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Keiser: Croesus Box set
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|1. Sinf Avanti L'opera Croesus - Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin/Rene Jacobs|
|2. Act I, Scene I. Coro: Croesus Herrsche, Croesus Lebe - RIAS-Kammerchor/Knabensolisten Knabenchor Hannover|
|3. Act I, Scene I. Recitativo: Ihr Edlen Lydier - Roman Trekel|
|4. Act I, Scene I. Aria: Prangt Die Allerschonste Blume - Roman Trekel|
|5. Act I, Scene II. Aria: Hoffe Noch, Gekranktes Herz! - Dorothea Roschmann|
|6. Act I, Scene II. Recitativo: Du Weisst, Wie Cyrus' Macht - Dorothea Roschmann|
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|1. Act II, Scene I. Ritornello - Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin/Rene Jacobs|
|2. Act II, Scene I. Duetto: Kleine Voglein, Die Ihr Springet - RIAS-Kammerchor/Knabensolisten Knabenchor Hannover|
|3. Act II, Scene II. Recitativo: Orsanes Treulos? - Werner Gura|
|4. Act II, Scene III. Recitativo: Seht, Wie Herr Elcius Ist Ein Politicus... - Kurt Azesberger|
|5. Act II, Scene III. Ballett Von Bauren Und Bauren-Kindern - Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin/Rene Jacobs|
|6. Act II, Scene IV. Duetto: Freundliche Liebe, Wie Freust Du Mein Herz! - Dorothea Roschmann/Salome Haller|
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|1. Act III, Scene I. Aria: Die Flamme Steigt - Klaus Hager|
|2. Act III, Scene I. Recitativo: Find' Ich Orsan So Fruh/Act III, Scene II. Aria... - Markus Schafer/Graham Pushee|
|3. Act III, Scene II. Recitativo: Ermin, Wie Ist Es Abgegangen? - Klaus Hager|
|4. Act III, Scene III. Recitativo: Der Himmel Sei Gepreist/Aria: Fuhlst Du Noch Der Liebe Kerzen - Dorothea Roschmann|
|5. Act III, Scene III. Recitativo: Schonstes Kind, Du Irrest Dich - Klaus Hager|
|6. Act III, Scene IV. Recitativo: Der Abgesandte Bringt Vom Feinde - Markus Schafer|
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Reinhard who? You may well ask. The passing years haven't been too kind to the man who, in his obituary (he died in 1739), was described as "the greatest opera composer in the world". And he was up against the likes of Handel, so the competition wasn't exactly soft. Unlucky for him, his music went out of fashion the moment he died, and then the prudes of the 19th century dismissed him on the basis of alleged dubious morality. So most of his operas (he composed more than 60) have been lost. Enter René Jacobs, knight in shining armour with a zeal for righting musical injustices. And we are certainly in his debt for this: Croesus is a masterly work. Admittedly you won't find the sublime arias with which Handel liked to adorn his operas but it's a good story (all the riches and glory in the world won't necessarily make you happy) which contains all the ingredients--heroic drama, star-crossed lovers and comedy--for a great night at the theatre. It also avoids the stop-go feeling of some baroque opera, precisely because it's not held up by long, eloquent arias in the Handelian mould. The singers and instrumentalists are, without exception, excellent, particularly Roman Trekel in the title role, the wonderful Dorothea Röschmann as Elmira (who loves Croesus's son, Atis) and Werner Güra in the role of Atis. It's no accident that this recording was made shortly after performing the work live--it really fizzes. If you like baroque opera in any shape or form then give this a go. Three discs for the price of two and an exemplary booklet containing texts, translations and an all-important synopsis. --Harriet Smith
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The cast of this recording is first class: Dorothea Röschmann, Werner Güra and Roman Trekel shine in particular, but all the cast is strong. Nice to see the famous Australian countertenor, Graham Pushee, in the cast, too. The RIAS-Kammerchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin make great noises. The period instrument orchestra is radiant throughout this recording. Keiser was a first class composer and I only hope more conductors are tempted to record his music in future. I can understand why Handel plundered and plagiarised Reinhard Keiser's music so often and so shamelessly.
This is a perfect recording of a Baroque opera. If you have any interest in Baroque opera at all, please consider this marvellous recording.
Just one word about the cover. We see a beautiful colour photograph from the stage production of this work. The whole package is excellent, apart from HARMONIA MUNDI's pointless "blurb" (a quote from a review) on the back cover, and this is how music like this should be presented.
The best way I can find to describe this Baroque opera's musical aspect to someone who has not heard it, is to imagine a collaboration between Bach and Handel, with Bach writing at least 90% of the recitatives and Handel at least 80% of the arias. (Those who are familiar with this opera: please feel free to criticize, but that's as close as I can come.) For lovers of Bach and Handel, this is delightfully easy listening, with some wonderful surprises. There are so many examples of the Baroque Italian opera, whether in Italy or in England; here is a truly excellent recording of Baroque opera in Germany (and in German).
Boxed set includes three discs in a tri-fold case and a separate booklet for the complete libretto in German with French and English translations on facing pages. Note: for some reason, disc 1 does not play in my computer, but is fine in my CD player. No problem with discs 2 and 3 in the computer; I didn't try them in the CD player.