GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759): Rodrigo, HWV 5.
Catalogue Number: 05K028
Reference: AM 132
Description: Handel's first Italian opera, (Florence, 1707), shows the young Saxon fitting into Italian operatic style as to the manner born. The sorry state of the score (large portions of it didn't survive) has prevented us from hearing it until recently but much musicological work has finally allowed Virgin Classics (1997) and now Ambroisie to make a reasonably complete and authentic reconstructed recording of it. 3 CDs. Italian-English libretto. Maria Riccarda Wesseling (mezzo), María Bayo, Sharon Rostorf-Zamir (sopranos), Kobie van Rensburg (tenor), Max Emanuel Cencic (countertenor), Al Ayre Español; Eduardo López Banzo.