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Handel: Ottone — ‘elegantly played’

Handel: Ottone — ‘elegantly played’

June 24
09:57 2017


Handel

Ottone

Il Pomo d’Oro

(Decca)

It was during rehearsals for Ottone that Handel took his star soprano, Francesca Cuzzoni, by the waist and threatened to throw her out of the window. “You are a she-devil,” he declared, “but I am Beelzebub.” After that, the music for the rarely heard Ottone seems unexpectedly mild.

Still, there are many lovely, poetic arias, well sung and elegantly played here by Il Pomo d’Oro under George Petrou.

In the title role countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic is emotionally involving, if less pure of voice than some, and Lauren Snouffer sings with exceptional grace as Teofane.



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