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Playing: Concerto no. 1 in G minor Op.25 for piano and orchestra by Felix Mendelssohn
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Tamerlano, Acts 1 and 2

Duration:
2 hours, 58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 23 April 2009

As part of BBC Radio 3's complete cycle of Handel operas, Penny Gore presents the tragic tale of Bajazet and Asteria, a proud Ottoman Sultan and his beautiful daughter, captured by the vicious Tartar Emperor Tamerlano. A work without the 'lieto fine' or happy ending, so beloved of Handel's London opera audiences, it is considered to be Handel's deepest, darkest and most 'Shakespearean' opera.

Handel: Tamerlano (Acts 1 and 2)

Tamerlano ...... Monica Bacelli (contralto)
Bajazet ...... Tom Randle (tenor)
Asteria ...... Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz (soprano)
Andronico, her lover ...... Graham Pushee (countertenor)
Irene, Princess betrothed to Tamerlano ...... Anna Bonitatibus (mezzo-soprano)
Leone, Andronico's sidekick ...... Antonio Abete (bass)
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock (director).

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