Graun: Polydorus

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Label: CPO
Catalog: 555266-2
Format: CD

Grobe, Ralf; Harari, Alon; Barockwerk Hamburg; Heinemeyer, Andreas; Hochman, Ira; Zumsande, Hanna; Ludwig, Mirko; Karnite, Santa; Kuhnen, Fabian

The opera Polydorus penned 289 years ago last found a place in the performance program of the Gänsemarkt Opera in Hamburg in 1735. The libretto by Johann Samuel Müller depicts exchanges of identity, avaricious kings, queens bent on bloodthirsty revenge, and princes who despise their progenitors. The result is a retelling of the Polydorus legend combining Greek mythology and Shakespearean dramatic suspense. Carl Heinrich Graun, one of the best-known opera composers of the eighteenth century, wrote the emotionally moving music. The first performance in modern times by the barockwerk hamburg and the album recording of this opera rarity now being released have once again uncovered this genuinely original work and following the ensemble’s successes in recent years once again guarantee you a very special listening experience.

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