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Steffani: Orlando Generoso / Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa

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>Steffani, Agostino : Orlando generoso, opera in 3 acts
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

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At the end of the seventeenth century the rulers of the Duchy of Hanover, the Welph family, launched a cultural offensive and obtained the services of the Italian composer Agostino Steffani as court music director. Orlando generoso was Steffani's fourth opera. The libretto describes the conflict between personal emotionality and calculating power politics typical in the court society of the times: irreconcilable class differences plunge two lovers into madness. Steffani treats this theme with virtuosic and expressive vocal music. He combines Italian virtuosity and spontaneity with French elegance and refinement, thus creating his own, worldly tone.



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>Steffani, Agostino : Orlando generoso, opera in 3 acts
  • Performers: Daniel Lager (Alto); Franz Vitzthum (Countertenor); Wolf Friedrich (Bass); Jorg Waschinski (Voice); Susanne Rydén (Soprano); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano); Kai Wessel (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Bernward Lohr
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Galeriegebäde Hannover-Herrenhausen (06/29/2008-06/30/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live