Handel: Catone

Glossa: GCD923511

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Handel: Catone

Label:

Glossa

Catalogue No:

GCD923511

Discs:

2

Release date:

17th Feb 2017

Barcode:

8424562235113

Length:

2 hours 4 minutes

Medium:

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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

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Sinfonia

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Tutto ha sconvolto

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Con sì bel nome in fronte

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: M'ami Arbace?

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Non ti minaccio sdegno

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Che giurai! Che promisi!

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Un raggio di speme

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Senz'armi e solo

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Pensa di chi sei figlia

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Tu taci Emilia?

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Non paventa del mar le procelle

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Sposo amato

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Priva del caro sposo

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Pur ti riveggio, o Marzia

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Vaghe labbra voi fingete

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Ah, troppo dissi! E quasi tutto Emilia

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: È follia se nascondete

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Il senato a Catone

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Mi conosci e sai chi sono?

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Dunque il servirti

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Vaghe luci, luci belle

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: A tanto eccesso giunse Catone?

Catone, HWV A7, Act I: Agitato da più venti

Catone, HWV A7, Act II

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Si vuole ad onta mia

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: So che nascondi

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Signor, so che a momenti

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Dovea svenarti all'ora

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Sarete paghi alfin

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Fra tanti pensieri

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Ah Cesare che fai?

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Confusa, smarrita spiegarti vorrei

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: M'inganno, o pur Cesare è questi?

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Quando piomba improvvisa saetta

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Del rivale all'aita

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: È ver che all'amo intorno

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: È giunto il tempo

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Vede il nocchier la sponda

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Lascia che un'alma grata

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Vede il nocchier la sponda (Reprise)

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Vinceste inique stelle

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Per darvi alcun pegno

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Sinfonia (Marcia)

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Del vincitore è il moderar se stesso

Catone, HWV A7, Act II: Vo solcando un mar crudele

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May 2017

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