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Masters of the Opera, Vol. 1, 1642-1771
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frederick Handel, Johann Adolf Hasse
Masters of the Opera, Vol. 1, 1642-1771
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
 
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Too eclectic to make sense
03/26/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The three-star rating is derived as follows: five stars go to the excerpt from Cleofide, directed by Christie, and to the excerpts from Paride ed Elena and Xerxes. Three stars go to the remaining excerpts with the less than remarkable (but not hideous) countertenors Zaepffel and Kowalski. And the one-star rating goes to the truly HIDEOUS recordings from Poppea and Dardanus with Boris Christoff. So, as you see, the combined rating of nine stars divided between these three groups yields three stars on average. Geez, who came up with the idea to mix on one recording several good period performances with the hideously outdated, grotesquely ugly "modern" recordings with Christoff? It's a no-win situation. If you don't like period performances, you will scoff at the countertenor singing Ombra Mai Fu and will return to your Fritz Wunderlich recording of Xerxes. If you like period performances, the outdated Christoff recordings will KILL you. Either way, you should probably stay away."