Handel Giulio Cesare

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2010)

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.02 Gb | Total time: 75:50+78:48+77:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1604-2 | Recorded: 2008

It is a studio production with all the benefits of excellent acoustics, perfect balance, no disturbing noises from stage movements or audience reactions and the option to re-record momentary lapses. And there is another advantage: these studio sessions were based on a staged production at the Thesaloniki Concert Hall in March 2008! I suppose this is a misprint. If it is, this is the only error in this wholly delightful production.

Handel - Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Hofstetter) (2006), 2xDVD9  Music

Posted by ArlegZ at Oct. 13, 2010
Handel - Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Hofstetter) (2006), 2xDVD9

Handel - Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Hofstetter) (2006), 2xDVD9
MPEG2 7500Kbps | NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | PCM Stereo; Dolby AC3, 6 ch; DTS, 6 ch | 216 min | 13 Gb
Classical | Label: TDK DVD Video | Subtitles: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Catalan

This is not your typical performance of Handel's Julius Caesar. It is an ADAPTION by Herbert Wernicke. Arias from RINALDO, ORLANDO & TOLOMEO have been grafted onto Handel's GUILIO CESARE. Great arias like Cleopatra's "Da Tempeste" have been cut. By adding arias some characters like Tolomeo, Sesto and Nireno are more dramatically fleshed out. However, cutting "Da Tempeste" and completely reworking the ending of Act III has damaged the original story line and given us a weaker finale. The finale is further damaged by having the chorus close the opera in modern tourist garb. In general I find the Unit set works well for Act I. Act II is uninspired. Act III because of the cuts and reworking of the finale is a shambles. I don't mind the crocodile; but I don't see that it adds that much to the drama. The lighting is at times spectacular and makes the Unit Set work. I just feel that Herbert Wernicke has taken too many liberties with the score; and, I know this could be justified as standard Baroque practice even by Handel himself. However, especially in the Third Act they weaken an already great Act.
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Handel - Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Negrin) (2007), DVD5+DVD9  Music

Posted by ArlegZ at Oct. 9, 2010
Handel - Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Negrin) (2007), DVD5+DVD9

Handel - Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Negrin) (2007), DVD5+DVD9
MPEG2 7500Kbps | NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 | 3h 36 (84:10 + 128:24) | 11.04 Gb
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr. | Subtitles: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch | FServe/FSonic

This Harmonia Mundi DVD release of GIULIO CESARE from Denmark, recorded in 2005 is, quite simply, magnificent. Everything about this release signifies a major event, starting with the packaging. A beautifully produced gatefold DVD case, attractively and conveniently laid out. The booklet gives all the relevant information, with the synopsis synchronized with the tracks (the only drawback is that there are only 9 tracks for the first DVD, 15 for the second; given that Universal Classics painstakingly separates the recits from the arias {the Ponnelle film of COSI for example has over 35 tracks per DVD}, this is inconvenient, because you have to do more searching if you want to). Best of all, though, the booklet has a concise, scholarly, passionate essay written by Winton Dean; I find it amazing that he can convey the virtues and cover the relevant issues in so economical a fashion.
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Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1995)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1995)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 898 Mb | Total time: 3 h 41 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée Auvidis | # E 8558 | Recorded: 1995

Giulio Cesare proved by far the most popular of Handel’s operas, both originally and in modern revivals. Its straightforward plot and all-star original cast drew from Handel exceptional depth and subtlety in musical characterisation and lavish orchestral colours; Cleopatra’s seductive stage orchestra – harp, theorbo and viola da gamba with muted accompaniment from the pit – is unique. René Jacobs set the standard in 1991 (on Harmonia Mundi). By comparison, this is milder, more pensive. Bowman is superbly flexible – he seems to become ever more fluent over the years – yet less powerful and imperious than Jennifer Larmore, the earlier . Visse is thrillingly vicious as Tolomeo, the murderer and rapist, while the widowed Cornelia (Laurens) retains an expressive passion despite the weight of tragedy overwhelming her. Dawson, a provocative Cleopatra, isn’t always given her head: her final aria, da tempeste, is restrained by Malgoire’s sober tempo. The recording balance veils some artful orchestral detail. But the quasi-stage acoustic and sense of space add dramatic realism to the recitative, which has been judiciously cut to allow the inclusion of all the arias within the three discs. This is a worthy addition to several versions already available on disc – though a dozen or more Handel operas still await their first recordings.
(George Pratt)
Handel - Giulio Cesare (Giovanni Antonini) (2016) [BluRay-rip]

