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Classical Opera Company - Artaxerxes - The Scotsman


02 February 2011
The Scotsman
Kenneth Walton
4 Stars

Thomas Arne will forever be known as the composer of Rule, Britannia!, but his influence and place in musical history was considerably more significant. In Handel's wake he was London's foremost opera composer, and what is more, gave his audience opera in their native tongue.

Certain fates have obscured this prolificacy, such as the 1808 fire at London's Theatre Royal that destroyed the original performance material for his opera Artaxerxes. However, the conductor Ian Page engineered a reconstruction of the entire work for Covent Garden two years ago, including a complete new finale by Duncan Druce, which - through the stylistic virility of the Classical Opera Company and a cast bearing such vocal treasures as Christopher Ainslie (Artaxerxes) and Elizabeth Watts (Mandane) - is now available in this classy, crystal clear recording.
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