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Handel's Rinaldo named Gramophone Choice

September 27, 2012

Gramophone magazine has named Christopher's 2000 recording of Handel's Rinaldo as The Gramophone Choice, describing it as "a welcome sight". The recording is available as audio CD or digital download from Decca.


4670872-copy.jpgGramophone Choice

David Daniels (Rinaldo), Cecilia Bartoli (Almirena), Gerald Finley (Argante), Luba Orgonášová (Armida), Bejun Mehta (Christian Sorcerer), Mark Padmore (Herald), Daniel Taylor (Eustazio), Bernarda Fink (Goffredo), Catherine Bott (Siren I), Ana-Maria Rincón (Donna, Siren II); Academy of Ancient Music / Christopher Hogwood

Decca L'Oiseau-Lyre 467 087-2OH03 (179' · DDD · T/t) Buy from Amazon

Gramophone has recently described Christopher's recording of Rinaldo, "the first complete studio recording for over 20 years", as "irresistible" with a "deluxe" cast. It praises his "typically neat and well-mannered" direction as well as his "unerring sense of tempo" throughout the opera.

The review concludes: "for all-round standard of performance and production [this version] currently wins hands down and it will take some beating."


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