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Handel - Leo: Rinaldo / Luisi, Orchestra La Scintilla

Release Date: 03/08/2019 
Label:  Dynamic (Dvd)   Catalog #: 37831  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Francesca AsciotiTeresa IervolinoFrancisco Fernandez RuedaCarmela Remigio,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra La Scintilla
Number of Discs: 2 
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For the first time in modern times, Festival della Valle d'Itria stages the Neapolitan version of Handel's Rinaldo, a pastiche with a Mediterranean allure which Leonardo Leo assembled in 1718 and which was considered lost until a few years ago. The story behind this most rare opera is captivating: the score of Handel’s masterpiece was illegally brought to Naples by the castrato singer Nicolò Grimaldi, who first interpreted Rinaldo in London. Once in Italy, the work was rehashed by Leo as well as other local composers, who adapted it to the taste of the local Neapolitan public, adding some intermezzos and amusing characters. Director
Read more Giorgio Sangati turns this work into a “ba-rock” opera set in the 1980’s, where the struggle between Christians and Turks becomes a battle between pop-rock singers (the Christians) and dark-metal ones (the Turks). These two factions represent two opposite perspectives on love and life. Conductor Fabio Luisi is at the head of the baroque Ensemble La Scintilla, a group of specialists in the baroque repertoire. Excellent reviews for the vocal cast who endured an almost 4 hour performance, special mentions to Carmela Remigio (Armida) who was defined “vocally majestic and most convincing in her acting skills”, whereas Teresa Iervolino (Rinaldo) impressed the critics for her vocal and acting skills en travesti and her ability “to convey all the melancholic shades of Handel’s music” (Luca Ciammarughi, classicaviva.com).
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Works on This Recording

Rinaldo, HWV 7 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Francesca Ascioti (Mezzo Soprano), Teresa Iervolino (Mezzo Soprano), Francisco Fernandez Rueda (Tenor),
Carmela Remigio (Soprano), Dara Savinova (Mezzo Soprano), Loriana Castellano (Alto)
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra La Scintilla
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 

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