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- Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759): Ottone, HWV 15 / Overture:
- 1a) Lentement - Allegro03:21
- 2b) Gavotte01:21
- Ottone, HWV 15 / Act 1:
- 3"Pur che regni il figlio amato"02:55
- 4"Chi più lieto è di me"02:21
- 5"La speranza è giunta in porto"02:59
- 6"Vien di Romano inclita figlia"01:27
- 7"Bel labbro formato per farmi beato"04:21
- 8"È tale Otton?"01:09
- 9"Falsa imagine, m’ingannasti"06:35
- 11"Te, che assalir le nostre navi osasti"01:30
- 12"Del minacciar del vento si ride"04:03
- 13"Tutto a più liete cure"02:48
- 14"Ritorna, o dolce amore, conforta questo sen"04:15
- 15"Anch’io sperai"00:36
- 16"Di resti pui così"06:05
- 17"Tu la madre d’Otton?"01:58
- 18"Pensa ad amare"03:24
- 19"Adelaide, di cui con tanta lode; Indietro, indietro"01:01
- 20"Stenti la Bianca mano"01:10
- 21"Giunge Otton?"00:39
- 22"Affanni del pensier, un sol momento"07:14
- 24"Cedi il ferro, o la vita"00:53
- 25"Tu puoi straziarmi"02:15
- 26"È di più mio rival?"00:48
- 27"Dell’onda ai fieri moti"03:18
- Ottone, HWV 15 / Act 2:
- 29"Per breve spazio a me colui "01:38
- 30"Lascia, che nel suo viso"03:24
- 31"Ah! che più non resisto"01:57
- 32"Ah! tu non sai quant’il mio cor sospira"05:07
- 33"Ben a ragion Matilda"01:05
- 34"Veni, o figlio"06:56
- 35"Spera simi dice"05:11
- 36"Quegli, è certo il mio sposo"02:44
- 37"All’orror d’un duolo eterno il mio amore"03:36
- 38"O illustre Teofane"01:24
- 39"Alla fama, dimmi il vero"03:13
- 40"Con gelosi sospetti"00:33
- 41"Dopo l’orrore"05:18
- 42"O grati orrori"02:29
- 43"S’io dir potessi al mio crudele"05:11
- 44"Del gran sasso"01:09
- 45"Le profonde vie dell’onde"02:10
- 46"Odo gente"02:05
- 47"Deh! non dir, che molle amante"03:26
- 48"Già d’ogni interno"01:11
- 49"Odo il suono"00:56
- 50"Notte cara"04:25
- Ottone, HWV 15 / Act 3:
- 51"Dove sei? Dolce mia vita!"04:13
- 52"Già t’invola"01:54
- 53"Trema, tiranno"02:33
- 54"lo son tradito"01:27
- 55"Tanti affanni"05:45
- 56"Empi, al vostro attentato"00:52
- 57"D’inalzar i flutti"03:50
- 58"Perchè in vita tornai"01:06
- 59"Temerario pirata"00:55
- 60"Si, mi traete alme"00:49
- 61"Benchè mi sia crudele"03:58
- 62"Deh! ti trattiene"01:48
- 63"Nò, non temere, o bella!"03:27
- 64"Pur cangiasti alla fin"00:37
- 65"Gode l’alma consolata"04:27
- 66"Uno de’ servi miei"01:45
- 67"Nel suo sangue, e nel tuo pianto"02:33
- 68"Matilda, arresta si piede"02:09
- 69"Frena, crudel"00:43
- 70"A’ teneri affetti"03:42
- 71"Ma qual caso"01:24
- 72"Faccia ritorno l’antica pace"01:33
- Some arias composed for the 1726 revival:
- 73"Cervo altier"04:21
- 74"Io sperai trovar riposo"05:38
- 75"Un disprezzato affetto"04:51
Info for Handel: Ottone, HWV15
Handel’s Ottone, re di Germania is presented here in a new recording by Max Emanuel Cencic and a superb cast, under the baton of George Petrou with Il Pomo d’Oro.
Premiered in London in 1723, Ottone was one of Handel’s most successful operas during his lifetime. This rare recording breathes new life into one of the master’s greatest works.
