A desert island choice. Early Handel opera written for the opera house in Venice at the end of Handel's Italian trip. Soloists are superb, as is the conducting and orchestra. A treasure house of melody Handel later borrowed from in later operas. A classic, essential choice for any Handel collection. The McGegan version, now out of print, for Harmonia Mundi is also very good.
GARDINER AND FORCES PRESENT A SUPERB INTERPRETATION AND PERFORMANCE OF THIS HANDEL OPERA!On 26 December 1709 'Agrippina', Handel's first dramatic masterpiece, was produced in Venice, the homeland of opera. It was a triumph. The theater echoed shouts of 'Viva il caro Sassone' and the opera received no less than twenty-seven performances.The author of the libretto was Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani, a distinguished diplomat and Viceroy of Naples. Whether deliberately or by happy accident,he was able for the fir..
Handel: Agrippina being a recording under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner who leads the English Baroque Soloists on this Phillips recording from 1997. Ann Sophie Von Otter is amazing on this recording and being a fellow Swede I can only admit that I am quite proud of her prowess as a singer. The booklet contains 235 pages. It includes two well written essays. The first entitled "Humour with Human Commitment Handels 'Agrippina'" written by Winton Dean. The second one is a synopsis of the opera writt..