George Petrou must be making quite a name for himself by now - with four delightful releases under his belt (Oreste, Arianna in Creta, Tamerlano & Giulio Cesare) he now turns to a world première recording of Handel's pasticcio opera of 1738, which re-used a considerable amount of material from the previous season's Arminio, Giustino and Berenice, which were never revived, along with pieces from several earlier works.
Having previously worked with the Orchestra of Patros, Petrou this time directs the ensemble "Armonia Atenea", whose quality is none the less. Some of the vocal personnel remain familiar though, including fabulous mezzo Mary-Ellen Nesi who takes the title role of Alessandro. Norwegian soprano Marita Solberg appears as his wife Salustia. Mezzo Kristina Hammarstrom, who took the title role in Giulio but who I felt didn't quite hack it there, plays Alessandro's mother Giulia in what is a significantly better performance this time I feel. Another Petros regular, the lovely mezzo Irini Karaianni is excellent as Albina, and solid performances in the other smaller roles are provided by soprano Gemma Bertagnolli and bass Petros Magoulas.
One minor annoyance is the handful of occasions of banging and crashing about as though this were a recording of a live performance, though clearly it is not; I can't obviously relate the noises to any intended "sound effects" which would fit with the plot at those points, so I don't know what that is all about.
The three acts of Alessando are presented in two discs; the third disc is a short (~30 mins) comic piece "Don Crepuscolo" by Niccolo Manzaro with bass soloist Christophoros Stamboglis. It's personally not to my taste at all really as it is of a later age, so I'm not bothered to comment upon it.
The set comprises three discs packaged in a double jewel case along with booklet containing notes in English, French & German, plus libretti with English translation.