Alan Curtis has done more than most to prove that many of Handel's 42 operas are first-rate music dramas – his Admeto, from 1979 (see page 465), was one of the first complete recordings of a Handel opera to feature period instruments and all voices at correct pitch without transpositions – but it is surprising to note that this is his first recording of an undisputed popular masterpiece. Rodelinda, first performed in February 1725, is a stunning work dominated by a title-heroine who remains devoted to her supposedly dead husband Bertarido and scorns the advances of his usurper Grimoaldo. The potency of Handel's score was enhanced by the complexity of the villain, whose lust-driven cruelty gradually crumbles into a desire to abdicate in order to find spiritual peace. The scene in which the penitent tyrant's life is saved from assassination by the fugitive Bertarido is among Handel's greatest dramatic moments. (Gramophone Classical Music Guide)
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Presenting John Carpenter & Alan Howarth’s complete score to the legendary 1986 20th Century Fox cult actioner BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter. Fully remastered and complete, for the first time anywhere, Carpenter & Howarth’s music demonstrates a mastery of synth composition and performance with an iconic score that is inseparable from the action and fun of the film itself. Truly music to “shake the pillars of heaven!” CD includes a 20-Page booklet with exclusive, in-depth liner notes that include comments from the co-composers. This is a limited edition of 3000 Units.