Handel, G F - Semele - Curnyn, Christian (conductor)

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'A most satisfying and enjoyable account of Handel's sex-centred oratorio. Rosemary Joshua catches all of Semele's vanity, her sensuality and her ambition while still managing to make her likeable. If the rest of the cast is a notch below her lead, the whole thing has a wonderful freshness and vitality.'

First complete recording on period instruments

The recording by Chandos of Handel's early opera Partenope received glowing reviews on its release in 2005. It was Classical CD of the Week in The Sunday Times and, according to Gramophone magazine, a 'thoroughly recommendable release for Baroque opera fans'.

Expanding on a libretto by William Congreve, Handel's Semele tells of the beautiful mortal Semele, whose short but spectacular love affair with Jupiter, King of the Gods, comes to a terrifying end in consequence of both her own vanity and the machinations of Jupiter's insanely jealous wife Juno.

Written at the peak of Handel's powers, and derisively described at its premiere by one critic as 'no oratorio but a bawdy opera', this theatrical entertainment is crammed with Handel's most sparkling music: spectacular orchestral numbers and powerful choruses combine with heart-stopping arias, including the popular 'Where'er you walk'. Here the work is performed by the Early Opera Company, conducted by Christian Curnyn, 'our finest young Handelian' (The Times), with Rosemary Joshua in the title role. Particularly noted as a Handel performer, Rosemary Joshua has built her international reputation singing such roles as Ginevra in Ariodante, Poppea in Agrippina, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and of course Semele which she has given at Aix-en-Provence, the BBC Proms and at English National Opera. Her ENO performance earned her a nomination for the Olivier Award for 'Best Outstanding Achievement in Opera'. She is joined by Hilary Summers and Gail Pearson, two other notable Handelians, together with Richard Croft, Stephen Wallace and Brindley Sherratt. This recording was made following performances last summer (2006) at Grange Park Opera, which prompted Music and Vision to write, 'Rarely have I heard Semele sung so beautifully and to such good dramatic effect', and The Guardian to observe that 'with singing as entrancing as this, time just seemed to fly by. I look forward to the recording'.

Artikelnummer CHAN0745
Streckkod 0095115074527
Utgivningsdatum 2007-11-19
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 3
Artister Curnyn, Christian (conductor)
Dirigenter Curnyn, Christian
Kompositörer Handel, G F
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