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'Agrippina'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Agrippina'

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'Agrippina'

Graun Britannico--Se la mia vita, o figlio... Mi paventi il figlio indegno Handel Agrippina Ogni vento...Pensieri, voi mi tormentate...L'alma mia fra le tempeste Legrenzi Germanico sul reno--0 soavi tormenti dell'alma Magni Nerone infante--Date all'armi o spirti fieri Mattheson Nero--Gia tutto valore Orlandini Nerone--Tutta furie e tutta sdegno Perti Nerone fatto Cesare Date all'armi o spirti fieri; Questo brando, questo folgore Porpora L'Agrippina--Mormorando anch'il ruschello ... Con troppo fiere immagini Sammartini Agrippina moglie di Tiberio--Non ho piu vele ... Deh, lasciami in pace Telemann Germanicus Rimembranza crudel Ann Hallenberg mez II Porno d'Oro / Riccardo Minasi Deutsche Harmonia Mundi [F] 88875 05598-2 (75' * DDD * T/t)

This disc's title inevitably evokes the stop-at-nothing schemer of Handel's satirical Venetian opera. But as Ann Hallenberg and her musicologist husband Holger Schmitt-Hallenberg point out in their informative notes, there were no fewer than three Agrippinas in the decadent Roman family: the most famous, and least appetising, Julia Agrippina (or Agrippinilla); her mother, virtuous wife of the hero Germanicus; and her mother's older half-sister, Vipsania Agrippina. Scouring archives in Europe and the US, the Hallenberg duo has assembled an entertaining programme of arias from assorted Baroque operas featuring one or other Agrippina, most recorded for the first time.

With her gleaming high mezzo, evenly produced over a wide range, dazzling agility (no hint of aspirates in the reams of coloratura) and specific sense of character, Ann Hallenberg does this trio of ladies proud. …

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