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KEISER, R.: Fredegunda [Opera] (Munich Neue Hofkapelle, C. Hammer)

Composer(s):Keiser, Reinhard
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660231-32
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Regarded in his day as equal to Handel and Telemann, Reinhard Keiser composed more than one hundred operas, of which Fredegund , set partly in German and partly in Italian, was one of the most popular. It explores the politically volatile relationships between the sixth century Frankish king, Chilperich, whose ambitious mistress Fredegunda is prepared to use magic to become his queen, although Chilperich is betrothed to Princess Galsuinde and Fredegunda also has a secret relationship with Langerich. This important and entertaining German Baroque opera abounds in melodious, often ravishingly orchestrated, music.


Review By Esther Kraß,,November 2009


Ehrgeiz und Macht


Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2009

Reviewing a recent ‘live’ performance of Reinhard Keiser’s The Fortunes of King Croesus, I described him as one of the great and unjustly neglected Baroque composers. Living at much the same time as Bach and Handel, Keiser frequently showed more interest in harmonic adventure than either of them, though after his death his prodigious output—including over a hundred operas—went into early decline. That in part was due to the collapse of the Hamburg Opera which came before the dissemination of his operas they had premiered. Fredegunda was one of the few that had travelled outside of the city and had staked a permanent place in the repertoire. The opera story followed that of the oft used love triangle, in this instance between King



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