Handel: Ariodante

LABELS: Philips
WORKS: Ariodante
PERFORMER: Janet Baker, Edith Mathis, Norma Burrowes, James Bowman
CATALOGUE NO: 442 096-2 ADD Reissue
One of the great Handel operas, Ariodante finally makes its way on to CD in this reissue of Leppard’s classic (modern-instrument) 1979 account. Despite the current penchant for more historically informed performance practices, it stands the test of time well, an eminently stylish yet intensely dramatic reading, boasting a cast of distinguished Handelians at the height of their powers. Antony Bye