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Almira, HWV1
composer
late 1704; first performed at the Goosemarket Theatre, Hamburg, 8 January 1705; suite reconstructed by Peter Holman
author of text
author of text
after Giulio Pancieri

Recordings
'Handel in Hamburg' (CDH55324)
Handel in Hamburg
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55324  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Handel: Opera Arias' (CDS44271/3)
Handel: Opera Arias
Buy by post £16.50 CDS44271/3  3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1' (CDA66860)
Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66860  Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3  
Details
Act 3. Aria: Vedrai s' a tuo dispetto (Almira)
Track 2 on CDA66860 [4'39] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 2 on CDS44271/3 CD1 [4'39] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Overture 2: Second Overture in G minor
Track 1 on CDA66860 [4'26] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 1 on CDS44271/3 CD1 [4'26] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Suite. Movement 1: Ouverture
Track 1 on CDH55324 [3'58] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Suite. Movement 2: Courante
Track 2 on CDH55324 [1'16] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Suite. Movement 3: Bourrée
Track 3 on CDH55324 [0'35] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Suite. Movement 4: Menuet
Track 4 on CDH55324 [0'43] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Suite. Movement 5: Rigaudon
Track 5 on CDH55324 [0'56] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Suite. Movement 6: Rondeau
Track 6 on CDH55324 [1'18] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Suite. Movement 7: Sarabande
Track 7 on CDH55324 [2'13] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Suite. Movement 8: Gigue
Track 8 on CDH55324 [0'59] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Suite. Movement 9: Chaconne
Track 9 on CDH55324 [1'26] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Almira, HWV1
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Almira was written late in 1704 and first produced at the Goosemarket Theatre in Hamburg on 8 January 1705. The libretto was intended for Keiser and actually set to music by him, but he seems to have been forced to leave Hamburg for a while before the opera could be produced. Handel was asked to provide a new setting so that the scenes and costumes already in preparation would not be wasted. Handel’s score is preserved in a slightly incomplete manuscript used by Telemann for a revival in 1732. The manuscript contains two overtures, the original in B flat being supplemented by a second in G minor. Chrysander did not include it in his edition of Almira, probably because he thought it was one of Telemann’s additions, but Handel’s authorship is confirmed by Tim Crawford’s discovery of an arrangement for lute, attributed to Handel and dating from around 1712, and by Handel’s reuse of the music in other contexts. The opening bars reappear in the Sinfonia that begins his Chandos anthem The Lord is my Light (1717/18), while the themes of the Allegro are reworked in the overture to The Triumph of Time and Truth (1757, but perhaps based on an earlier model).

The libretto of Almira was translated and adapted by F C Feustking from an earlier libretto by Giulio Pancieri, but fifteen of the arias were left in the original Italian. It is a comic opera, full of complex court intrigues surrounding the love between Almira, Queen of Castile, and Fernando, her private secretary—a love that cannot be admitted by either of them, as Almira is contracted to marry a son of her old counsellor and Fernando is believed to be an orphan of lowly birth. Needless to say, it is eventually revealed that he has the appropriate parentage and all ends well, but not before he has been condemned to death because Almira mistakenly believes he is having an affair with someone else. In ‘Vedrai s’ a tuo dispetto’ she gives vent to jealous rage: the vocal line has the hectic brilliance found in several arias in this opera, but here especially apt to the dramatic sense.

from notes by Anthony Hicks © 1996

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Details for CDA67053 track 6
Suite Movement 6: Rondeau
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-05306
Duration
1'18
Recording date
5 December 1997
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel in Hamburg (CDA67053)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: October 1998
    Superseded by CDH55324
  2. Handel in Hamburg (CDH55324)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: January 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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