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Andrea De Carlo, Il Pomod'Oro - Alessandro Stradella: La Doriclea (2018)

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Andrea De Carlo, Il Pomod'Oro - Alessandro Stradella: La Doriclea (2018)

Andrea De Carlo, Il Pomod'Oro - Alessandro Stradella: La Doriclea (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 963 Mb | Total time: 188:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arcana | # A 454 | Recorded: 2017

Alessandro Stradella’s place in the annals of the history of music is not only due to the adventurous circumstances that marked his brief existence, but also to the reputation as a opera composer he has acquired since the 18th century. Inaccessible for many decades to specialists and scholars, La Doriclea is definitely the least known of all Stradella’s operas. However, it constitutes a particularly significant chapter in his overall output: composed in Rome during the early 1670s, to our knowledge La Doriclea represents the first opera entirely composed by Stradella.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2018)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2018)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 420 Mb | Total time: 77:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 0190295660239 | Recorded: 2016-2017

Star countertenor Philippe Jaroussky continues his exploration of operatic settings of the Orpheus myth with the most famous of the many operas inspired by the story of the Greek poet who searches for his dead wife in the Underworld: Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. It contains one of the world's best-loved operatic arias, Orfeo's restrained, but moving lament, 'Che farò senza Euridice'.

Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)

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Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)

Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.17 Gb | Total time: 241:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 555 205-2 | Recorded: 2018

The Boston Early Music Festival has recorded George Frideric Handel’s very first opera, Almira, Queen of Castile, with a superlatively sumptuous ensemble. For its previous recordings of Baroque operas this successful ensemble has won prizes such as the Grammy, the German Record Critics Annual Prize, and the Echo Klassik. The Hungarian soprano Emõke Baráth sings the role of Almira with a choice ensemble of singers, all of whom have performed in the world’s most renowned concert halls and opera houses. Handel’s Almira is based on a freely invented plot featuring fine entertainment in the form of love and marriage schemes among the nobility, infidelity and mistaken identities, and a happy ending brought about by a court servant’s negotiations. This work was presented at the Hamburg Opera House in 1705 about twenty times and with great success.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2013)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2013)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 876 Mb | Total time: 69:25+60:11+31:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30545 | Recorded: 2012

The world of early 18th century opera was very different to that of, say, Mozart. The story was the thing. Librettos were offered to musicians as a means of getting the poetic drama before the public. Thus the great librettists were set multiple times. So it was with Vienna's imperial poet Metastasio's Catone in Utica. This story, set in the ancient Numidian city of Utica - now a ruin in Tunisia - involves the Roman Cato the Younger and his conflict with Julius Caesar. The plot itself is the usual mixture of love and betrayal, but because it was by Metastasio there were at least two settings, by Vinci and Hasse, even before Vivaldi composed the present piece.