Also featuring three “bonus” arias performed in the 1726 revival
Max Emanuel Cenčić, counter-tenor (Ottone)
Lauren Snouffer, soprano (Teofane)
Pavel Kudinov, bass baritone (Emireno)
Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano (Gismonda)
Xavier Sabata, counter-tenor (Adalberto)
Anna Starushkevych, mezzo-soprano (Matilda)
Il Pomo d’Oro
George Petrou, conductor
Il pomo d’oro
is an orchestra founded in the year 2012 with a special focus on opera, but equally committed to instrumental performance in various formations. The musicians united in this group are among the best to be found worldwide for authentic and vivid interpretation on period instruments. Together with the young chief conductor Maxim Emelyanychev they form an ensemble of outstanding quality, combining stylistic knowledge, the highest technical skills, and artistic enthusiasm. The collaboration with violinist and conductor Riccardo Minasi led to an award winning first recording (Vivaldi, Per l’Imperatore). The second recording, Vivaldi’s violin concerts Per Pisendel with Dmitry Sinkovsky as soloist and conductor, received a Diapason d’Or. In 2012, il pomo d’oro also recorded 3 solo CDs with three countertenors – Max Emanuel Cencic (Venezia), Xavier Sabata (Bad Guys) and Franco Fagioli (Arias for Caffarelli), under Riccardo Minasi’s direction. The album Arias for Caffarelli was awarded the Choc de l’annee 2013 by the French magazine ‘Classica’. A further contribution to the Naive-Vivaldi-Edition was a recording of the Concerti per due violini, played and directed by Riccardo Minasi and Dmitry Sinkovsky, released in October 2013. In conjunction with a book project about the Venetian Gondola by American writer Donna Leon, il pomo d’oro recorded a collection of ancient Venetian Barcarole, sung by Vincenzo Capezzuto. A recital of various Agrippina Arias – most of them world premieres on CD – with the Swedish mezzosoprano Ann Hallenberg, directed by Riccardo Minasi, was released in 2015. Agrippina won the International Classic Music Award and the International Opera Award. A second album with Max Emanuel Cencic, Arie Napoletane (directed by Maxim Emelyanychev, was released in November 2015. It includes many world premiere recordings of the still to be rediscovered Neapolitan repertoire. In 2016, il pomo d’oro recorded its first recital with the American mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato, In War & Peace, released in November 2016, followed by a concert tour in Europe and the US, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev. A second recital with Ann Hallenberg was recorded in the fall 2016, presenting Greatest Hits from the Venetian Carnevale 1729 – il pomo d’oro’s first recording under the direction of Stefano Montanari. The recording season 2016 closed with a first collaboration with Enrico Onofri and the young Italian soprano Francesca Aspromonte. In March 2017, il pomo d’oro, led by Zefira Valova, recorded a new recital of Handel-Arias with countertenor Franco Fagioli.
il pomo d’oro so far recorded four complete operas: Handel’s Tamerlano, Catone in Utica by Leonardo Vinci, – awarded with an Echo Klassik 2016 – Handel’s Partenope (all directed by Riccardo Minasi), and Handel’s Ottone (directed by George Petrou). Among the singers are to be heard Franco Fagioli, Max Emanuel Cencic, Xavier Sabata and Karina Gauvin.
Further instrumental recordings include Haydn’s concerts for harpsichord and violin, co-directed by Maxim Emelanychev as harpsichord-soloist and Riccardo Minasi as violin-soloist (to be released in early 2016), and a violoncello recital with Edgar Moreau with works by Haydn, Boccherini, Platti, Graziani, Vivaldi, which was released in November 2015. Both recordings won the Echo Klassik Award 2016. A new recording with violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky explores the repertoire of the Virtuosissimi of the baroque violin, such as Locatelli, Tartini, Leclair, Pisendel, and others.
Il pomo d’oro is a frequent guest in the most important concert venues in Europe and the United States, such as Théatre des Champs Elysées, Theater an der Wien, Barbican Center, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall (2017), Philharmonie Berlin (2017), Herkulessaal München, and many more.
In 2016 il pomo d’oro became ambassador of EL SISTEMA GREECE, a humanitarian project to fight the loss of home and identity by offering musical education and encourage own musical activity, to bring concerts, to create cultural transfer by exchanging musical traditions and to help integration by combining musical and language education. Il pomo d’oro plays concerts and offers workshops and music lessons according to the El Sistema method on a frequent regular basis in various refugee camps in Greece.
was born in Greece. He studied piano at the Athens Conservatoire, the Royal College and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He enjoyed a successful career as a concert pianist but gradually turned to conducting and quickly gained attention, establishing a flourishing international career. He has particular interest in music of the 18 c. but is equally at home in the classical and the romantic repertoire.
George Petrou is the artistic director of the renowned Athens based orchestra Armonia Atenea, with which he tours and records extensively, performing both on period or modern instruments.
Aside from conducting a wide range of symphonic music he has gained a reputation as an operatic conductor, with emphasis on the historically informed practices, not only in baroque music but also in later repertoire. Additionally he has developed a vivid interest in staging musical theater productions, and has recently signed several successful productions.
