Handel: Catone

Glossa: GCD923511

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Handel: Catone



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17th Feb 2017




2 hours 4 minutes


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Handel: Catone

Sonia Prina (Catone), Lucia Cirillo (Marzia), Riccardo Novaro (Cesare), Kristina Hammerström (Arbace), Roberta Invernizzi (Emilia)

Auser Musici, Carlo Ipata

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By bringing 'Catone' to disc Carlo Ipata celebrates the pasticcio, in particular those curated by George Frideric Handel, as is the case with this new Glossa release. In a co-production with the Fondazione Teatro di Pisa and the Händel Festspiele Halle, Ipata brings a further slant on Handel’s operatic career in London. Despite being busy with running the second Royal Academy of Music and writing his own operas, the composer was striving to present London audiences with selections from Italian operas by other composers, at the same time as giving his star singers the opportunity to show off early in the opera company’s season. One result was 'Catone' in 1732, with music by Leo, Hasse, Vivaldi, Vinci and Porpora as well as by Handel himself; company members included Senesino, Anna Maria Strada del Pò and Antonio Montagnana.

For this Händel Festspiele Halle performance Carlo Ipata has brought together a modern-day starry cast: Sonia Prina, Roberta Invernizzi, Riccardo Novaro, Kristina Hammarstrom and Lucia Cirillo - to sing the tale of the noble Roman Republican senator finding himself on the losing side of battles with Julius Caesar and with his daughter being in love with the conquering general. Angela Romagnoli provides a resounding defence of the Handelian pasticcio in her booklet essay.

The pasticcio’s plot functions admirably, the arias are stunning, both individually and collectively: the recording is a feast of sparkling, crowd-pleasing virtuosity.

George Frideric Handel: Catone, HWV A7, Act I

Act I: Sinfonia

Act I: Recitative: Tutto ha sconvolto

Act I: Aria: Con sì bel nome in fronte

Act I: Recitative: M'ami Arbace?

Act I: Aria: Non ti minaccio sdegno

Act I: Recitative: Che giurai! Che promisi!

Act I: Aria: Un raggio di speme

Act I: Recitative: Senz'armi e solo

Act I: Aria: Pensa di chi sei figlia

Act I: Recitative: Tu taci Emilia?

Act I: Aria: Non paventa del mar le procelle

Act I: Recitative: Sposo amato

Act I: Aria: Priva del caro sposo

Act I: Recitative: Pur ti riveggio, o Marzia

Act I: Aria: Vaghe labbra voi fingete

Act I: Recitative: Ah, troppo dissi! E quasi tutto Emilia

Act I: Aria: È follia se nascondete

Act I: Recitative: Il senato a Catone

Act I: Aria: Mi conosci e sai chi sono?

Act I: Recitative: Dunque il servirti

Act I: Aria: Vaghe luci, luci belle

Act I: Recitative: A tanto eccesso giunse Catone?

Act I: Aria: Agitato da più venti

Catone, HWV A7, Act II

Act II: Recitative: Si vuole ad onta mia

Act II: Aria: So che nascondi

Act II: Recitative: Signor, so che a momenti

Act II: Aria: Dovea svenarti all'ora

Act II: Recitative: Sarete paghi al fin

Act II: Aria: Fra tanti pensieri

Act II: Recitative: Ah Cesare che fai?

Act II: Aria: Confusa, smarrita spiegarti vorrei

Act II: Recitative: M'inganno, o pur Cesare è questi?

Act II: Aria: Quando piomba improvvisa saetta

Act II: Recitative: Del rivale all'aita

Act II: Aria: È ver che all'amo intorno

Act II: Recitative: È giunto il tempo

Act II: Aria: Vede il nocchier la sponda

Act II: Recitative: Lascia che un'alma grata

Act II: Aria: Vede il nocchier la sponda

Act II: Recitative: Vinceste inique stelle

Act II: Aria: Per darvi alcun pegno

Act II: Sinfonia (Marcia)

Act II: Recitative: Del vincitore è il moderar se stesso

Act II: Aria: Vo solcando un mar crudele

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