- Tapa dura: 144 páginas
- Editor: Atlantic Monthly Pr; Edición: Har/Com (1 de abril de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0802119964
- ISBN-13: 978-0802119964
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº756.650 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Handel's Bestiary: In Search of Animals in Handel's Operas (Inglés) Tapa dura – abr 2011
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International Praise for "Handel's Bestiary"
"A wonderful book. A compendium colorfully illustrated by Michael Sowa, to be enjoyed not only by musical connoisseurs." --"Der Spiegel" (Germany)
"What Leon tells us is a real joy, and many of the details are unfamiliar. If as you read you listen to the music by Il Complesso Barocco that accompanies it, you are in for a sensual treat - and one which will also broaden your horizons." --"Stern" (Germany)
"The book, wittily illustrated by Michael Sowa, is accompanied by a CD of arias recorded by Il Complesso Barocco. A real tour de force!" --"News" (Austria)
"As an expert on medieval bestiaries - moral lessons and fables about animals - she cleverly describes how Handel portrays specific characteristics of these animals in his music. Naturally a CD with all twelve animal arias is included - musical fun, with enchanting pictures by the German painter and illustrator Michael Sowa." --"Hamburger Abendblatt" (Germany)
"A charming little compendium. As clever as it is entertaining. Leon doesn't turn to modern biologists to make the case for her menagerie. Rather she reminds us what Pliny and Herodotus knew about lions, that in the Middle Ages people thought bees were a small kind of bird, and describes - without being in the least patronizing - the bewilderment with which 18th century Europe saw its first elephant trunks." --"Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung" (Germany)
"A great reading and listening pleasure." --"Ruhr Nachrichten" (Germany)
"A 'total work of art' with text, music, and beautiful illustrations by Michael Sowa ... Donna Leon manages to combine three things in her book: 1. her profound knowledge of ancient nature writing (such as Pliny the Elder) and medieval bestiaries (e.g. Isidore of Seville), 2. Her passion for George Frideric Handel, and 3. her years of friendship with the conductor and Handel expert Alan Curtis. ... Most whimsical and linguistically at the highes
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Complemented by a CD recording conducted by Alan Curtis, a literary, visual and musical exploration of Handel's arias by the author of the Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries shares her insights into the animal themes within his arias, drawing on her expertise in medieval bestiaries to trace 12 animals through history, mythology and Handel's operas.
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Come on, admit it, the CD of 64 minutes is first-rate (no less!) Handel operatic arias and oratorio excerpts.
This alone would be a main attrachtion, considering that at least three of the four singers in the tracks are current top-players in the field - Ann Hallenberg, Swedish baroque mezzo-soprano par excellence, Karin Gauvin, the current top classical soprano, and Paul Agnew, Handel tenor par excellence.
In fact these three singers and Alan Curtis recorded specifically for this 'book', the contents of which are both interesting and informative.
The author has deep understanding of Handel's operas, for sure. In relating these creatures to other literary aspects and mother nature, each 'chapter' offers an insightful short account of how the composer dealt with 'them' in his works.
As for the singing and music, I find this 'album' to be some thing on top of the field.
If this CD is to be issued as 'Handel's creatures in his operas/oratorios', by itself would be topic of great interest, since the pieces are performed at the highest possible musical level.
I do not find any solo album of the great Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg. While this is not her solo album, this comes pretty close.
BTW, the creature 'phoenix' in this album was not sung by Gauvin, the soprano, but by Hallenberg, the mezzo, since the original singer for Handel was a high-mezzo soprano.
The final duet on 'turtle dove' by Hallenberg and Gauvin is one of the most beautiful renditions of this piece ever.
have found this on Amazon.. :)
Book well writtenm.