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HASSE, J.A.: Antonio e Cleopatra [Opera] (Dirst)

Composer(s):Hasse, Johann Adolf
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue DSL-92115
Label Dorian Sono Luminus
Quality   320kbps


Watch these two!
Review By JD88992,March 2011

Hasse's work--imagining the final hours of the Roman general and the Egyptian queen--is neither an opera nor an oratorio (there's no chorus), but offers interesting, if not unforgettable, music. Surprisingly, though the piece runs nearly 90 minutes, the singers are only heard together twice. Those duets are worth waiting for.

Director Matthew Dirst has tinkered with the scoring to add woodwinds for this first complete recording, but only the most rabid purist will object when his orchestra plays as well as any period band out there. Of course, the real attraction of this set is the soloists, neither of whom I'd heard before. The way they deliver the goods here, I don't think it's going too far to predict soprano Ava Pine and mezzo Jamie Barton will be heard again and again more....

Review By John Terauds, Toronto Star,September 2010

One couldn’t ask for a finer world-premiere recording of this 1725 operatic dialogue between Cleopatra and her lover, Marc Antony. German composer Johann Adolf Hasse’s gorgeous score glows under Matthew Dirst’s direction. The singers on this two-CD set are a pleasure, too: soprano Ava Pine as Cleopatra and mezzo Jamie Barton (Emilia in the Canada Opera Company’s recent production of Verdi’s Otello) as her lover.


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