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    Default Handel Alcina on CD

    Ok what is your favorite CD set of this opera?

    Of the four I have listened to (Auger, Fleming, DiDonato, and Sutherland), my favorite is the DiDonato set where every voice is wonderful to my ear:




    My second favorite is Sutherland:




    These next two I could take or leave, and so long as I have the DiDonato set I'll leave them off my MP3 player.




    Tell me what are your favorites?
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    I don't have a recording, but I've heard the Sutherland/Wunderlich set and really enjoyed it.

    I think I'd also want something a little more historically informed, and so, if I were in the market for a recording, I'd probably go for the Curtis.
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    I listened to sound clips of this and found it to be an exceptionally good performance and in pretty decent sound so I had to order a copy. This should be relatively complete as it has three disks though the third disk also has some Giulio Cesare highlights (and wonderful too--if only a complete set were available with these singers!).


    I got rid of the Hickox set by giving it to my son after we attended Alcina live last month. Hickox was my least favorite. It remains to be seen if this Sutherland set beats out the DiDonato set for me.

    There is at least one other Sutherland set (besides Leitner and the one above) but it is only two disks. Great cover though:
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Apr-21-2019 at 00:02.
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