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Wydawnictwo: Orfeo
Nr katalogowy: C 230063
Nośnik: 3 CD
Data wydania: listopad 2022
EAN: 4011790476032
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Epoka muzyczna: barok
Obszar (język): niemiecki
Rodzaj: opera

Handel: Xerxes

Orfeo - C 230063
Xerxes, King of Persia - Fritz Wunderlich
Arsamenes, his brother - Naan Pöld
Amastris, a daughter of the king - Hertha Töpper
Romilda, daughter of Ariodates - Jean Cook
Atalanta, daughter of Ariodates - Ingeborg Hallstein
Ariodates, General of Xerxes - Karl Christian Kohn
Elviro, servant to Arsamenes - Max Proebstl
Bavarian Radio Choir
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Rafael Kubelik
Utwory na płycie:
Serse, HWV 40 (Sung in German):
Act I
Act II
This 1962 production of Xerxes was based on Rudolf Steglich’s 1958 edition, which closely follows the autograph score housed in the British Museum and uses a new German translation. The roles of Xerxes and Arsamenes, originally written for castrato sopranos, are here taken by tenor voices.

As regards the orchestral direction, Rafael Kubelík favours a reserved, rather than overblown, string sound and adopts discreet vibrato, Baroque terraced dynamics and tempo relationships that avoid extremes. For today’s listeners, therefore, his interpretation falls midway between the productions based on Oskar Hagen’s arrangement, which largely reflected a romantic interpretation of the Baroque, and the current period-sonority versions.

The star cast features Fritz Wunderlich, Naan Pöld, Hertha Töpper, Jean Cook, Ingeborg Hallstein, Carl Christian Kohn and Max Pröbstl, demonstrating how high the standards of opera production were at the time.

Recording: Herkulessaal der Münchner Residenz, 22-28 October 1962. Reedycja wydawnictwa C 476983.

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