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Christopher Hogwood

Handel: Orlando (2CD)

Completed in 1719 and first performed in 1733, Handel’s opera seria Orlando is widely recognised as one of the eighteenth century’s greatest operas. One of the work’s most acclaimed recordings is that of Christopher Hogwood, with a stellar line-up of Baroque vocal specialists, including James Bowman, in the title role and Emma Kirkby and David Thomas. In this recording the orchestral layout is modelled on contemporary illustrations of opera orchestras, with first violins and woodwind in front of the second violins and violas, and with cellos, basses and the two harpsichords placed at the sides. Previously on three CDs, the recording is now reissued as a generous 2CD set.


Orlando: James Bowman
Angelica: Arleen Augér
Medoro: Catherine Robbin
Dorinda: Emma Kirkby
Zoroastro: David Thomas
The Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood