Notes & Reviews:
Together with Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Heinrich Graun was the chief representative of Italian Opera in Germany in the 18th century. The text of Montezuma was written by King Frederick II, with whom Graun had a close friendship. Montezuma is more than just a Baroque opera. This opera can allude to the history of its own nation. It directs our ear to the destiny of America and the destiny of Prussia, to the German's view, 200 years ago, of America, and American history as the mirror of its own.
Still, all criticisms aside, one must be very thankful that this recording exists to give us a glimpse of the skills of this now mostly forgotten composer. Graun's work, and this recording, are well worth the acquaintance of anyone interested in Baroque opera.
Recording information: Gürzenich, Köln (06/01/1992-06/05/1992).
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Works DetailsGraun, Carl Heinrich : Montezuma, opera
- Conductor: Johannes Goritzki
- Ensemble: Kammerchor Cantica Nova
- Notes: Gürzenich, Köln (06/01/1992-06/05/1992)
- Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta