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Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV17

composer
first performed at the King's Theatre, Haymarket, London, on 20 February 1724
author of text
adapted from G F Bussani

 
The late Winton Dean, doyen of British Handel scholars, memorably summed up Giulio Cesare in Egitto as ‘a glorification of sexual passion uninhibited by the shadow of matrimony’. Composed at the zenith of Handel’s operatic success, it triumphed on its premiere at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, on 20 February 1724, and netted a record thirty-four performances in the composer’s lifetime. The familiar historical setting has doubtless contributed to Giulio Cesare’s popularity, then and now, though plot and characters were given a thoroughly Baroque makeover by librettist Nicola Francesco Haym. In the process Caesar, a role fashioned for the star castrato-from-hell Senesino, became an idealistic youthful hero, a far cry from the cynical middle-aged tyrant of history.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2014

Le regretté Winton Dean, doyen des haendéliens britanniques, a résumé Giulio Cesare in Egitto en ces termes mémorables: «une glorification de la passion sexuelle désinhibée par l’ombre du mariage». Composé au faîte des succès opératiques de Haendel, il triompha à sa création au King’s Theatre, Haymarket, le 20 février 1724, et fut représenté trente-quatre fois du vivant du compositeur—un record. Le cadre historique bien connu n’est sans doute pas étranger à la popularité, passée et présente, de cette œuvre, encore que le librettiste Nicola Francesco Haym en eût profondément «baroquisé» l’intrigue et les personnages, faisant de César (un rôle modelé pour l’infernal castrat vedette Senesino) un idéaliste héros juvénile, bien loin du cynique tyran de l’histoire, entre deux âges.

extrait des notes rédigées par Richard Wigmore © 2014
Français: Hypérion

Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Der kürzlich verstorbene Winton Dean, Doyen der britischen Händelforschung, fasste Giulio Cesare in Egitto in denkwürdiger Weise als „Glorifizierung sexueller Leidenschaft, unbeirrt von dem Schatten der Ehe“ zusammen. Die Premiere im King’s Theatre, Haymarket, am 20. Februar 1724 war ein Triumph und die Anzahl der Aufführungen zu Lebzeiten des Komponisten erreichte den Rekord von 34: Giulio Cesare war der Höhepunkt von Händels Opernkarriere. Der bekannte historische Schauplatz der Oper hat sicherlich—damals wie heute—zu ihrer Popularität beigetragen, obwohl Handlung und Figuren von dem Librettisten Nicola Francesco Haym in sehr barocker Art und Weise überarbeitet worden war. Dabei wurde Cäsar, eine Rolle, die für den Star-Kastraten Senesino entstanden war, zu einem idealistischen, jungen Helden—weit entfernt von dem historischen zynischen Tyrannen mittleren Alters.

aus dem Begleittext von Richard Wigmore © 2014
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Handel: Heroic Arias
CDH55370Download currently discounted
Handel: Arias
Studio Master: CDA67979Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Handel: Opera Arias
CDS44271/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1
CDA66860Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Handel: Operatic Arias
Studio Master: CKD252Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Act 1 Scene 8. Aria: Cara speme, questo core (Sesto)
Track 8 on CDA67979 [5'55]
Act 1. Aria: Va tacito e nascosto (Cesare)
Track 2 on CDH55370 [6'57]
Act 2. Aria: Al lampo dell'armi (Cesare)
Track 7 on CDH55370 [3'19]
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)
Act 3. Aria: Piangerò la sorte mia (Cleopatra)
Track 3 on CKD252 [5'23] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66860 track 9

Act 2, Sinfonia and Aria: V' adoro, pupille (Cleopatra)
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-86009
Duration
5'21
Recording date
27 September 1995
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1 (CDA66860)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: April 1996
    Deletion date: March 2007
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
  2. Handel: Opera Arias (CDS44271/3)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: September 2007
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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