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Handel: Semele ()

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composed by George Frederick Handel

Handel called Semele, HWV 58, a musical drama after the manner of an oratorio, and that mixture of modes, plus the work's failure at its first performance (it was considered too risqué for the stolid middle-class English crowd with its secular text on the topic of adultery), consigned it to obscurity until the late 20th century. Even then, Semele remained a bit underrated. The "manner of an oratorio" description indicates the presence of numerous choruses, integral to the action, and not all choirs have made these come ...

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Handel: Semele
2020, SDG (Soli Deo Gloria)

UPC: 843183073320


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