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Ferdinand Leitner, Cappella Coloniensis, Joan Sutherland, Fritz Wunderlich - Handel: Alcina [2008/1959]
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Handel - Alcina (Ferdinand Leitner, Joan Sutherland, Fritz Wunderlich) [2008/1959]
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon 002894778017 | TT: 73.35+78.18 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 729 Mb

This recording is the first official release in any format of this once-in-a-lifetime concert performance featuring Dame Joan Sutherland and Fritz Wunderlich. In 1959 performances of Handel were just beginning to embrace the original instrument movement making this recording an invaluable historic record of performance practice. In addition to musicological interest, the CDs present Joan Sutherland at the beginning of her illustrious career in the full bloom of youth. She was flown in as a last minute replacement for the scheduled soprano and proceeded to give a virtuoso performance of the demanding title role. Full of Handel's gorgeous melodies and with vocal fireworks in bountiful supply, it is no wonder that Sutherland completely awed the German public. She is joined by Fritz Wunderlich, the acclaimed German tenor, in their one-and-only collaboration. He as well was a last minute replacement and rises to the exacting demands of Handel. His rich and pliant tone is perfectly suited to the technical and dramatic demands of the opera.
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