One of the finest Handel opera recordings
R. Rockwell | Brooklyn, NY USA | 10/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is hard to imagine Handel composed four of his finest operas in only a year. Tamerlano is considered one of his finest by critics. This recording of Tamerlano is so well performed and acted that even the recitives are exciting!
I tend to more respect than actully be moved by some of Handel's operas. This and the version by Gardiner are the only currently available. I have not heard his live version and I actually like him as a conductor, but I can't imagine that it could be any better than this. Everyone from the conductor to the singers make this a wonderful choice.
I think Tamrerlano belongs in all opera lovers collections along with Julius Ceasar. I higly recommend this recording."
Good, but you should know...
E. Lyons | Ann Arbor, MI | 11/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fine recording of a great opera, but I think people should know about the sound quality issue before puchasing it. The acoustic is very odd--narrow and reverberent...it is like you are listening to a very clear am radio broadcast...it sounds as if they just played the LPs and made the CD recording from that, rather than using original tapes. It definitely does NOT sound like a digitally remastered recording from 1970. I wouldn't tell anyone not to get this recording, since it is good, but you should know about this issue before you buy it, and you can't always tell from the sound samples on amazon (even when they are there...)"