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Handel: Rodelinda / Mayer, Krauss, Hüsch, Leonhardt


Release Date: 10/29/2002 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93032   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma MayerHans DucrueLudwig KuscheCäcilie Reich,   ... 
Conductor:  Carl LeonhardtGustav GörlichFritz Lehmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders OrchestraStuttgart Reichssenders ChorusSouthwest German Radio Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rodelinda, Regina de' Longobardi was the 7th opera Handel wrote for the Royal Academy of Music founded in 1719. It was premiered at the King's Theater in the Haymarket on February 13, 1725, with great success, as chroniclers report. There were 14 performances in the first season and 8 in each of the revivals in the following season and in 1731, for which Handel revised the work. Thus, it is not surprising that, after nearly 190 years of oblivion, it should have been Rodelinda, now in a German language version and called Rodelinde, which marked the beginning of the 20th century revival of Handel's operas on June 26, 1920, during the Gottingen Handel Festival. The guiding spirit behind the movement was Oskar Hagen. Ulrich Etscheit cautiously Read more draws parallels between Hagen's work in resuscitating Handel's operas and the way Felix Mendelssohn championed Bach's St. Matthew Passion. It is certainly true that during the 4 years in which Handel's works were produced in Gottingen with Hagen as arranger, translator, conductor and organizer, enthusiasm for Handel's stage works grew and provoked many other German stages throughout the 1920s. On March 15, 1938, Rodelinde was broadcast as part of a Handel cycle in Stuttgart. It was the explicit wish of the conductor Carl Leonhardt (1886-1969) to perform the Hagen version of this opera. He was the general music director at the Wurttemberg Staatstheatre in Stuttgart from 1922 to 1937 and had become acquainted with Hagen's Rodelinde there. That very successful production (twenty sold out performances in the first season) had been in 1923 chosen for performance at the Zurich International Festival where it was also received with the greatest enthusiasm. Historic Opera collectors will be happy to have this wonderful work available . Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rodelinda, HWV 19 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Mayer (Alto), Hans Ducrue (Baritone), Ludwig Kusche (Harpsichord),
Cäcilie Reich (Soprano), Fritz Krauss (Tenor), Gerhard Hüsch (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Chorus,  Southwest German Radio Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/15/1938 
Length: 98 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Alcina, HWV 34: Suite by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Gustav Görlich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1938 
Length: 9 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: V'adoro pupille by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Marta Fuchs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Görlich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/18/1937 
Language: German 
4.
Radamisto, HWV 12: Ombra cara di mia sposa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Georg A. Walter (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fritz Lehmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 07/25/1939 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Venere bella by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Marta Fuchs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Görlich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/18/1937 
Language: German 

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