Notes and Editorial Reviews
This disc received the 2001 Gramophone magazine "Editor's Choice" award.
On February 24 1711, the curtain at the Haymarket theater went up for 'Rinaldo,' the first opera George Frideric Handel produced for London. It had a libretto by Giacomo Rossi, based on a somewhat mangled outline of Tasso's epic poem of the Crusades, 'Gerusalemme Liberata,' which had been prepared by impresario Aaron Hill with the aim of allowing for as many special machinery effects as possible. Handel clearly wanted to impress London, for his sparkling music contained liberal borrowings from some of his best recent scores.
While many changes and cuts were made up to the time of Handel1s final revision in 1731, this recording attempts as much as possible to
return to the version that would have been heard in the first London production.
Though there are no featured castrati, the cast is strong and youthfully vigorous, with David Daniels in the title role and the radiant Cecilia Bartoli as his betrothed, Almirena. Christopher Hogwood leads an altogether bracing performance, drawing beautifully atmospheric sounds from the Academy of Ancient Music. Read less
Works on This Recording
Rinaldo, HWV 7 by George Frideric Handel
Gerald Finley (Baritone),
Bejun Mehta (Boy Soprano),
Luba Orgonasova (Soprano),
Daniel Taylor (Countertenor),
Ana-Maria Rincón (Soprano),
David Daniels (Countertenor),
Mark Padmore (Tenor),
Catherine Bott (Soprano),
Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano),
Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Academy of Ancient Music
Written: by 1711; London, England
Date of Recording: 11/1999
Venue: Henry Wood Hall, London, England
Length: 173 Minutes 29 Secs.
Notes: Ver: 1711
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