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Conflict and Resolution

Donald Macleod focuses on three operas from key moments in Handel's career: Rinaldo, Radamisto and Alcina.

As Handel begins to make his way in London and the Italian opera craze takes a hold, Handel finds himself having to deal with competition from fellow-composers, and attempting to keep afloat under the onslaught of a rival opera company. Donald Macleod looks at the opera with which Handel introduced himself to the London public, two masterpieces staged at key moments in Handel's career as the demand for opera in London started to flag, and a curious work Handel wrote with his arch-rival.

1 hour

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Christopher HOGWOOD Performer: Academy Of Ancient Music

    • DECCA.
    • 467 087-2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Christopher HOGWOOD Performer: Gerald FINLEY - Bass Performer: Luba ORGONASOVA - Soprano Performer: Academy Of Ancient Music

    • Decca.
    • 4670872.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Radamisto - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Nicholas MCGEGAN Performer: Juliana GONDEK - Soprano Performer: Ralf POPKEN - Counter-tenor Performer: Baroque Chamber Orchestra

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU-907112.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Muzio Scevola - opera in 3 acts [with AMADEI and BONONCINI]

    Conductor: Rudolph PALMER Performer: John OSTENDORF - Bass Performer: Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra

    • Newport Classic.
    • NPD85540.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alcina - opera in 3 acts

    Performer: Alan CURTIS - Director Performer: Joyce DIDONATO - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Karina GAUVIN - Soprano Performer: Kobie van RENSBURG - Tenor Performer: Laura CHERICI - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Maite BEAUMONT - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Sonia PRINA - Contralto Performer: Vito PRIANTE - Bass Performer: Il COMPLESSO BAROCCO

    • ARCHIV.
    • 477-7374.

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