Handel - The Triumph of Time & Truth
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Cat No: DCD34135
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 30th June 2014
ArtistsSophie Bevan (soprano)
Mary Bevan (soprano)
Tim Mead (countertenor)
Ed Lyon (tenor)
William Berger (bass)
In their third disc for Delphian, Ludus Baroque and five stellar soloists bring to life Handel’s rarely heard final oratorio, a remarkable Protestant re-casting of a work written 50 years earlier to a text by the young composer’s Roman patron Cardinal Pamphili.
Compelled by Time and Truth to accept the divine order of change and decay, Beauty ultimately gives way – as with the aging composer himself – to an assertion of redemption by good works, reflected in the incorporation of choruses Handel had written for the Foundling Hospital.
The resulting work, neglected by centuries of scholarship on account of its hybrid origins, here proves an extraordinary feast of riches, and the ideal vehicle for Richard Neville-Towle’s carefully assembled cast of exceptional soloists, vigorous, intelligent chorus and an orchestra made up from some of the UK’s leading period instrumentalists.
Formed in 1998 under the direction of Richard Neville-Towle, this ‘crack group of British early musickers’ (The New York Times) prides itself on the exuberance and energy of its performances, specialising in great works of the early music repertoire.
With sisters Mary and Sophie Bevan jousting with one another in the roles of Deceit and Beauty, these discs make for revelatory listening.
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