• CPO5552052 Katalognummer
  • 761203520527 EAN
  • 4CD Format
  • 2019 Utgivelsesår
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Handel’s Almira with the BEMF
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. At the time
Reinhard Keiser was the director of the Hamburg Opera, and he merits great
praise for giving the young Handel, who then was earning his livelihood as
a second tutti violinist in the orchestra pit, to compose and present an
opera under his supervision. Handel’s Almira would as a work not be
imaginable apart from the special circumstances prevailing at the Hamburg
Opera: various styles and various languages are mixed, and it includes
German and Italian arias, vocal dance numbers and da capo pieces, as well
as instrumental ballet inserts of larger format. The result is indeed a
colorful mixture, and the melodic signature so typical of Handel is already
omnipresent and creates a fascinating unity – now heard with a top-quality


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