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Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV17
composer
first performed at the King's Theatre, London, on 20 February 1724
author of text
adapted from G F Bussani

Recordings
'Handel: Heroic Arias' (CDH55370)
Handel: Heroic Arias
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55370  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Handel: Opera Arias' (CDS44271/3)
Handel: Opera Arias
Buy by post £16.50 CDS44271/3  3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1' (CDA66860)
Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66860  Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3  
Details
Act 1. Aria: Va tacito e nascosto (Cesare)
Act 2. Aria: Al lampo dell'armi (Cesare)
Act 2. Sinfonia and Aria: V' adoro, pupille (Cleopatra)
Track 9 on CDA66860 [5'21] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 9 on CDS44271/3 CD1 [5'21] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV17
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Giulio Cesare in Egitto is one of Handel’s richest scores and has become well known in modern performance. It was first produced at the King’s Theatre on 20 February 1724. Haym adapted the libretto from two versions of an earlier text by F Bussani, based on Julius Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48BC and his encounter with Queen Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy, both vying for supreme rule of the country. Cleopatra uses her considerable feminine wiles to gain Caesar’s favour. In the most famous scene of the opera, at the start of Act 2, she appears in a representation of Mount Parnassus, surrounded by the Muses, and attempts to seduce Caesar in the aria ‘V’ adoro, pupille’. The haunting melody is introduced by a short sinfonia and is exotically accompanied by the orchestral strings and a stage band of nine instruments (representing the nine muses) including oboe, harp, theorbo and viola da gamba.

from notes by Anthony Hicks © 1996

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Details for CDA66483 track 7
Act 2, Aria: Al lampo dell'armi (Cesare)
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-48307
Duration
3'19
Recording date
15 December 1990
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel: Heroic Arias (CDA66483)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: August 1991
    Deletion date: November 2008
    Superseded by CDH55370
  2. Handel: Heroic Arias (CDH55370)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: May 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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