Max Emanuel Cencic / Il Pomo d'Oro / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer

Handel: Ottone

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After a long period of neglect, Handel's 1719 opera Ottone has attracted renewed attention from historical-performance groups. The opera deals with episodes from the life of Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor in the 10th century, a topic so obscure that even for an 18th century audience an "argument" had to be attached to the libretto by way of background information. The opera was highly successful in Handel's own time, perhaps less for its musical value than for the always fun news stories about the stars in Handel's orbit; this time the feature was soprano Francesca Cuzzoni, who refused to sing the aria "Falsa imagine" until Handel threatened to throw her out a window. Cuzzoni's character Teofane is sung by soprano Lauren Snouffer, whose rather silvery tone makes a nice contrast with the lush Ann Hallenberg as Gismonda and countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic in the title role, originally sung by the mighty countertenor Senesino. That's what you want in this work, where the procession of similarly shaped arias could get tiresome without singers who help you imagine how the singers originally sounded. The orchestral accompaniment by the Swiss-based group Il Pomo d'Oro, which specializes in little-known Baroque opera, is a plus: lively, even edgy, and well coordinated with the singers. Recommended for Handel fans.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Ottone, Re Di Germania, HWV 15
1 03:20 Amazon
2 01:20 Amazon
3 02:55 Amazon
4 02:21 Amazon
5 02:59 Amazon
6 01:26 Amazon
7 04:21 Amazon
8 01:09 Amazon
9 06:35 Amazon
10 02:32 Amazon
11 01:30 Amazon
12 04:03 Amazon
13 02:48 Amazon
14 04:14 Amazon
15 00:35 Amazon
16 06:04 Amazon
17 01:57 Amazon
18 03:23 Amazon
19 01:00 Amazon
20 01:10 Amazon
21 00:38 Amazon
22 07:14 Amazon
23 00:10 Amazon
24 00:52 Amazon
25 02:15 Amazon
26 00:47 Amazon
27 03:18 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Ottone, Re Di Germania, HWV 15
1 00:29 Amazon
2 01:37 Amazon
3 03:23 Amazon
4 01:56 Amazon
5 05:07 Amazon
6 01:05 Amazon
7 06:55 Amazon
8 05:10 Amazon
9 02:44 Amazon
10 03:36 Amazon
11 01:24 Amazon
12 03:12 Amazon
13 00:32 Amazon
14 05:17 Amazon
15 02:29 Amazon
16 05:10 Amazon
17 01:09 Amazon
18 02:10 Amazon
19 02:04 Amazon
20 03:25 Amazon
21 01:11 Amazon
22 00:55 Amazon
23 04:25 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Ottone, Re Di Germania, HWV 15
1 04:12 Amazon
2 01:53 Amazon
3 02:33 Amazon
4 01:27 Amazon
5 05:45 Amazon
6 00:52 Amazon
7 03:49 Amazon
8 01:06 Amazon
9 00:54 Amazon
10 00:48 Amazon
11 03:58 Amazon
12 01:48 Amazon
13 03:26 Amazon
14 00:37 Amazon
15 04:26 Amazon
16 01:45 Amazon
17 02:32 Amazon
18 02:09 Amazon
19 00:43 Amazon
20 03:41 Amazon
21 01:24 Amazon
22 01:33 Amazon
23 04:20 Amazon
24 05:38 Amazon
25 04:50 Amazon
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