezzo - Purch'io ti stringa al sen (Poppea, Ottone)

Act III Scene 10: Piega pur del mio cor - Bel piacere e godere (Poppea)

Act III Scene 11: Cotanto oso Poppea? (Agrippina, Nerone)

Act III Scene 11: Come nube che fugge dal vento (Nerone)

Act III Scene 12: Evvi donna piu empia? - Scene 13: Agrippina, Nerone, Otton, Poppea - Scene 14: Adorato mio sposo (Pallante, Narciso, Claudio, Agrippina)

Act III Scene 14: Se vuoi pace, o volto amato (Agrippina)

Act III Scene 15: Ecco la mia rivale (Agrippina, Poppea, Nerone, Ottone, Claudio)

Act III Scene 15: Lieto il Tebro increspi l'onda (Chorus)


BBC Music Magazine

December 2015

“Cummings focuses on the excitement of live production: with furious tempos, eloquent silences and spurts to the finish line, he and the band are dramatic from first measure to last. Cummings also inspires intense interpretations from his singers”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2015

“The international orchestra of leading expert practitioners play thrillingly; the overture is one of Handel's best, and it has a vivid synergy between alert strings, crisp continuo and dextrous solo oboe passages. Agrippina's 'Pensieri, voi tormentate' is played explosively by the orchestra and sung potently by Ulrike Schneider, whose characterisation of the scheming title-character is unusually acerbic…the vivid dramatic conviction of this performance reconfirms the stature of Agrippina as Handel's first great operatic masterpiece”

Early Music Today

Autumn 2016

“Ida Falk Winland’s flamboyant, feisty Poppea is the set’s main attraction.”

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