OP0529. GIULIO CESARE (Handel), Live Performance, 2002, Vienna, w. Marc Minkowski Cond. Musiciens de Louvre Ensemble; Marijana Mijanovic, Magdalena Kozena, Anne Sofie von Otter, Charlotte Hellekant, Bejun Mehta, Alan Ewing, etc. (Germany) 3-Archiv DG B0000314, w.Elaborate 99pp. Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 028947421023
"Though GIULIO CESARE is the best known of Handel’s masterly operas, familiarity has not made it any easier to perform. Handel seized on the story of Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48-47 B.C. as a chance to explore two often entwined human fascinations: politics and sex. If there are too many twists and improbabilities in the plot, the central characterizations are unvarnished and complex. The conductor Marc Minkowski’s vibrant recording with Les Musiciens du Louvre, a remarkable period-instrument ensemble from Paris, which captures a live performance in Vienna in 2002, may be the best overall."
- Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES