[ Sony Classical Opera / 3 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Jean-Claude Malgoire conducts his Parisian ensemble, La Grande Ecurie et La Chambre du Roy, in a complete 1979 recording of Handel's delightful comic opera Serse, best known for its universally familiar opening aria "Ombra mai fu". The distinguished cast includes Carolyn Watkinson, Paul Esswood and Barbara Hendricks.
"This re-issue provides a welcome opportunity to reappraise one of the milestone recordings in the history of Handel opera. At the time few of the canon had been recorded, and still fewer in historically-informed practice, as here. Nearly forty years later the recorded sound remains clear and crisp, aided by the performers being recorded fairly closely and also benefitting from the generous church acoustic which surrounds them, and they exploit a sense of space and distance effectively as the drama dictates." Classical Source