Bononcini - Griselda (highlights)
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Label: Australian Eloquence
Cat No: ELQ4805381
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 5th January 2015
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Bonynge recorded three largely forgotten Baroque operas - Graun's Montezuma, Bononcini's Griselda (both in highlight form) and Shield's Rosina (complete). All three recordings emanated from the 1960s, and many included Australians in the casts, among them Lauris Elms, Joan Sutherland, Monica Sinclair, Margreta Elkins and Kenneth MacDonald.
Giovanni Bononcini was born in 1670, in Modena, into a family of musicians and composers. He was taught first by his father, and then by G P Colonna in Bologna. In 1719 the Royal Academy of Music was founded in London with the purpose of setting up a fund to support Italian opera. Handel was its chief composer and musical director, but Bononcini was also contracted as one of the composers.
Griselda was first performed in London on 22 February 1722 with a libretto by Paolo Antonio Rolli.
‘Monica Sinclair rattles through three octaves with enough masculinity for the whole cast. In the title role Lauris Elms sings with charm, and makes much of her opportunities.’ - Gramophone
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