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|George Frideric Handel, Robert King, King's Consort|
Handel - Ottone / Bowman, McFadden, J. Smith, Denley, Visse, M. George, The King's Consort, King
A relaxing beautiful opera
Corrado Speranza | Perugia, Italy | 05/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like each great composer Handel produced also intimate works. Among these, Ottone fills a first-rate place because the music is enough melancholy and meditative. Infact in this opera you don't find arias "di bravura" (with long virtuosistic passages) for the protagonists. It seems that the characters are at the same level of importance, so there isn't a real hero even if the plot regards wars of Germans. Maybe this unusual aspects incited Robert King to record this masterpiece (until now he has recorded only oratorios): the result is amazing both for the orchestra (included Robert King who conducts from the harpsichord) and the singers. James Bowman is an expert singer of Handel operas and plays the role of Ottone very well. Claron mcFadden is Teofane and her sweet voice is very suitable for her part. Dominique Visse is an important singer specialized with roles of "castrati"; in this case he's Adelberto. Then there are Jennifer Smith as Gismonda, Catherine Denley as Matilda and Michael George as Emireno. The best moments of Ottone are surely: the arias "Affanni del pensier" (Act I), "Vieni o figlio" (Act II), "Tanti affanni" (Act III); the "Concerto" in the middle of Act I and the two duets "Notte cara" (Gismonda and Matilda at the end of Act II) and "A'teneri affetti" (Teofane and Ottone before the last chorus)."