REINHARD KEISER (1674-1739): Fredegunda.
Catalogue Number: 02K022
Description: The first great German opera composer is woefully under-represented in the recording catalogues, so this 1715 work, premiered in Hamburg, is a boon to collectors (performed by advanced and master-class students at several Bavarian music academies) and highlights Keiser's preference for Italianate melody before all else. He was highly praised by Mattheson and Scheibe while Handel borrowed many melodic ideas from his works. 2 CDs. Libretto available on-line. Dora Pavlíková, Bianca Koch, Katja Stuber (sopranos), Tomi Wendt (baritone), Tomo Matsubara (tenor), Munich Neue Hofkapelle; Christoph Hammer.