This set brings together three of Handel’s most compelling works for the stage in lavish Glyndebourne productions featuring period-instrument accompaniment from the renowned Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. David McVicar directs an all-star cast in Giulio Cesare, combining serious insight with entertainment to bring the masterpiece to life, aided by vivid playing from the OAE under William Christie. In Robert Carsen’s fun-filled transformation of Rinaldo, lacrosse sticks and flying bicycles lend the fantasy’s warriors and witches contemporary chic, with conductor Ottavio Dantone leading a youthful cast from the keyboard in Handelian fashion. Director Barrie Kosky’s Glyndebourne debut, Saul stole the 2015 Festival season and had critics raving. The Glyndebourne chorus plays an outstanding role, and the OAE sparkles under Ivor Bolton, as the Old Testament story is retold in Handel’s time with witty anachronisms from costume designer Katrin Lea Tag.
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Giulio Cesare (2005) Giulio Cesare: Sarah Connolly Sesto: Angelika Kirchschlager Cleopatra: Danielle De Niese Cornelia: Patricia Bardon Achilla: Christopher Maltman Conductor: William Christie Director: David McVicar Designer: Robert Jones
Rinaldo (2011) Rinaldo: Sonia Prina Almirena: Anett Fritsch Argante: Luca Pisaroni Armida: Brenda Rae Conductor: Ottavio Dantone Director: Robert Carsen Designer: Gideon Davey
Saul (2016) Saul: Christopher Purves David: Iestyn Davies Merab: Lucy Crowe Michal: Sophie Bevan Jonathan: Paul Appleby High Priest: Benjamin Hulett Witch of Endor: John Graham-Hall Conductor: Ivor Bolton Director: Barrie Kosky Designer: Katrin Lea Tag
TV Directors: Robin Lough (Giulio Cesare); Francois Roussillon (Rinaldo, Saul) The Glyndebourne Chorus Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Picture: 16:9 Sound: 2.0 / 5.0 PCM (Giulio Cesare) Sound: 2.0 PCM + 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Rinaldo/Saul) Region code: All regions Running time: 232+79 mins (Giulio Cesare) 190+24 mins (Rinaldo) 185+10 mins (Saul) Subtitles: EN/FR/DE (+ SP/IT Guilio Cesare) (+ KO Saul)
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