Ouverturen : Music For The Hamburg Opera
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Erlebach; Handel; Keiser; Schürmann; etc.
It was in such terms that the Hamburg town council described the status of music in the city's public life in the year 1615. Forty years after the opening of the first public opera house (in Venice), the date of 1678 marked the inauguration of its German equivalent: this was the stamping-ground of such masters as Keiser, Eerlebach and Schürmann, but also a certain young man named Georg Frideric Handel. This CD contains a selection of the finest overtures and orchestral suites from the Hamburg Opera's first forty years.