OP0403. TOLOMEO (Handel), recorded 1995, w. Richard Auldon Clark Cond. Manhattan Chamber Orch.; Jennnifer Lane, Brenda Harris, Andrea Matthews, Mart Ann Hart, Peter Castaldi, etc. 3-Vox 7530, w.23pp. Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 047163753022
“Handel was an opera composer comparable to Verdi and Wagner and considerably more productive. He wrote in a style that began to be unfashionable in his lifetime (1685-1759) and became completely obsolete in the 19th century. But that style now has a large, enthusiastic following once again; more than half of Handel's 40-plus operas have been recorded in recent years, and he has even been produced at such bastions of 19th-century conservatism as the Metropolitan Opera.
TOLOMEO, recorded for the first time on these discs, had no performances between 1733 and 1938. Its plot deserves no better; it is a cliché-ridden fantasy about amorous and political complications in the life of an Egyptian prince driven into exile and living in disguise as a peasant. But it serves well as a framework and emotional pretext for a variety of superb arias and instrumental pieces - including two harpsichord suites. There is an excellent cast of young American singers, headed by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane and soprano Brenda Harris, and Richard Auldon Clark conducts a well-styled performance.”
- Joseph McLellan, THE WASHINGTON POST, 11 Aug., 1996