2016/17 seasons highlights include West side Story at the Megaron (in his own staging), Siroe by Hasse at Opera Lausanne, and Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Vivaldi's Orlando Finto Pazzo at the Korean National opera (Seoul), Gluck's Orfeo at theater St Gallen, La gazza ladra at Teatro Petruzzelli, Handel's Arminio in Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Krakow and concerts at Theater Champs-Elysées, a return at the Salzburg spring Festival and the International Handel Festival in Halle, appearances at the Festival de Beaune, Theater an der Wien, Opera Rara among others.
Εngagements for 2015-16 included Rossini’s Cenerentola at Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Cherubini's Medea at Opera de Nice, Handel's Scipione at the International Handel Festspiel, Halle (Bad Lauchstadt), Cole Porter's Kiss me Kate (in his own stage direction) at the Megaron, Athens, Rufus Wainright's Primadonna, in a symphonic/visual version at the Athens Festival, Magic Flute at the Greek National Opera, Philip Glass's In The Penal Colony at the Onassis Cultural center.
Other recent Opera engagements include Handel’s Serse at the Royal Swedish Opera, Rossini’s Semiramide in Opera de Nice, Monteverdi’s Ritorno d’ Ulisse coupled with Nono’s Non hai camin, hai che caminar at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, Hasse’s Siroe at the Opera Royale de Versailles and the Athens festival, Purcell’s King Arthur as a co-production with la Monnaie in Brussels and also Amsterdam, Brugge, Antwerp, Breda, Mozart’s Mitridate at Nationaltheater Mannheim, Handel’s Semele at Opera de Nice, Rossini’s Cenerentola at the Greek National Opera, Handel’s Alessandro at Opéra Royal de Versailles, Megaron of Athens, International Handel Festspiel in Halle, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Opéra Vichy, Theater an der Wien, Salle Pleyel Paris and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mayr’s Ginevra Di Scozia at Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo and Ingolstadt with the Muenchner Rundfunkorchester, Vivaldi’s Il Farnace at Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg and at Opéra Royal de Versailles, Handel’s Semele at Stadttheater Bern, Rossini’s Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Verdi’s Nabucco, Haydn’s L’Isola Disabitata. He is one of the foremost pioneers for the revival of early 20th century Greek operetta conducting new productions of Theophrastos Sakellaridis’ operettas Pik Nik, Halima and The Godson in Athens.
Several of George Petrou’s biggest successes have been in operas by Gluck. He has conducted Alceste (at the Megaron of Athens with Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role and at Oper Leipzig in a new production by P. Konwitzny), Orphee at the Greek National Opera, Iphigénie en Aulide at the newly built Onassis Cultural center and the 1st modern revival of Il trionfo di Clelia at the Megaron, to great acclaim.
Earlier assignments include Donizetti’s Anna Bolena as well as Handel’s Theodora in Athens, Lully’s Phaeton and A. Scarlatti’s Il Tigrane at the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Handel’s Oreste, Arianna in Creta, Tamerlano, Giulio Cesare.
In concert he regularly collaborates with renowned orchestras such as the Gewandhaus, the Muenchner Rundfunkorchester, the Concerto Koln, the Pomo d'oro, the B'Rock, the Berner Symphonieorchester, the Athens State Orchestra, the Bratislava Philharmonic, the Musica Viva (Moscow), the New Russia Symphony orchestra. George Petrou has a very busy recording schedule. Upcoming releases include Handel's Ottone for Decca. Recent releases include Franco Fagioli's Rossini album for Deutsche Gramophon and a long list of recordings for DECCA including Hasse’s Siroe, a Countertenor Gala and a collection of baroque arias named Baroque Divas all with Armonia Atenea. Other multiple prizewinning DECCA releases include Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus, Gluck’s tenor arias with Daniel Behle, Hasse’s Rokoko (a collection of arias and concertos with M. E. Cencic) and Handel’s Alessandro. Additionaly, Mayr’s operas Ginevra and Lodoiska for OEHMS Classics (with the Muenchner Rundfunkorchester).
He has also recorded Handel’s Oreste, Arianna in Creta, Alessandro Severo, Tamerlano and Giulio Cesare for MDG. All of them have received with the highest critical acclaim from the international press (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Choc-Monde de la Musique, Gramophone-Editor’s Choice, Diapason d’Or, BBC Mag/Recording of the Month, CD of the week in The Sunday Times, Recording of the month in Musicweb, Crescendo Bestenliste Platz 1, etc.). Tamerlano received the prestigious ECHO Klassik 2008, and Alessandro the Recording of the Year at the International Opera Awards, and the latter was voted by the viewers of Mezzo as Opera of the Year 2013 receiving more than 250,000 votes.
George Petrou was recently honored as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London (ARAM) and was awarded the title of "Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres" from the French government.