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Handel: Rinaldo / Hogwood, Bartoli, Daniels, Fink, Et Al

Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 467087   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Gerald FinleyBejun MehtaLuba OrgonasovaDaniel Taylor,   ... 
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 53 Mins. 

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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
Read more 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
Performer:  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)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 173 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Ver: 1711 

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