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Rudolph Palmer, The Queen’s Chamber Band - Gluck: Il Parnaso confuso (2004)

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Rudolph Palmer, The Queen’s Chamber Band - Gluck: Il Parnaso confuso (2004)

Rudolph Palmer, The Queen’s Chamber Band - Gluck: Il Parnaso confuso (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 72:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Albany Records | # TROY 655 | Recorded: 2004

Here we have the first complete recording of Gluck's charming one-act serenata teatrale for chamber orchestra and four treble voices, composed for the marriage of Hapsburg Archduke Joseph in January 1765. The Archduke's first wife had died. This time he was to marry the Bavarian princess, Maria Josepha. For this performance of the new Gluck work, four of the Archduke's daughters from his first marriage who were all accomplished musicians, sang roles in the new work. The new bridegroom's younger brother Leopold, conducted. That the four Archduchesses could successfully negotiate the florid soprano roles Gluck fashioned for them, is most impressive.

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra - George Frideric Handel, Giovanni Bononcini: Muzio Scevola (1992)

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Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra - George Frideric Handel, Giovanni Bononcini: Muzio Scevola (1992)

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra - George Frideric Handel, Giovanni Bononcini: Muzio Scevola (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 535 Mb | Total time: 58:08+57:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Newport Classic | NPD 85540 | Recorded: 1991

Muzio Scevola ("Mucius Scaevola", HWV 13) is an opera seria in three acts about Gaius Mucius Scaevola. The Italian-language libretto was by Paolo Antonio Rolli, adapted from a text by Silvio Stampiglia. The music for the first act was composed by Filippo Amadei, the second act by Giovanni Bononcini, and the third by George Frideric Handel. Collaborations of groups of composers were common in the 18th century, though this is the only one done in London. Bononcini had written the music for two earlier treatments of this story on his own, works dating from 1695 and 1710. The opera's initial run of performances began at the King's Theatre in London on 15 April 1721. A part of the second act and the third part composed by Händel is documented on the production of new port Classic being here.

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Faramondo (1996)

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Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Faramondo (1996)

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Faramondo (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 787 Mb | Total time: 63:48+49:29+56:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Vox Classics | # 7536 | Recorded: 1996

‘Faramondo’ was produced in 1738 at the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket after the collapse of the rival Opera of the Nobility. This means that, unlike some of his Covent Garden operas which were produced whilst his rivals performed at the King’s Theatre, ‘Faramondo’ was written for a superb cast which included the bass Antonio Montagnana sang the role of King Gustavo and the castrato Carestini (making his London debut) in the title role. Writing for such fine singers means that Handel takes for granted the ability to sing virtuoso passages. In fact, singers would have expected to be able to display their talents in the requisite number of arias. These arias were crafted (or fine tuned) once the cast was known, so that they take advantage of the best points of a singer’s voice. King Gustavo’s arias takes good advantage of Montagnana’s amazing range and all the singers would have expected the divisions to lie in the best part of their voices.

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Deidamia (2001)

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Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Deidamia (2001)

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Deidamia (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 790 Mb | Total time: 60:53+66:21+53:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Albany Records | # TROY 460 | Recorded: 2001

Here we have the first recording of Handel's final Italian opera with a period instrument orchestra, chorus and a superb American cast. Deidamia was Handel's last opera. He began work on it in October, 1740, at the same time he was completing its companion work, Imeneo, which he had begun two years earlier. On November 8, Handel presented his London winter season - with some new works, some revivals - and for this purpose had engaged the Theatre Royal at Lincoln's Inn Fields. Opening night saw a semi-staged version of the serenata Il Parnasso in festa; later in the month came the premiere of Imeneo. Despite a superb score and fine cast, the production was a failure and was offered only once again in early December. The fact is that opera - Italian opera - was passe in London by this time. The public had turned to other musical delights - stage works in English of a more frivolous nature than Handel's offerings.

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Berenice (1995)

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Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Berenice (1995)

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Berenice (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 670 Mb | Total time: 57:52+44:10+47:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Newport Classic | # NPD 85620 | Recorded: 1994

Every child who ever learnt the recorder or played in a school orchestra will probably know the famous ‘Minuet’ included in the Overture, but they can be forgiven for knowing little else from the work since it is so rarely performed. That its premiere in London in 1737 was a failure had little to do with Handel’s score but more with a growing public indifference to Italian opera. The music, as seasoned Handelians will not need to be told, is of high quality (though not perhaps at once among his most alluring scores), and Antonio Salvis’s libretto, concerned with politics and romance, provides the composer with opportunity for lively duets and evocative ‘simile’ arias. The cast is strong, though not uniformly so, with soprano Julianne Baird in the title role.