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George Frideric Händel – Amadigi Di Gaula (Highlights)

George Frideric Händel – Amadigi Di Gaula (Highlights)

Recorded at the Maison De La Radio, Studio 103, Paris between November & December 1989

About this work:
Amadigi di Gaula (HWV  11) is an opera with music by George Frideric Handel. The identity of the librettist is not known for certain. Previous consensus had been that John Jacob Heidegger was the librettist, but more recent research has indicated that that the librettist was more likely to be Giacomo Rossi, with Nicola Francesco Haym as another candidate. In addition to Handel, André Destouches wrote an opera based on this story, and David Kimbell has compared in detail the treatments of the story by Handel and Destouches. The origin of the story is a 1699 treatment of the knight-errantry  romance Amadis de Gaula by Antoine Houdar de la Motte. The opera received its first performance in London at the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket on 25 May 1715. The original cast included the celebrated castrato Nicolo Grimaldi. The opera was a success and received a known minimum of 17 further performances in London through 1717, and a similar number in Hamburg from 1717–1720, with a different title, Oriana. The opera then fell into neglect and was not revived until 1929 in Osnabrück and subsequently in England in 1968, by Unicorn Opera at the Abbey Hall, Abingdon. The original manuscript of Amadigi has disappeared, along with sections of the music. Only one edition of the libretto is known, dating from 1715. Two published editions of the opera exist, the Händelgesellschaft edition of 1874, and the first critical edition, by J. Merrill Knapp, which Bärenreiter published in 1971. Winton Dean has examined the history of various manuscripts which contain alternative selections for the score.

The Artists:
Les Musicienes Du Louvre
Marc Minkowski: conductor
Nathalie Stutzmann: Amadigi (contralto)
Jennifer Smith: Oriana (soprano)
Eiddwen Harrhy: Melissa (soprano)
Bernarda Fink: Dardano (contralto)
Pascal Bertin: Orgando (mezzo-soprano)

Track List:
01. Ouverture (4:36)
02. Atto primo – Aria (Amadigi) (3:36)
03. Atto primo – Aria (melissa) (5:03)
04. Atto primo – Aria (Dardano) (4:13)
05. Atto primo – Aria (Melissa) (3:34)
06. Atto secondo – Aria (Amadigi) (3:10)
07. Atto secondo – Aria (Oriana) (7:03)
08. Atto secondo – Aria (Oriana, Amadigi) (4:18)
09. Atto secondo – Duetto (Melissa, Amadigi) (4:31)
10. Atto secondo – Aria (Dardano) (5:39)
11. Atto secondo – Aria (dardano) (3:20)
12. Atto secondo – Aria (Oriana) (3:31)
13. Atto terzo – Aria (Oriana) (4:18)
14. Atto terzo – Aria (Melissa) (2:20)
15. Atto terzo – Duetto (Oriana, Amadigi) (4:15)
16. Atto terzo – Accompagnato (Ombra) (1:29)
17. Atto terzo – Aria (Amadigi) (4:41)
18. Atto terzo – Coro (2:40)

Stereo, DDD, mp3 (320 kbps), 169.49Mb, 72:23 minutes. Info, synopsis & covers included.

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