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SIGCD713 (Signum Classics, CD, 2 discs)
FIRST RELEASE (3 June 2022)
Playing time: 142'36"
Tracks: 19 + 24
Booklet pages: 48
℗ 2022 Signum Records Ltd
© 2022 Signum Records Ltd
Main country of recording: United Kingdom
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Caio Fabbricio published on 3 May 2022
Fleur Barron, mezzo-soprano (Pirro)
Morgan Pearse, baritone (Ciao Fabbricio)
Miriam Allan, soprano (Sestia)
Anna Gorbachyova-Ogilvie, soprano (Volusio)
Hannah Poulsom, mezzo-soprano (Bircenna)
Helen Charlston, mezzo-soprano (Turio)
Jess Dandy, contralto (Cinea)
London Early Opera
Bridget Cunningham, harpsichord, director
Recorded 1-5 September 2021 in All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, UK.
Conductor and harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham premieres Handel's pasticcio opera Caio Fabbricio on record, originally performed in London in 1733 and based on an earlier opera by Johann Adolf Hasse (1732). This is London Early Opera's eighth album in its Handel series with Signum, and it contains some of the finest eighteenth-century Neapolitan arias by composers including Leonardo Vinci and Leonardo Leo, selected and arranged by Handel who composed his own dramatic recitatives in addition. London Early Opera is a dynamic group of baroque instrumentalists, singers, music teachers, researchers, historians and musicologists making baroque music and opera relevant today. As Artistic Director of London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham is a leading exponent of baroque music and has explored Handel's life and work through multiple recording and research projects, of which this album is the latest.