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Handel: Alessandro / Finden, Zazzo, Oro, Form, Deutsche Handel Solisten


Release Date: 01/01/2012 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10273  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andrew FindenMartin OroYetzabel Arias FernandezSebastian Kohlhepp,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Form
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsche Handel Solisten
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Handel’s opera 'Alessandro', first performed at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket in London on 5 May 1726, was one of the composer’s most successful works for the stage. This opera displays Handel at the pinnacle of his career and enjoyed repeated performances over a period of several years. However, in modern times, 'Alessandro' has remained one of Handel’s least performed operas. Alexander’s heroic exploits only provide a background to the amorous dalliances, in which the eponymous hero cuts a pretty poor figure. Admittedly, the singer of the role is faced with eight arias in which he is forced to perform the most heroic deeds: the castrato Senesino was at this time the undisputed star of Handel’s operatic enterprise - a hard act to follow. Handel’s opera 'Alessandro', first performed at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket in London on 5 May 1726, was one of the composer’s most successful works for the stage. This opera displays Handel at the pinnacle of his career and enjoyed repeated performances over a period of several years. However, in modern times, 'Alessandro' has remained one of Handel’s least performed operas. Alexander’s heroic exploits only provide a background to the amorous dalliances, in which the eponymous hero cuts a pretty poor figure. Admittedly, the singer of the role is faced with eight arias in which he is forced to perform the most heroic deeds: the castrato Senesino was at this time the undisputed star of Handel’s operatic enterprise - a hard act to follow. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Alessandro, HWV 21 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andrew Finden (Baritone), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Yetzabel Arias Fernandez (Soprano),
Sebastian Kohlhepp (Tenor), Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor), Rebecca Raffell (Alto)
Conductor:  Michael Form
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsche Handel Solisten
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; London, England 

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