Opera & Vocal album by English Chamber Orchestra, George Fridric Handel, John Aler, John Nelson, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, and Sylvia McNair
This magnificent performance is without a doubt among the top two or three Handel opera recordings in the catalog. John Nelson outdoes even the period instrument competition, conducting with a vitality and freshness that sweeps all before it. Kathleen … see full wiki
If at times you hanker to hear Handel at his late great best, the robust style of the oratorios, without any sanctimony, this English opera is for you! Musically, it's among the very best of his works, and this performance does it full justice. Battle, Ramey, Aler, and Horne were already established stars of an older generation in 1993, yet their voices could not be more athletic and rich in tone (with the minor exception of Horne's lowest sub-alto notes, which are vague about tuning). Though not … more
The sensuous "Semele" was censured in its day as a "bawdy opera"--possibly because it was written in English, and the English audience could actually understand what was happening on stage. If your only exposure to Handel up until now has been the yearly 'Messiah' concert, this 1993 Deutsche Grammophon recording is a great way to get started on his operas. John Nelson conducts the English Chamber Orchestra using modern instruments, and the stunning celebrity cast (Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Home, … more
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