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Ken Meltzer
Fanfare, September 2019

HANDEL, G.F. / LEO, L.: Rinaldo (1718 Naples version) [Opera] (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2018) (NTSC) DYN-37831
HANDEL, G.F. / LEO, L.: Rinaldo (1718 Naples version) [Opera] (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57831
HANDEL, G.F. / LEO, L.: Rinaldo, HWV 7 (1718 Naples version) (Iervolino, Accademia del Belcanto Rodolfo Celletti, La Scintilla Orchestra, Luisi) CDS7831.03

…The playing of the period instrument Orchestra La Scintilla and conducting of Fabio Luisi are on a similarly high level. The Orchestra plays with breathtaking precision, and revels in the penetrating impact of the period instrument sonorities. Luisi expertly maintains the forward momentum of the performance (no mean feat in expansive Baroque opera), all the while providing the vocalists ample room for individual expression. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



John W. Barker
American Record Guide, July 2019

HANDEL, G.F. / LEO, L.: Rinaldo (1718 Naples version) [Opera] (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2018) (NTSC) DYN-37831
HANDEL, G.F. / LEO, L.: Rinaldo (1718 Naples version) [Opera] (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57831

Handel originally wrote the role of the title character for an alto castrato, and he took that part in the 1718 Naples production; a female alto, Iervolino, sings it here, and very ably, with ample voice. Another alto castrato sang Eustazio for Handel, was replaced in 1718 by a female contralto (wife of the bass, Boschi, who played Argante), and is so assigned here. On the other hand, Handel’s Goffredo was a transvestite contralto, but the role was given in 1718 and here to a tenor. Under the steady but supportive direction of Luisi, these singers are all very good. Beside the above-mentioned Iervalino, I was impressed by Castellano as a plucky Almirena. But the star of the show is undoubtedly Remigio, who is an intense and superbly sung Armida. Her performance is the best reason for wanting this release.

…The audio release can be pleasant general listening, including Remigio’s fine performance. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide







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