JOHANN ADOLF HASSE (1699-1783): Scenes and Arias from Cleofide.
Catalogue Number: 02K030
Label: Phoenix Edition
Description: This 1731 opera concerced Alexander's invasion of India and sets a Metastasio libretto with the title role premiered by Hasse's wife, the famous soprano Fausta Bordoni. Several of his most successful arias from his Naples years were integrated into this work for Dresden making it, probably, the summation of his career to that point. The complete recording from which these excerpts are taken lasted almost four hours and is out of print. No texts. Emma Kirkby, Agnes Mellon, Randall K. Wong (sopranos), Derek Lee Ragin, Dominique Visse, David Cordier (altos), Rheinische Kantorei, Cappella Coloniensis; William Christie. Original 1986 Capriccio release.