One of the outstanding composers of his day, Johann Adolph Hasse was seen as possessing “the same qualities of true genius, taste and judgment” as his librettist Pietro Metastasio. Didone abbandonata represents the once hugely popular 18th-century genre of opera seria, exploring the same tragic story as Purcell’s earlier Dido and Aeneas while expanding the heroine’s conflicts between regal duties, love, and helplessness in the face of desertion.
"...The Munich Hofkapelle is another European group specialising in music of the period, here offering music-making that is an aural pleasure, painting Hasse’s colourful score with winning combinations of sound...."
John T Hughes - International Record Review - May 2013
***** - Very Good
Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - April 2013