Handel: Alcina & Tamerlano

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Handel: Alcina & Tamerlano


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Handel: Alcina & Tamerlano



Sandrine Piau (Alcina), Maite Beaumont (Ruggiero), Angelique Noldus (Bradamante), Sabina Puertolas (Morgana), Chloe Briot (Oberto), Daniel Behle (Oronte), Giovanni Furlanetto (Melisso), Edouard Higuet (Astolfo)


Sophie Karthäuser (Asteria), Ann Hallenberg (Irene), Delphine Galou (Andronico), Christophe Dumaux (Tamerlano), Jeremy Ovenden (Bajazet), Nathan Berg (Leone), Caroline D'Haese (Zaida)

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This Handelian diptych, the brainchild of the director Pierre Audi, was conceived in a style of great purity, right down to the costumes, the décors and the sumptuous chiaroscuro lighting. In order to replicate this aesthetic, reminiscent of Renaissance paintings, with the greatest possible fidelity, the performances, filmed in high resolution, are released on Blu-ray only.

Christophe Rousset and his orchestra convey exceptional fervour in this music, here served by the finest Handelian voices imaginable, foremost among them Sandrine Piau, who enjoyed a genuine triumph in the stage production. Nor can one forget the dramatic performance of Jeremy Ovenden in Tamerlano, or the beauty of the voices of Ann Hallenberg, Sophie Karthäuser, Delphine Galou and the countertenor Christophe Dumaux.

Total timing: 378’ 58

BD50, 16/9, stereo 5.1

Subtitles: Fr, Eng, Ger, Nl

Gramophone Magazine

January 2017

“Audi’s post-Baroque stagings are often astutely deliberate in pacing and action, and are designed simply but artfully ...Rousset copiously sprinkles magical fairy dust in a fantastic performance of the music. From the first bow-stroke of the Overture, Les Talens Lyriques play with exceptional mastery of textures, moods and styles...This is essential viewing for those who take Handel as a dramatist seriously.”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2017


“The Alcina cast is led by Sandrine Piau’s involving enchantress, who keeps Maite Beaumont’s outstanding Ruggiero in thrall…[Tamerlano is] beautifully sung by Christophe Dumaux…Karthäuser is spirited as the deposed Sultan’s daughter Asteria, with Delphine Galou lyrical and convincingly male as Andronico…Rousset draws vigorous playing from Les Talens Lyriques, whose tonal richness matches their virtuosity”

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