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Act 3 offers a last fling for the wicked ones in a superb duet 'Al trionfo del nostro furore' [listen -- CD3 track 9, 0:00-1:28]. Bluster as they will, there is no chance that their cause can prevail, and the opera ends with the happiest of choral reconciliations between Christians and pagans [listen -- CD3 track 18, 0:00-1:25]. There is little point in pretending that Rinaldo makes much dramatic sense or is any sort of commentary on the First Crusade, and it is frustrating that some of the more sensational effects occur in secco recitative. But as an anthology of what Handel could offer to the connoisseurs of London the day after his twenty-sixth birthday, it is brim-ful of musical delights. Singers and orchestra give a performance of vitality and appropriate style under the watchful direction of René Jacobs.

Copyright © 18 June 2003 Robert Anderson, Egypt


Handel: Rinaldo

HMC 901796.98 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE (3 CDs) 67'28"/74'56"/50'35" - TT 193' 2003 harmonia mundi

Vivica Genaux, soprano (Rinaldo); Miah Persson, soprano (Almirena); Inga Kalna, soprano (Armida); Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor (Goffredo); James Rutherford, baritone (Argante); Christophe Dumaux, countertenor (Eustazio); Dominique Visse, countertenor (Mago cristiano); Freiburger Barockorchester; René Jacobs, director

Georg Friedrich Haendel: Rinaldo - Opera seria in three acts (1711)



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