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Handel: Agrippina / Jacobs, Pendatchanska, Fink, Rivera, Im, Mehta [3 CDs & DVD]


Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 952088/90  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Neal DaviesMarcos FinkAlexandrina PendatchanskaBejun Mehta,   ... 
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After his acclaimed explorations of such Handel operas as Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, René Jacobs now tackles the first great operatic success of the ‘caro Sassone' (Venice, 1710), the climax of his Italian period. This version reconstructs the work in its original conception, the only one to combine explosive topicality with extreme dramatic cogency. As a result, this tale of amorous intrigues against a background of Roman history, the ‘prequel' to Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, emerges more fascinating than ever.

Bonus DVD:
Meet all the participants in this film made by Nayo Titzin in 2005 at the time of the Berlin production. Director Vincent Boussard explains his theatrical conception of the opera,
Read more while René Jacobs reveals all about this highly metaphysical work!
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Works on This Recording

1. Agrippina, HWV 6 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Neal Davies (Bass Baritone), Marcos Fink (Baritone), Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Soprano),
Bejun Mehta (Countertenor), Sunhae Im (Soprano), Jennifer Rivera (Mezzo Soprano),
Dominique Visse (Countertenor), Daniel Schmutzhard (Baritone)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 

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