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Handel: Semele / Martini, Scholl, Schmidt, Popken


Release Date: 07/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570431-33   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Elisabeth SchollAnnette MarkertKlaus MertensRalf Popken,   ... 
Conductor:  Joachim Carlos Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Baroque OrchestraFrankfurt Junge Kantorei
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Handel’s oratorio Semele was composed in 1743 and tells of a beautiful mortal (Semele), whose short but spectacular love affair with Jupiter, King of the Gods, comes to a terrifying end in consequence of both her own vanity and the scheming of Jupiter’s insanely jealous wife Juno. Written at the peak of Handel’s powers, it is crammed with his most sparkling and dramatic music: spectacular orchestral numbers and powerful choruses combine with heart-stopping arias, including the popular Where’er you walk and the coloratura showpiece Myself I shall adore. Handel’s oratorio Semele was composed in 1743 and tells of a beautiful mortal (Semele), whose short but spectacular love affair with Jupiter, King of the Gods, comes to a terrifying end in consequence of both her own vanity and the scheming of Jupiter’s insanely jealous wife Juno. Written at the peak of Handel’s powers, it is crammed with his most sparkling and dramatic music: spectacular orchestral numbers and powerful choruses combine with heart-stopping arias, including the popular Where’er you walk and the coloratura showpiece Myself I shall adore. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Semele, HWV 58 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Elisabeth Scholl (Soprano), Annette Markert (Alto), Klaus Mertens (Bass),
Ralf Popken (Countertenor), Julie Schmidt (Soprano), Knut Schoch (Tenor),
Britta Schwarz (Alto)
Conductor:  Joachim Carlos Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra,  Frankfurt Junge Kantorei
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 

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