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Monterverdi Choir / John Eliot Gardiner - Handel: Semele [2DVD]


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Format: 2DVD
Catalogue No.: 0880242576187
Release Date: 26th February 2021
Genre: Classical

“The greatest joy of the evening was generated by the wonderfully crisp and rhythmically alert singing of the Monteverdi Choir” Rupert Chistiansen
– ★★★★ The Telegraph

"Semele’s musical score is a glorious blend of irresistible solo arias - some virtuosic showstoppers, others lyrical, sensual and evocative, ensembles, duets, accompanied recitatives and (unlike his operas) imposing choruses. Still more than when I first performed it and recorded it almost forty years ago, I feel Semele’s time has finally come."
John Eliot Gardiner

• In Spring 2019, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, led by John Eliot Gardiner, presented a critically-acclaimed European tour of Handel’s opera 'Semele', including the performance at Alexandra Palace Theatre in London, where this live recording took place.
• Semele had not been performed by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi ensembles since they originally recorded it in the 1980s and this recording gives listeners the chance to hear a fuller version of the work
• A glamorous team of young soloists joins the Monteverdi ensembles to bring the story of Semele to life, including celebrated English soprano Louise Alder, who takes on the title role, with the young tenor Hugo Hymas portraying the amorous Jupiter.

• “A better interpretation can hardly be found.” El Punt Avui

• “The greatest joy of the evening was generated by the wonderfully crisp and rhythmically alert singing of the Monteverdi Choir.” Rupert Chistiansen
– ★★★★ The Telegraph

• “The Monteverdi Choir was on dazzling form and captivated with its ability to make sense of every word, every syllable.” Laurent Bury – Forum Opera

• “The show is a revelation.” Biagio Scuderi – Amadeus

• “Under the precise direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the sound of the English Baroque Soloists is sumptuous with roundness and sharpness.” Frédérique Epin - Olyrix

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner
Louise Alder Semele
Hugo Hymas Jupiter
Lucile Richardot Juno / Ino
Carlo Vistoli Athamas
Gianluca Buratto Cadmus / Somnus
Emily Owen Iris
Angela Hicks Cupid
Peter Davoren Apollo
Angharad Rowlands Augur
Daniel D’Souza High Priest

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