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Handel: Admeto / Arman, Rexroth, Lichtenstein

Handel / Rexrodt / Lichtenstein / Mead / Nolte
Release Date: 03/06/2007 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101257  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Gerd VogelMatthias RexrothRaimund NolteMechthild Bach,   ... 
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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George Frideric Handel
ADMETO, Re di Tessaglia, HWV 22

Admeto - Matthias Rexroth
Alceste - Romelia Lichtenstein
Antigona - Mechthild Bach
Trasimede - Tim Mead
Ercole - Raimund Nolte
Orindo - Melanie Hirsch
Meraspe - Gerd Vogel
Handel-Festival Orchestra
Howard Arman, conductor

Axel Köhler, director

Live recording from the Opernhaus Halle 2006
Festival Production from the Händel-Festspiele Halle 2006

Picture format: NTSC 16:9 (widescreen)
Sound format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (all)
Subtitle Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
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Menu Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 196 mins

* George Frideric Handel's Admeto is considered one of the most successful operas produced in the first half of the 18th century. Along with Radamisto, Giulio Cesare, Tamerlano, Rodelinda and Alessandro, which were also written in this period, Admeto belongs to Handel's so-called 'London operas' - works he composed for the Royal Academy of Music. Though born in Halle, Germany, Handel spent most of his adult life in London and became a British subject in 1727.
* Axel Köhler, the celebrated counter-tenor who is active in Munich, Halle and Berlin – now also well known for his work as a director - has brought Admeto into the modern era in timeless style by the skilful application of imaginative theatrical digressions. Köhler's production at the Halle Opernhaus revisits a work that encompasses comedy, tragedy and almost absurd grotesqueness and gives it a convincing metaphor in the form of a modern hospital.
* This recording of Admeto forms the highlight and conclusion of Arthaus Musik's Handel Festival cycle, which began with Tamerlano (100 703) in 2001, and was followed by Teseo (100 709), recorded in 2004.
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Works on This Recording

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Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Gerd Vogel (Bass), Matthias Rexroth (Countertenor), Raimund Nolte (Bass),
Mechthild Bach (Soprano), Timothy Mead (Countertenor), Romelia Lichtenstein (Soprano)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; London, England 
Date of Recording: 2006 
Venue:  Live Halle Opera House 

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