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Handel: Serse ()

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Back in the nineteenth century, humorist Edward Lear wrote in his Nonsense Alphabet the following verse for the letter "X:" "X was King Xerxes, whom Papa much wished to know; but this he could not do, because Xerxes died long ago." Much of the same condition can be applied to George Frideric Handel's 1738 opera about Xerxes, properly referred to in Italian as Serse. It is known by one very famous excerpt, the Largo or Ombrai mai fu, but as an integral unit the three-act opera has seldom demonstrated much staying power in ...

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Handel: Serse
2004, Virgin Veritas

UPC: 724354571121

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