Handel: Alessandro [3 CD]

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Handels ninth major opera for London, Alessandro was written as a showcase for the Rival Queens, the two famous Italian sopranos Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni whose supposed enmity, both personal and professional, not only generated good publicity for Handels latest opera but also added extra dramatic frisson to the two divas jealous clashes on stage.

Still something of a rarity even in this heyday of the Handel revival, Alessandro has only ever been recorded twice before over the past 30 years, and never previously with such a starry trio of singers in the three lead roles.

Marking the start of an exciting new partnership with the sensational Croatian counter-tenor Max Emanuel Cencic (and his company Parnassus Arts) that will involve both solo and ensemble recordings, this new recording stars Cencic himself as Alexander the Great (a role originally sung by the legendary castrato Senesino), with acclaimed French Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin as the Scythian princess Lisaura, and the sensational young Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva making her debut appearance as Deccas latest exciting solo signing in the role of Roxana, the Persian princess who finally wins the conquerors heart.

Recorded at the Megaron concert hall in Athens, this new recording of Handels classical epic features the period instruments of Armonia Atenea conducted by George Petrou, the brilliant young Baroque specialist whose previous recordings of Handel operas (Oreste, Arianna in Creta, Tamerlano, Giulio Cesare and the pasticcio Alessandro Severo) have won numerous international awards.

BindingAudio CD
Height91 mm
Length504 mm
Width559 mm
Weight43 g
Language TypePublished
Number Of Discs3
Number Of Items3
Package Quantity1
Part Number028947846994
Product GroupMusic
Publication Date2012-10-22
Release Date2012-10-22
Sales Rank57910

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