JOHANN ADOLF HASSE (1699-1783): Marc' Antonio e Cleopatra.
Catalogue Number: 09M022
Description: Hasse produced somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 stage works (opera seria, serenata and intermezzo); this release is remarkable for offering us his second, a serenata from 1725, four after his arrival in Naples and the beginning of his studies with Porpora and Alessandro Scarlatti. Its 90 minutes contain an introductory Sinfonia, eight arias, two duets and ten often dramatic recitatives. Needless to say, it shows the immense skill and promise of Hasse as opposed to the great opere serie in the decades to come. 2 CDs. Italian-English libretto. Ava Pine (soprano), Jamie Barton (mezzo), Ars Lyrica Houston; Matthew Dirst.