Istanbul International Music Festival Part 3–Il Complesso Barocco

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Program: # 06-19, Air Date: 04/11/06

NOTE: Continuing our review of the 2005 Istanbul Festival, we'll hear some of the arias and solo songs of Handel featuring the ensemble Il Complesso Barocco directed by Alan Curtis. This program reflects the recording La Maga Abbandonata ("The abandoned sorceress") which features soprano Simone Kermes and Contralto Maite Beaumont. It is a collaboration between Alan Curtis and mystery writer Donna Leon using three Handel operas with seductive and destructive sorceress characters. The recording (also in SACD format) is Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/BMG CD 74321 95644 2.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the American-Turkish
Council, the American Friends of Turkey, Raymond James International Holding
(independent investment and financial planning advice and investment banking
services in the United States and Turkey since 1962), and the Turkish Cultural
Foundation, dedicated to promoting Turkish culture and heritage.

--From Rinaldo (1711):

Fermati--Non, crudel ("Stay!--No, cruel woman").
Dunque i lacci ("Are then the enticements of my fair face with promised joy & the fear of hell").
Ah, crudel ("Ah, cruel man").

--From Alcina (1735):

Ah, mio cor ("Ah my heart! You are scorned!").
Sta nell'Ircana ("The enraged Hyrcanian tigress").
Verdi prati ("Verdant meadows, pleasant forests").
Ah! Ruggiero crudel ("So, cruel Ruggiero, you did not love me!").
Ombre pallide ("Pallid shades, I know you hear me!").

--From Amadigi (1715):

D'un sventurato amante ("In this, my breast, too sensibly I feel").
Pena tiranna ("Tyrannous pain I feel in my heart").
Mi deride l'amante ("My lover now derides me").
Destero dall'empia Dite ("Yes, I shall awaken from the depths of hell").
Addio, crudo Amadigi (O cruel Amadis, adieu").
Io gia sento ("I feel my soul within my breast").

Composer Info

ldo (1711), Alcina (1735), Amadigi (1715)

CD Info

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/BMG CD 74321 95644 2.