Opera arias by Carl Heinrich Graun

lezhnevaCarl Heinrich Graun isn’t exactly a household name today but he was court composer to the extremely musical Frederick the Great who was fond of both his flute and the opera when he wasn’t too busy being beastly to the Austrians.  Anyway, Graun composed a ton of opera and based on the arias on this disk it’s surprising that they are almost completely neglected.  The only Graun opera I have seen is Montezuma which got a video recording in Bayreuth about thirty five years ago so I was quite keen to see what else he had done.

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