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Handel: Arminio / Cummings, Gottingen Festival Orchestra


Release Date: 09/21/2018 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 26409  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Paul HopwoodSophie JunkerChristopher LowreyAnna Devin,   ... 
Conductor:  Laurence Cummings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gottingen Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘Hermann of the Cherusci’ and the Varus Battle found their way into the German founding myth a long time ago. Arminius, whose Teutons roundly defeated three of Varus’ legions, was already described as the ‘Liberator of Germania’ by Tacitus. In Handel’s Arminio, the liberation battle is only the background against which the characters come to terms with themes like honor, duty, obedience, love, and freedom. Arminio premiered in the Covent Garden Theatre on January 12, 1737 but disappeared from the London stage after only six performances. Almost 200 years later, it was revived in Leipzig as Hermann und Thusnelda. After performances in Halle (2014) and Karlsruhe (2015), this late work of Handel has been recorded at the Handel Festival in Read more Gottingen 2018 and is now presented on this release.

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Christopher Lowrey's singing and expressive range in the title role are both excellent, and Sophie Junker is a delightful Sigismondo. The orchestra produces an exquisite sound; its playing delicate and precise.

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Works on This Recording

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Arminio, HWV 36 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Paul Hopwood (Tenor), Sophie Junker (Soprano), Christopher Lowrey (Countertenor),
Anna Devin (Soprano), Helena Rasker (Alto), Owen Willetts (Countertenor),
Cody Quattlebaum (Bass-baritone)
Conductor:  Laurence Cummings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gottingen Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1737; London, England 

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