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Handel: Radamisto / Margraf, Händel Festspielorchester, Etc

Release Date: 11/17/1998 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 9334   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Hanne-Lore KuhseSigrid KehlRobert KöblerHellmuth Kaphahn,   ... 
Conductor:  Horst-Tanu Margraf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio ChorusHalle Handel Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'Radamisto' was the first opera Handel composed for the Royal Academy, his first operatic venture in London, being produced for the first time in 1719; it was revived and revised in 1720, 1721 and 1728. This Berlin Classics recording, dating from 1962, presents an adaptation of the 1721 version, which drops a minor character, Fraarte. More importantly, in addition to the use of modern instruments and a chorus (in general Handel's chorus was assembled from the soloists--opera in eighteenth century London was a commercial venture so personnel was kept to a minimum), the libretto is translated into German and all the castrato roles are transposed down into either tenor or bass registers. The result, while nothing Handel would have recognized, Read more is in keeping with the spirit of free adaptation that reigned in 18th-century opera. As such it is reasonably well done if a bit heavy for contemporary tastes. The German language sits heavily on the music and renders the coloratura a weightier tone than is expected in this music. For an alternative, listeners are directed to Nicholas McGegan's recording of the 1720 version on Harmonia Mundi with period instruments and the original vocal ranges, albeit with countertenors instead of the missing castrati. Read less

Works on This Recording

Radamisto, HWV 12 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Hanne-Lore Kuhse (Soprano), Sigrid Kehl (Alto), Robert Köbler (Harpsichord),
Hellmuth Kaphahn (Bass), Rolf Apreck (Tenor), Reiner Süss (Bass),
Günther Leib (Baritone)
Conductor:  Horst-Tanu Margraf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1962 
Venue:  Pedagogical Institute, Halle, Germany 
Length: 177 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 

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