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|1. Masaniello Furioso Opera In Three Acts (37 Tracks On 2 Discs) - Chor des Forum Alte Musik Bremen|
Masaniello Furioso was performed in 1706 in the Hamburg Opera house. A local author wrote the libretto in German with some Italian aria texts (a quirk explained in the notes). The plot concerns a popular uprising in Naples against the Spanish rulers, some 50 years before. As is usual for Baroque Opera of the time, history is changed to avoid encouraging conflict with the authorities. In the opera, his own men assassinate Masaniello and not the authorities.
The recording is on the excellent CPO label. The opera covers two CDs of 76 and 71 minutes respectively. Given the opera is heroic, the cast is mainly male: 3 tenors, 2 basses, 1 baritone and 1 male alto. In addition, there are two female sopranos. Those names I recognise are all experienced Baroque vocalists of the highest calibre. The Fiori Musical is a period instrument ensemble under its founder Thomas Albert.
The recording of the opera is good quality. Everyone works very hard to produce a full and pleasing sound that is easy on the ear. The songs are delightful and there is always something of interest happening. Keiser was noted for his inventiveness and this version of the opera has not let him down. A small booklet is included giving a notes on the opera and about the Hamburg Opera in German, English and French.Read more ›
Libretto in German only. Timing 76'09+70'44.