Handel Box Set (Glyndebourne)
This set brings together three of Handel’s most compelling works for thestage in lavish Glyndebourne productions featuring period-instrumentaccompaniment from the renowned Orchestra of the Age ofEnlightenment. David McVicar directs an all-star cast in Giulio Cesare,combining serious insight with entertainment to bring the masterpiece tolife, aided by vivid playing from the OAE under William Christie. In RobertCarsen’s fun-filled transformation of Rinaldo, lacrosse sticks and flyingbicycles lend the fantasy’s warriors and witches contemporary chic, withconductor Ottavio Dantone leading a youthful cast from the keyboard inHandelian fashion. Director Barrie Kosky’s Glyndebourne debut, Saul stolethe 2015 Festival season and had critics raving. The Glyndebourne chorusplays an outstanding role, and the OAE sparkles under Ivor Bolton, as theOld Testament story is retold in Handel’s time with witty anachronisms fromcostume designer Katrin Lea Tag.
GIULIO CESARE (2005)
"The Penguin Guide - Giulio Cesare" (Christie conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an outstanding cast in an account at once scholarly, lively and refreshing)
"The Daily Telegraph - Rinaldo" (Sonia Prina’s mezzo-soprano excelled)
"The Independent - Saul" (Musically this evening is well-nigh flawless.)