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Handel: Theodora / Martini, Wieland, Schmid, Vitzthum, Schoch, Mertens

Handel / Barockorchester Frankfurt / Wieland
Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572700   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Diana SchmidFranz VitzthumChristina WielandKnut Schoch,   ... 
Conductor:  Joachim Carlos Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Baroque OrchestraJunge Kantorei
Number of Discs: 3 
Length: 2 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Set in a time of ancient Rome’s persecution of the Christians, Handel’s late masterpiece Theodora tells of the tragic martyrdom of the heroine and her lover Didymus. The challenging nature of the libretto with its religious conflict, cruelty, self-sacrifice and brothel scene was discomforting for contemporary audiences, and despite Handel’s magnificent music the oratorio was his least successful. This is part of a series of Handel oratorios from Martini and Junge Kantorei. Set in a time of ancient Rome’s persecution of the Christians, Handel’s late masterpiece Theodora tells of the tragic martyrdom of the heroine and her lover Didymus. The challenging nature of the libretto with its religious conflict, cruelty, self-sacrifice and brothel scene was discomforting for contemporary audiences, and despite Handel’s magnificent music the oratorio was his least successful. This is part of a series of Handel oratorios from Martini and Junge Kantorei. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Theodora, HWV 68 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Diana Schmid (Mezzo Soprano), Franz Vitzthum (Countertenor), Christina Wieland (Soprano),
Knut Schoch (Tenor), Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Joachim Carlos Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra,  Junge Kantorei
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 

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