Francesco Cavalli - Il Giasone
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Label: Harmonia Mundi - Heritage
Cat No: HMY292128284
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 15th September 2014
The plot is loosely based on the story of Jason [Giasone] and the Golden Fleece, but the opera contains many comic elements too, as well as an abundance of satire.
This was the most performed opera of the whole 17th century, and if you're looking for an Italian opera that's even more exciting and accessible than Monteverdi's 'Coronation of Poppea', you need go no further.
Recorded in 1988.
"At the moment Renť Jacobsí recording is still the prime recording of this work." - Robert Hugill, musicweb-international.com
"Cavalliís opera is a strangely distorted retelling of the myth of Jason, made all the more bizarre by intercutting the tragi-heroic story with comic commedia dellíarte-like scenes...there are some gorgeous musical moments, and overall the work is curiously compelling. Michael Chance paints a convincing portrait of Jasonís ambiguous character, Gloria Banditelli makes an icily imposing Medea, and Catherine Dubosc a suitably anguished Hypsipyle." - Kate Bolton, classical-music.com ****/*****
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