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Handel: Semele / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists

Handel / Monteverdi Choir / Gardiner
Release Date: 10/02/2020 
Label:  Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog #: 733  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Louise AlderLucile RichardotGianluca BurattoHugo Hymas,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi Choir
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In Spring 2019, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, led by John Eliot Gardiner, presented a critically-acclaimed European tour of Handel’s opera 'Semele', including Alexandra Palace Theatre in London, where this live recording took place. Semele had not been performed by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi ensembles since they originally recorded it in the 1980s and this recording gives listeners the chance to hear a fuller version of the work. A glamorous team of young soloists joins the Monteverdi ensembles to bring the story of Semele to life, including celebrated English soprano Louise Alder, who takes on the title role, with the young tenor Hugo Hymas
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A new recording is always welcome, especially when it comes from someone who knows his dramatical business as John Eliot Gardiner does. Alder is a happy choice, her voice rich, fluid and precise, and her agile and alert acting skills finding ideal projection in the wonderful clutch of arias Handel sets before her..Hymas has just the smooth vocal beauty needed for a sympathetic Jupiter.

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Works on This Recording

Semele, HWV 58 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Louise Alder (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto), Gianluca Buratto (Bass),
Hugo Hymas (Counter-tenor), Carlo Vistoli (Countertenor), Emily Owen (Soprano),
Angela Hicks (Soprano), Peter Davoren (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 

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