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Rodrigo, HWV5
First line:
Ah, sommi dei, cui la giustizia arruota
composer
'Vincer se stesso è la maggior vittoria', first performed at the Cocomero Theatre, Florence, in November 1707
author of text

Recordings
'Handel in Hamburg' (CDH55324)
Handel in Hamburg
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55324  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 3. Aria: Perché viva il caro sposa (Esilena)  Ah, sommi dei, cui la giustizia arruota
Track 3 on CDA66860 [6'06] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 3 on CDS44271/3 CD1 [6'06] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Overture. Movement 1: Ouverture
Track 29 on CDH55324 [3'36] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Overture. Movement 2: Gigue
Track 30 on CDH55324 [0'57] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Overture. Movement 3: Sarabande
Track 31 on CDH55324 [2'06] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Overture. Movement 4: Matelot
Track 32 on CDH55324 [1'16] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Overture. Movement 5: Menuet
Track 33 on CDH55324 [1'15] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Overture. Movement 6: Bourrée
Track 34 on CDH55324 [1'05] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Overture. Movement 7: [Air]
Track 35 on CDH55324 [1'03] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Overture. Movement 8: Menuet
Track 36 on CDH55324 [1'07] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Overture. Movement 9: Passacaille
Track 37 on CDH55324 [3'59] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Rodrigo, HWV5
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Rodrigo, the first of Handel’s Italian operas, was presented at the Cocomero Theatre in Florence in November 1707 under the title Vincer se stesso è la maggior vittoria (‘Self-conquest is the greatest victory’). The shorter title (used by Handel’s early biographers) is more commonly used, however, not only for convenience but also as a reminder that the opera has come down to us only in the draft version of Handel’s autograph (apart from the start of Act 1, which is lost), not in the revised version actually performed. Francesco Silvani’s libretto is a serious and often powerful drama based vaguely on events in Spain around ad710. Rodrigo, the last of the Visigothic kings, is portrayed as a dissolute tyrant whose seduction of a young noblewoman under a false promise of marriage stirs up a rebellion and leads to his downfall. His long-suffering wife, Esilena, remains touchingly loyal to him throughout, eventually saving his life and following him into a humble exile. At the start of Act 3 the couple are in a temple in Seville, fearfully awaiting the arrival of the rebel forces. In the aria ‘Perché viva il caro sposo’ Esilena prays fervently to the gods that she may be sacrificed to spare her husband. The introductory recitative illustrates the lofty rhetorical style of the libretto, which even the original singers seem to have found excessive: in the performing version the section from ‘e se, perché egli è tardo …’ to ‘… sarà dell’ are vostre’ was cut.

from notes by Anthony Hicks © 1996

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Details for CDH55324 track 31
Overture Movement 3: Sarabande
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-05331
Duration
2'06
Recording date
5 December 1997
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel in Hamburg (CDA67053)
    Disc 1 Track 31
    Release date: October 1998
    Superseded by CDH55324
  2. Handel in Hamburg (CDH55324)
    Disc 1 Track 31
    Release date: January 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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