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Home » Composers » German Composers » GF Handel » Handel Operas » Giustino

Giustino (1737)

By George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel)

Score

Handel, Giustino - Chrysander (HG) score (pdf)

Recordings

Handel. Giustino. (HWV 37, London 1737). Harmonia Mundi HMU 907130/32 (3 CDs 1995). Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester. Giustino: Michael Chance, countertenor; Arianna: Dorothea Röschmann, soprano; Anastasio: Dawn Kotoski, soprano; Fortuna: Juliana Gondek, soprano; Polidarte & Voce di Dentro: Dean Ely, bass; Leocasta: Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano; Vitaliano: Mark Padmore, tenor; Amanzio: Drew Minter, countertenor. Listenable only if you skip Röschmann's arias, with heavy vibrato and "I think I can" cadenzas that eventually reach her highest sustainable notes. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Related Operas

Legrenzi. Giustino (Venice 1683). Libretto by Nicoló Beregan.

Albinoni. Giustino (Bologna 1711). Beregan libretto reworked by Pietro Pariati.

Vivaldi. Giustino. (RV 717, Rome 1724). Set on Pariati's text by Vivaldi. This was the version of the libretto used by Handel. Bongiovanni GB 2307/10-2 (4 CDs 2002). Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort. Giustino: Gianluca Belfiori Doro, countertenor; Leocasta: Linda Campanella, soprano; Arianna: Silvia Bossa, soprano; Anastasio: Manuela Custer, mezzo-soprano; Vitaliano: Leonardo de Lisi, tenor; Andronico: Christiana Emoli, mezzo-soprano; Amanzio: Cristiana Presutti, soprano; Polidarte: Vincenzo Di Donato, tenor; La Fortuna: Francesca Tancredi, soprano. Includes every note that Vivaldi wrote, even passages that he deleted, and has quite slow speeds, especially for the recitatives. Stanley Sadie, Gramophone, 9/02. I would add that despite the leisurely pace, it is not an unpleasant recording. The words in the recitatives are easy to hear at the slow speed. Many of the arias are self-borrowings from other works and will be familiar from other recordings. There is an aria with obbligato salterio (hammered dulcimer) played by Marco Muzzati. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

References

Winton Dean. Handel's Operas, 1726-1741 (Boydell Press 2006).

R. Strohm, "Handel and his Italian opera texts." Essays on Handel and the Italian Opera. (Oxford University Press 1985).

Nigel Fortune (ed.) Music and Theatre: Essays in honour of Winton Dean. Cambridge University Press, 1987. 389 pages. Contents include: Vivaldi and Handel's settings of Giustino, by Reinhard Strohm. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Links

Le magazine de l'opera-baroque page on Giustino


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