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Serpent & Fire - Music by Purcell; Handel; Hasse; Graupner

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  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Composer: Purcell, Handel, Hasse, Graupner
  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alpha
  • ASIN: B01ESAU06G
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,833 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The German soprano Anna Prohaska joins Alpha Classics for several recording projects. Her first recital brings together two superb African queens Dido and Cleopatra and follows them all over Europe during the first century of opera, from the 1640s to 1740. A firework display of arias, virtuosic and tragic by turns, written by the leading personalities of Baroque music (Cavalli, Handel, Purcell, Hasse) and composers still awaiting rediscovery such as Sartorio, Graupner and the Venetian Castrovillari. For this programme built like a tragedy around the queens of Egypt and Carthage, whom she interprets with the passion and fervour that have made her reputation, Anna Prohaska is accompanied by one of todays finest Baroque ensembles, Il Giardino Armonico; under the inspired guidance of their director Giovanni Antonini (who is also a dazzling recorder soloist in some of the arias), they keep us on the edge of our seats from start to finish. A top star in Germany, Anna Prohaska also sings on the worlds leading operatic stages, from La Scala to Covent Garden by way of Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg.

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Another stunner from soprano Anna Prohaska. Following her wonderful disc of war-related music, she now turns her attention to two tragic heroines, Dido and Cleopatra. Both have inspired great music across the centuries, but Prohaska resists the attention to go as far as Berlioz, and frames this baroque collection with the start and finish of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. There are well-known Cleopatra arias a devastating, piercing Se pietà di me non senti from Handel's Giulio Cesare and very little-known ones by Castrovillari, Sartorio, Cavalli and Graupner (a bizarre bilingual scene). It's all beautifully planned and paced, with riveting instrumental interludes from Il Giardino Armonico, including Matthew Locke's astonishingly modern Curtain Tune. --Nicholas Kenyon - The Observer


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