Handel: Rinaldo / Hogwood, Bartoli, Daniels, Fink, Et Al

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: 2894670872
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 3

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This disc received the 2001 Gramophone magazine "Editor's Choice" award.
On February 24 1711, the curtain at the Haymarket theater went up for 'Rinaldo,' the first opera George Frideric Handel produced for London. It had a libretto by Giacomo Rossi, based on a somewhat mangled outline of Tasso's epic poem of the Crusades, 'Gerusalemme Liberata,' which had been prepared by impresario Aaron Hill with the aim of allowing for as many special machinery effects as possible. Handel clearly wanted to impress London, for his sparkling music contained liberal borrowings from some of his best recent scores.
While many changes and cuts were made up to the time of Handel1s final revision in 1731, this recording attempts as much as possible to return to the version that would have been heard in the first London production.
Though there are no featured castrati, the cast is strong and youthfully vigorous, with David Daniels in the title role and the radiant Cecilia Bartoli as his betrothed, Almirena. Christopher Hogwood leads an altogether bracing performance, drawing beautifully atmospheric sounds from the Academy of Ancient Music.
Works on This Recording
1. Rinaldo, HWV 7 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Luba Orgonasova (Soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Ana-Maria Rincón (Soprano), Catherine Bott (Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor), David [countertenor] Daniels (Countertenor), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Bejun Mehta (Boy Soprano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1711 ; London, England
1. Rinaldo, HWV 7 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Gerald Finley (Baritone), Bejun Mehta (Boy Soprano), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), David [countertenor] Daniels (Countertenor), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Ana-Maria Rincón (Soprano), Luba Orgonasova (Soprano), Catherine Bott (Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1711 ; London, England
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