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Handel: Alcina / Christie, Fleming, Graham, Dessay


Release Date: 04/25/2000 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 80233   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen KuhlmannRenée FlemingLaurent NaouriSusan Graham,   ... 
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Handel's Alcina is an opera full of opportunities for "golden age" singing. Erato's assemblage, presided over by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, brings together Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, and Natalie Dessay in a glorious demonstration of Handelian singing way beyond the merely respectable achievements of the Baroque "specialists."

-- George Jellinek, FANFARE [Want Lists, 2000]


Les Arts Florissants play with their customary elegance... The recitatives are skilfully placed throughout... This is the most intelligent and discriminating account of the opera so far, if not necessarily the liveliest.

-- International Record Review [3/2000]
Handel's Alcina is an opera full of opportunities for "golden age" singing. Erato's assemblage, presided over by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, brings together Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, and Natalie Dessay in a glorious demonstration of Handelian singing way beyond the merely respectable achievements of the Baroque "specialists."

-- George Jellinek, FANFARE [Want Lists, 2000]


Les Arts Florissants play with their customary elegance... The recitatives are skilfully placed throughout... This is the most intelligent and discriminating account of the opera so far, if not necessarily the liveliest.

-- International Record Review [3/2000]
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Works on This Recording

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Alcina, HWV 34 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Kuhlmann (Alto), Renée Fleming (Soprano), Laurent Naouri (Bass),
Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Timothy Robinson (Tenor),
Juanita Lascarro (Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Live  Palais Garnier, Paris Opéra, France 
Length: 190 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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