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Handel - Giustino / Chance · Röschmann · Kotoski · Gondek · Lane · Minter · Padmore · Ely · McGegan
George Frideric Handel, Nicholas McGegan, Michael Chance
Handel - Giustino / Chance · Röschmann · Kotoski · Gondek · Lane · Minter · Padmore · Ely · McGegan
Genre: Classical
 
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  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (26) - Disc #3


     
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Not a moment of disappointment!
03/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was the opera that opened my ears to Handel. Built on an entertaining, although slightly disjointed plot, and full of wonderful melodies, this opera kept me spellbound for almost three hours, my eyes following the libretto. The recording was made following live performances at the Handel Festival in Gottingen; and the stage experiences obviously added to the depth of the performers' characterization of the music. The cast if outstanding. Michael Chance's singing as Giustino is expressive and consistent. Dorothea Roschmann as Arianna confirms her fame as one of the fastest-ascending soprano stars in baroque opera. Drew Minter makes an appropriately sly Amanzio. Mark Padmore shows off his dramatic skills and a gorgeous silky tenor voice in the role of the hot-tempered Vitaliano. The rest of the cast deserve as much praise. I would say that this is one of Handel's best operas, and definitely presented here at the level that will be hard to beat. Chance and Padmore both also appeared, among others, in a wonderful recording of Handel's oratorio Esther, under Christophers."
A neglected Handelian operatic masterwork
George Peabody | 09/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Giustino is not one of Handel's well-known operas (if such a thing exists) and the quality of the whole conveyed by this exemplary recording from Nicholas McGeegan makes me wonder why. It is dramatically coherent and structurally sound. Perhaps the fairy tale-like elements detract from the seriousness of this opera seria. I am a true admirer of McGeegan's interpretations of Handelian opera and I think this is one of his finest recordings of the ouvre. The one thing I do not particularly care for in this recording is the casting of Dawn Kotoski as the soprano male role of Anastasio. While Ms. Kotoski is undoubtedly a fine soprano, I find her a bit overpowering at times, especially considering the role of Anastasio was originally characterized by a soprano castrato (yes it's true, I've done my research). You'll notice, however, that my one complaint has not caused me to give this recording a less-than-outstanding review--I still give it five stars. This recording was the first Handelian opera I listened to in full and it prepared me for many more of his fine works. It has my top recommendation and I am sure any lover of Handel's music will enjoy it, no matter how many of Handel's operas he has listened to."
La rueda de la fortuna y Handel
Homero | Santiago, Region Metropolitana Chile | 02/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Giustino es probablemente una de las más bellas óperas que he escuchado en mi vida. Michael Chance genera un ambiente de pastoril dulzura para luego mostrarse como el guerrero que a traves del mensaje de la rueda de la fortuna salvará a Bizancio. Las arias son de una belleza extraordinaria y el dueto del 2| acto sublime. Si usted ama a Handel no debería dejar de escuchar esta maravillosa versión"