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Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva unearths incredible undiscovered arias from Carl Heinrich Graun in her new album, Carl Heinrich Graun: Opera Arias, released on Decca Classics on 14 April. The album features 11 world premiere recordings, as well as the closing piece "Mi paventi il figlio indegno," which initially inspired Julia to delve further into the works of Graun.
A musician of considerable accomplishment as Royal Kapellmeister to the Prussian king Frederick the Great, Graun was an important German composer of Italian baroque opera, but is almost unknown today. It was when preparing for a concert at Frederick's Sanssouci palace in Potsdam that Lezhneva first came into contact with an aria by Graun, "Mi paventi" from Britannico (1751).
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