Handel - Semele (Blu-ray)
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Cat No: 4257614
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th January 2021
English Baroque Soloists
ConductorJohn Eliot Gardiner
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.
“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
“The greatest joy of the evening was generated by the wonderfully crisp and rhythmically alert singing of the Monteverdi Choir” – Rupert Chistiansen, The Telegraph ★★★★
“A better interpretation can hardly be found.” – El Punt Avui
“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
- Semele: Louise Alder
- Jupiter: Hugo Hymas
- Juno / Ino: Lucile Richardot
- Athamas: Carlo Vistoli
- Cadmus / Somnus: Gianluca Buratto
- Iris: Emily Owen
- Cupid: Angela Hicks
- Apollo: Peter Davoren
- Augur: Angharad Rowlands
Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0
Language/subtitles: E / D / J / K
Region code: All (A1/B2/C3)
Running time: 169 mins
Production: May 2019
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