Works by Graun, Orlandini, Mattheson, Handel, Telemann, Magni, Sammartini et al
Ann Hallenberg (mezzo); Il Pomo d’Oro/Riccardo Minasi
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88875055982
Reviewed September 2015
As a subject for an opera, Agrippina was the Carmen of the 18th century – beautiful, ruthless, bewitching and power-hungry, her story inspired composers from Handel to Sammartini. Embracing this music, much of it recorded for the first time, the riveting Ann Hallenberg brings Agrippina to gripping life.