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Home » Composers » German Composers » GF Handel » Handel Operas » Siroe

Siroe, Rè di Persia

By George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel)

Recordings

Handel. Siroe, Rè di Persia. (HWV 24, London 1728). Accent ACC 26401 (3 CDs, May 2014). Lawrence Cummings, FestspielOrchester Göttingen. Siroe: Yosemeh Adjei, countertenor; Emira: Anna Dennis, soprano; Laodice: Aleksandra Zamojska, soprano; Medarse: Antonio Giovannini, countertenor; Cosroe: Lisandro Abadie, baritone; Arasse: Ross Ramgobin, bass. I found fault with much of the singing on Spering's abridged and reorchestrated recording, but at least the cast included Ann Hallenberg. In contrast, this new recording -- still incomplete -- has nothing to recommend it. Pressing the Skip button simply takes you from one imcompetent performance to another. Even if the singing were better, this would still be an unacceptable recording because of the annoying stage noise from the goofy, modern staging that is depicted in numerous color photos in the brochure and folding box. It's amazing how proud the pipsqueak purveyors these staging atrocities are of their silly but expensive, copycat productions. From a detailed and quite accurate review by C. Wake on Amazon.co.uk: "I am severe on these singers, I know; and I have this much sympathy for them, that they have to sing this extreme music while running around the stage in their underwear, covered in fake blood, taking showers, simulating sex acts, and making breakfast – or whatever else the stage director has dreamt up. They needed courage and stamina – but they also needed a level of vocal technique which they do not have and show no signs of achieving. They struggle through Handel like the storm-tossed mariners he often makes them sing about. Not one of them gives any pleasure to the listener." (The laudatory review in Early Music Review shows how far Handel opera reviews in EMR have slipped since the death of Anthony Hicks.) Stick with Spering, which in addition to being a superior performance includes a Senesino aria cut by Cummings. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Handel. Siroe, Rè di Persia. (HWV 24, London 1728). Harmonia Mundi HMC 901826/27 (2 CDs, February 2004). Abridged version. Review by NewOlde.com | Review by Philippe Gelinaud. Andreas Spering, Cappella Coloniensis. Siroe: Ann Hallenberg, contralto; Emira: Johanna Stojkovic, soprano; Laodice: Sunhae Im, soprano; Medarse: Gunther Schmid, countertenor; Cosroe: Sebastian Noack, baritone; Arasse: Timm de Jong, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Handel. Siroe, Rè di Persia. (HWV 24, London 1728). Virgin (forthcoming?). Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. This was mentioned on a website several years ago, but the reference has since disappeared.

Related Operas

Domenico Sarri. Siroe (Naples 1727). This version of the text, used by Handel, was personally influenced by Metastasio. Other composers who set the libretto in 1726-27 were Vinci, Porta, Porpora, and Vivaldi.

Hasse. Il Siroe (Bologna 1733). Ensemble Serse. Cosroe: Julian Forbes, tenor; Siroe: Katherine Marriott, mezzo-soprano; Emira: Katherine Cooper, contralto; Medarse: Calvin Wells, sopranist; Laodice: Catrine Kirkman, soprano; Arasse: Andrew Pickett, countertenor. Saturday, 27 September 2008, 7 pm, St. Giles Church, Denmark St., London. Details.

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).

Links

Le magazine de l'opera-baroque page on Siroe


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