JOHN ECCLES (1668-1735): Semele.
Catalogue Number: 02W022
Label: Academy of Ancient Music
Description: First professional recording of a notable early (c.1707) setting of the great English libretto by William Congreve better known in a version by Handel from 1744. A fascinating insight into how opera in England might have developed after Henry Purcell’s death had not Handel moved to London in 1712. 2 CDs. Libretto within a 198-page book included. Cambridge Handel Opera, Academy of Ancient Music; Julian Perkins.