Although I have been listening to classical music for over 35 years, I think of Handel as a modern composer. This might be a matter of most of my basic repertory recordings are from the 50’s and 60’s while most of my Handel recordings are from the 21st century. It could also be that Handel’s operas were not frequently performed until fairly recently.
We are very fortunate that Handel’s music is being performed and recorded after 250 years of unfair neglect. His music sounds very modern to my ears and we are lucky to have some nice video recordings so we can experience modern interpretations that we would otherwise miss. Although I live next to one of the largest cities in the world, there are not many Handel performances going on here and I have only been able to attend a few performances other than Messiah
This video of “Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno” is one of my favorites. It brings the glorious music of Handel into the 21st century in a way that modern audiences might be able to relate to.
The video starts out with a short film during the overture with a young man dancing at a club with a young woman (Beauty.) He then overdoses on drugs given to him by Pleasure. He is taken to a hospital where he is administered by Time and Disillusionment where he dies. The oratorio is a surreal interpretation of the battle over his soul.
I own 4 audio recordings of “I’ll Trionfo…” and the one conducted by Emmanuelle Haim is my favorite and she is the conductor here. The video does not have the star power of the audio recording but the singers are good and they look appropriate for their rolls. The video is shot like a feature film.
I normally do not read the libretto when listening to Handel but the subtitles on the video make the story easy to follow. The action on stage follows the libretto despite the surreal nature of the staging.
This video is a beautiful piece of art and I strongly recommend it to anyone with an open mind about what Handel means to the modern world.
- Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Italian, French, German, English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / Hamburg
- DVD Release Date: 7 July 2017
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- ASIN: B0718SPC9D