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

Handel: Ottone

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AllMusic Review by James Manheim

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 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 03:20 Amazon
2 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 01:20 Amazon
3 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg 02:55 Amazon
4 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg / Xavier Sabata 02:21 Amazon
5 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg 02:59 Amazon
6 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata 01:26 Amazon
7 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata 04:21 Amazon
8 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 01:09 Amazon
9 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 06:35 Amazon
10 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 02:32 Amazon
11 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 01:30 Amazon
12 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 04:03 Amazon
13 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Anna Starushkevych 02:48 Amazon
14 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 04:14 Amazon
15 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Anna Starushkevych 00:35 Amazon
16 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Anna Starushkevych 06:04 Amazon
17 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg 01:57 Amazon
18 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg 03:23 Amazon
19 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata 01:00 Amazon
20 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg / Xavier Sabata 01:10 Amazon
21 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 00:38 Amazon
22 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 07:14 Amazon
23 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 00:10 Amazon
24 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata 00:52 Amazon
25 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata 02:15 Amazon
26 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 00:47 Amazon
27 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 03:18 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Ottone, Re Di Germania, HWV 15
1 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 00:29 Amazon
2 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata / Anna Starushkevych 01:37 Amazon
3 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata 03:23 Amazon
4 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Anna Starushkevych 01:56 Amazon
5 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Anna Starushkevych 05:07 Amazon
6 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg 01:05 Amazon
7 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg 06:55 Amazon
8 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 05:10 Amazon
9 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Anna Starushkevych 02:44 Amazon
10 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Anna Starushkevych 03:36 Amazon
11 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 01:24 Amazon
12 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 03:12 Amazon
13 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 00:32 Amazon
14 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 05:17 Amazon
15 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 02:29 Amazon
16 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 05:10 Amazon
17 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata 01:09 Amazon
18 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 02:10 Amazon
19 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata / Anna Starushkevych 02:04 Amazon
20 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 03:25 Amazon
21 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata 01:11 Amazon
22 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg / Anna Starushkevych 00:55 Amazon
23 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg / Anna Starushkevych 04:25 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Ottone, Re Di Germania, HWV 15
1 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 04:12 Amazon
2 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg 01:53 Amazon
3 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg 02:33 Amazon
4 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 01:27 Amazon
5 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 05:45 Amazon
6 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 00:52 Amazon
7 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata 03:49 Amazon
8 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 01:06 Amazon
9 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Xavier Sabata 00:54 Amazon
10 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 00:48 Amazon
11 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 03:58 Amazon
12 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 01:48 Amazon
13 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 03:26 Amazon
14 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 00:37 Amazon
15 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 04:26 Amazon
16 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg / Anna Starushkevych 01:45 Amazon
17 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Anna Starushkevych 02:32 Amazon
18 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg / Xavier Sabata / Anna Starushkevych 02:09 Amazon
19 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 00:43 Amazon
20 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 03:41 Amazon
21 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg / Xavier Sabata / Anna Starushkevych 01:24 Amazon
22 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro feat: Ann Hallenberg / Xavier Sabata / Anna Starushkevych 01:33 Amazon
23 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 04:20 Amazon
24 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 05:38 Amazon
25 Max Emanuel Cencic / Pavel Kudinov / George Petrou / Lauren Snouffer / Il Pomo d'Oro 04:50 Amazon
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