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Louise Fryer presents Bononcini's Act 2 and Handel's Act 3 from the collaborative opera Muzio Scevola. Plus 2008 Lucerne Festivals: Bach/Busoni: Chaconne in D minor. Plus Beethoven.

Handel Operas 2009

In conversation with Handel expert Donald Burrows, Louise Fryer explores the competition in 1721 between arch-rivals Handel and Bononcini over who was the best opera composer in London. Along with cellist Filippo Amadei, they were commissioned to each write an act for Muzio Schevola to a libretto set in Ancient Rome.

Filippo Amadei: Cantata: Il Pensiero
Alasdair Elliott (tenor)
Janiculum

Giovanni Bononcini: Muzio Scevola (highlights from Act 2)
Muzio ...... D'Anna Fortunato (mezzo-soprano)
Clelia ...... Julianne Baird (soprano)
Orazio ...... Erie Mills (soprano)
Irene ...... Jennifer Lane (mezzo-soprano)
Fidalma ...... Andrea Matthews (soprano)
Tarquinio ...... Frederick Urrey (tenor)
Porsenna ...... John Ostendorf (bass)
Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Rudolph Palmer (conductor)

2.35pm
Handel: Muzio Scevola (Act 3)
Muzio ...... D'Anna Fortunato (mezzo-soprano)
Clelia ...... Julianne Baird (soprano)
Orazio ...... Erie Mills (soprano)
Irene ...... Jennifer Lane (mezzo)
Fidalma ...... Andrea Matthews (soprano)
Tarquinio ...... Frederick Urrey (tenor)
Porsenna ...... John Ostendorf (bass)
Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Rudolph Palmer (conductor)

4.10pm 2008 Lucerne Festivals

More in a series showcasing the 2008 festivals in Switzerland - Easter, Summer and Piano.

Bach/Busoni: Chaconne in D minor
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 21 in C, Op 53 (Waldstein)
Llyr Williams (piano).

2 minutes

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