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Tragic Power

Handel's
'Tamerlano' -
reviewed by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'The simplicity of the production is welcome ...'

Handel: 'Tamerlano'. © 2009 Opus Arte

World-conquerors are an unmitigated nuisance, whether they be Tamburlaine, Napoleon or Hitler. Even if it seems a bit unfair, in the inevitable absence of a castrato, to cast the marauding Mongol as a woman (here Monica Bacelli), I am all for making him a figure of fun, adorning him in voluminous robes of white, green, mauve, and black with towering white wig, planting what I assume is his enlarged foot atop a gigantic globe, and giving him a first entrance enlivened by extravagant dance steps. Little elephants parade occasionally above the back wall, and a huge one carries the much wronged form of Jennifer Holloway as his wife, newly arrived from India.

Handel celebrated the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his death with a DVD containing music of tragic power. It is a dark-hued score, even if many of the ingredients concern love misunderstood or spurned....

Copyright © 28 January 2010 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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DVD INFORMATION: HANDEL: TAMERLANO

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

TAMERLANO

PLACIDO DOMINGO

GRAHAM VICK

OPUS ARTE

MADRID

SPAIN

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