Handel - Giulio Cesare (Giovanni Antonini) (2016) [BluRay-rip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 (16:9) / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 248 min | 5,59 Gb
Audio: Italian / AAC / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 448 kbps
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German

inaugurated Cecilia Bartoli’s first season as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012. “Bartoli’s Dream Start with Dream Voices” wrote the Vienna Kurier of this uproarious Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier in which Bartoli heads a hand-picked cast including Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky and Anne Sofie Von Otter with Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini. “[Andreas Scholl’s] coloratura is note perfect, he phrases recitatives with as much musicianship as arias, and the steadiness and purity of his voice are remarkable.” The Financial Times
Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Giulio Cesare [2012]

Handel - Giulio Cesare (Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco) [2012]
Classical | Naïve OP30536 | TT: 77.55+74.08+68.27 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 1.12 Gb

This exciting studio recording is the second project resulting from the collaboration between Marie-Nicole Lemieux Karina Gauvin and conductor and harpsichordist Alan Curtis' award winning Complesso Barocco. Giulio Cesare is one of Handel's most renowned operas and the role of Giulio Cesare is considered to be one of the most beautiful roles in the baroque opera. The full vocal cast is stunning and Alan Curtis shows once again why he is considered one of the world's leading Handel specialists.
William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Handel - Giulio Cesare (William Christie, Sarah Connolly, Danielle De Niese) (2009) [Blu-Ray]
2xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 28555 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 227 min | 42,6+39,7 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 5760 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 227 min | 19,0 Gb
Audio: Italian / PCM / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

David McVicar's production of Giulio Cesare manages to combine serious insight with entertainment, bringing Handel´s masterpiece to life in a powerful, convincing and highly intelligent way. In every line of the complex narrative the subtle nuances are apparent, reflecting perfectly the transparent and exquisite nature of Handel's musical expression.

Handel - Giulio Cesare (Lars Ulrik Mortensen) [2007]  Music

Posted by Sowulo at Nov. 19, 2013
Handel - Giulio Cesare (Lars Ulrik Mortensen)  [2007]

Handel - Giulio Cesare (Lars Ulrik Mortensen) [2007]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR Auto Pan&Scan | Italiano (LPCM, 2 ch); (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 4.32 Gb+7.55 Gb (DVD5 + DVD9)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol | +3% Recovery | 216 min

This Harmonia Mundi DVD release of GIULIO CESARE from Denmark, recorded in 2005 is, quite simply, magnificent. Everything about this release signifies a major event, starting with the packaging. A beautifully produced gatefold DVD case, attractively and conveniently laid out. The booklet gives all the relevant information, with the synopsis synchronized with the tracks (the only drawback is that there are only 9 tracks for the first DVD, 15 for the second; given that Universal Classics painstakingly separates the recits from the arias {the Ponnelle film of COSI for example has over 35 tracks per DVD}, this is inconvenient, because you have to do more searching if you want to)…

Handel - Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Hofstetter) [2005]  Music

Posted by Sowulo at Dec. 29, 2012
Handel - Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Hofstetter) [2005]

Handel - Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Hofstetter) [2005]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR Auto Letterboxed | Italiano Dolby AC3, 6 ch; DTS, 6 ch | 6.31 Gb+7.70 Gb (2*DVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Catalan | +3% Recovery | 216 min

Those who are looking for a traditional production of one of Handel's greatest operas are advised to stay clear of this release. Director Herbert Wernicke, who also designed the sets and the costumes, has turned Giulio Cesare into archaeological fantasy: the entire opera takes places on top of a giant replica of the Rosetta Stone, and the final chorus is sung by camera-clicking tourists. (Shades of Philip Glass's Akhnaten!) Achilles, Ptolemy's general, is dressed like Indiana Jones's less svelte brother, and throughout the course of the production we see, at different times, dresses and uniforms that could have been worn in the century just past, powdered wigs that could have been worn in the 1700s, and a man (fortunately silent!) in a crocodile costume, who apparently represents the spirit of Egypt…
Raymond Tuttle
Handel - Giulio Cesare (Emmanuelle Haim, Lawrence Zazzo, Natalie Dessay) [2012]

Handel - Giulio Cesare (Emmanuelle Haim, Lawrence Zazzo, Natalie Dessay) [2012]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR Auto Pan&Scan | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch); (DTS, 6 ch) | 5.07 Gb + 7.51 Gb (2*DVD9)
Classical | Label: Virgin | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol | +3% Recovery | 217 min

Giulio Cesare, the most popular of Handel’s operas, is named after the great Roman emperor, but its most memorable character is Cleopatra. In this production by Laurent Pelly from Paris’ splendid Palais Garnier, the role of the Egyptian queen is assumed for the first time by Natalie Dessay, described by the Telegraph as “a supreme vocal enchantress”…