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Monteverdi Choir - English Baroque Soloists - Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Adapted from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Haendel's Semele is on the border between opera and oratorio. After recording it with the Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner proposes a "concert" version. With Semele, Haendel succumbs to the temptation to write an English opera. Composed in 1743 and premiered in 1744 at the Covent Garden Theater, the work remains one of the most beautiful lyric pages of Georg Friedrich Haendel. The libretto, written by Newburgh Hamilton on texts by William Congreve, recounts the loves of Semele, mother of Dionysus, and Jupiter, the latter capturing it in the form of an eagle. It is to forget a little too quickly, from the almighty God, the anger of his wife Juno, who will use all his magic to defeat the idyll. Opera or secular oratorio, the work contains many scenes and arias (including the beautiful "Endless pleasure, endless love") sensual and charming. The reading given by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, author of many reference recordings of Haendel's works, is distinguished by its finesse and sensitivity.
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