Baroque Opera Classics [Box Set]
By Sally Matthews; Anna Bonitatibus; Luca Pisaroni; Concerto Koln; Les Arts Florissants; Accademia Bizantina; Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera; Choir and Orchestra of The Drottningholms Slottseater; Les Talens Lyriques; Schwarzenberg Court Orchestra; Vojtech S. By George Frederic Handel; Francesco Cavalli; Giovanni Battista Pergolesi; Jean-Philippe Rameau; Giuseppe Scarlatti. Sound: Dolby Stereo; LPCM stereo; DTS Surround. Classical. 9 DVDs. Published by Opus Arte (NX.OA-1204BD).
Item Number: NX.OA-1204BD
Language: English; Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch.
La Didone is one of the earliest operas in existence, and Ercole Amante, at the time of its premiere, was the grandest show ever performed in Europe. By contrast, prior to its revival in the very Baroque gem of a theatre that hosted its premiere, the courtly farce Dove Ãˆ Amore Ãˆ Gelosia was virtually unknown, as was the hitherto neglected Deidamia, Handel's final Italian opera. The 18th-century Baroque theatre machinery at Drottningholm lends authenticity to Rameau's Zoroastre, as does the period Pergolesi Theatre at Jesi to the performance of Adriano in Siria. Sally Matthews is 'captivating' as Deidamia (New York Times), Anna Bonitatibus is an uncompromisingly intense Dido, and Luca Pisaroni's Hercules is by turns heroic and melodious. Specialist ensembles, including Concerto Koln, Les Arts Florissants and Les Talens Lyriques, bring apt nuance and colour to these sumptuous productions showcasing worthy masterworks of the Baroque.