GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759): Lotario, HWV 26.
Catalogue Number: 11T016
Reference: ACC 26408
Description: Composed in late 1729, this was Handel’s first new opera after the demise of the first Royal Academy of Music. Not a great success, it still ran for nine performances in the 1729-30 season. The notes tell us “What makes Handel’s music for Lotario so captivating is its highly prudent elaboration in polyphony, and it is rich in melodically resplendent arias.” Live recording from this year’s Göttingen International Handel Festival. 3 CDs. Italian-English libretto. Sophie Rennert, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen (mezzos), Marie Lys (soprano), Jorge Navarro Colorado (tenor), Göttingen Festival Orchestra; Laurence Cummings.