In his setting of Orlando (drawn from Tasso’s Orlando furioso), Handel offers a score of a remarkable dramatic power, diversity and originality. Everything in the opera arouses admiration: the extremely varied scoring, the exuberant vocal writing, the rhythmic invention, the subtle melodies.
With a fantastic vocal setup and his always excellent ensemble, Jean-Claude Malgoire has produced a recording that will permanently stay among the very best readings of the score. In words of The Daily Telegraph, “the playing of La Grande Écurie is excellent... Christophe Dumaux gives a fruity account of the tremendous mad scene”. Re-release K617.