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Amazing value,and some lesser known Handel operas.,
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This review is from: Handel: Rodrigo/Radamisto/Admeto/Fernando/Arminio/Deidamia (Audio CD)
This 15 CD set was issued in 2009 to celebrate 30 years of Alan Curtis and his work with Il Complesso Barocco.
The recording dates range from 1977 (2 operas) to 2002~2005 (4 operas).
The casting cannot be faulted.
To quote a few of the well known singers should suffice to show you the quality of this set:~
Rene Jacobs (as a singer)
Max Emanuel Cencic
Anna Maria Panzarella
This is about only half of the singers overall, I haven't listed the other,not because they are in any way inferior,but because they are not known to me (or you?)
What this set does have is an authentic sound,and continuity.
Continuity because the whole set is directed by Alan Curtis and played by Il Complesso Barocco.
Although Amazon list the set(correctly) as 16 discs,it is actually 15 opera discs,and the 16th is a CD~ROM with all the original liner notes,AND most importantly ALL the libretti for all operas in Italian with English translations(so important when listening to lesser known Handel).
There is also a small (real not cyber) booklet lisitng the casts for the operas,details of the first performances,and recording dates etc,and a track listing for all the discs.
It comes in a neat flip top box,with the discs housed in sturdy cardboard sleeves.
For those of you worried about shelf space (and who isn't) the box measures a smidgeon over two and a half inches wide.
At this bargain price we get explore the depths of Handel's operas without breaking the bank!