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Handel - Arias

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4824759

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 11th August 2017

Contents

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Acis and Galatea, HWV49
» O ruddier than the cherry
Admeto, Re di Tessaglia, HWV22
» Cangio d'aspetto (How changed the vision)
Alcina, HWV34
» Ombre pallide
» Pensa a chi geme
» Tornami a vagheggiar
» Verdi prati, selve amene
Alexander's Feast, HWV75
» Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries
Alexander Balus, HWV65
» Convey me to some peaceful shore
Atalanta, HWV35
» Come, my beloved (Care selve) (Act 1)
Berenice, HWV38
» Si, tra i ceppi
Cantata HWV96 'Cor fedele'
» Come la rondinella
Esther, HWV50
» Tune your harps to cheerful strains
» Turn not, O Queen, thy face away
Ezio, HWV29
» Se un bell'ardire
Giulio Cesare, HWV17
» Da tempeste
» V'adoro pupille
Hercules, HWV60
» The god of battle (Act 1)
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV63
» Arm, arm ye brave
Ottone, Re di Germania, HWV15
» La speranza
» Vieni, o figlio, e mi consola
Partenope, HWV27
» Voglio dire
Rinaldo, HWV7
» Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)
Rodelinda, HWV19
» Lascia ch'io pianga
Samson, HWV57
» Honour and arms scorn such a foe
» Let the bright Seraphim
» With plaintive note
Semele, HWV58
» Leave me, loathsome light
Susanna, HWV66
» Peace crown'd with roses
Theodora, HWV68
» Wide spread his name

Artists

Joan Sutherland (soprano)
Bernadette Greevy (contralto)
Forbes Robinson (bass)
Hervey Alan (bass)
William Herbert (tenor)

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Acis and Galatea, HWV49
» O ruddier than the cherry
Admeto, Re di Tessaglia, HWV22
» Cangio d'aspetto (How changed the vision)
Alcina, HWV34
» Ombre pallide
» Pensa a chi geme
» Tornami a vagheggiar
» Verdi prati, selve amene
Alexander's Feast, HWV75
» Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries
Alexander Balus, HWV65
» Convey me to some peaceful shore
Atalanta, HWV35
» Come, my beloved (Care selve) (Act 1)
Berenice, HWV38
» Si, tra i ceppi
Cantata HWV96 'Cor fedele'
» Come la rondinella
Esther, HWV50
» Tune your harps to cheerful strains
» Turn not, O Queen, thy face away
Ezio, HWV29
» Se un bell'ardire
Giulio Cesare, HWV17
» Da tempeste
» V'adoro pupille
Hercules, HWV60
» The god of battle (Act 1)
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV63
» Arm, arm ye brave
Ottone, Re di Germania, HWV15
» La speranza
» Vieni, o figlio, e mi consola
Partenope, HWV27
» Voglio dire
Rinaldo, HWV7
» Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)
Rodelinda, HWV19
» Lascia ch'io pianga
Samson, HWV57
» Honour and arms scorn such a foe
» Let the bright Seraphim
» With plaintive note
Semele, HWV58
» Leave me, loathsome light
Susanna, HWV66
» Peace crown'd with roses
Theodora, HWV68
» Wide spread his name

Artists

Joan Sutherland (soprano)
Bernadette Greevy (contralto)
Forbes Robinson (bass)
Hervey Alan (bass)
William Herbert (tenor)

About

A newly compiled anthology of Decca recordings on Eloquence surveys the healthy state of Handel singing in England in the 1960s, before this music became the preserve of musicians and singers within the period-instrument movement.

This generous (145-minute) collection is based around a pair of newly re-mastered recital albums made by the contralto Bernadette Greevy and the bass Forbes Robinson. Greevy was a true contralto in the tradition of Kathleen Ferrier, Helen Watts, Janet Baker and Norma Procter. Her 1965–66 recital was drawn from a wide range of Handel’s Italian operas (Ottone, Partenope, Alcina, Admeto, Rodelinda, Rinaldo, Atalanta), and it displayed the richness of her voice to fullest advantage, as well as formidable vocal technique and excellent Italian diction. Robinson’s 1966 recital represents a wide spectrum of the composer’s music in opera, ode, masque and oratorio from 1719 through the 1740s, including familiar favourites (‘O ruddier than the cherry’ in Acis and Galatea) alongside much rarer delights such as ‘Si, tra i ceppi’ from the early Berenice.

Decca led the way in the Handel revival of the 1950s. A trail-blazing Messiah, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, presented the oratorio in an authentic version with up-to-date scholarship. It was followed by Sosarme and Semele on the label’s early-music imprint, L’Oiseau-Lyre. The very first L’Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP was ‘Music of Handel’, issued in January 1959 and excerpted here. It featured two well-established British singers, the tenor William Herbert and the bass Hervey Alan. There was also the newcomer from Australia, Joan Sutherland: the two Handel arias from Alcina she recorded for L’Oiseau-Lyre was her very first recording for the Decca group. Some of her freshest singing dates from her early years, with the 1958 and 1959 Handel performances representing her vocal art at its purest.

The compilation is completed with Sutherland in full flight, excerpted from the 1964 Giulio Cesare and the two albums that made her name, ‘The Art of the Prima Donna’ (1960) and ‘The Art of Bel Canto’ (1964).

‘Sutherland sings with a beautiful tone, a sure technique and a true feeling for the style of the music. She makes it all sound so easy too. The accompaniments are well played and the recording is first rate.’ - Opera magazine, March 1959 (Music of Handel)

‘A mouthwatering recital of bass lollipops from Handel’s operas and oratorios… This is easily the most enjoyable record of the kind that has come my way.’ - Peter le Huray in Audio Record Review, May 1967 (Robinson)

Tracks:
Italic
CD 1
Ottone: Vieni, o figlio
Partenope: Voglio dire
Alexander Balus: Convey me to some peaceful shore
Alcina: Verdi prati
Ottone: La speranza
Admeto: Cangio d’aspetto
Rodelinda: Dove sei
Rinaldo: Lascia ch’io pianga
Atalanta: Care selve
Clori, Tirsi e Fileno: Come la rondinella
- Bernadette Greevy (contralto)

Alcina: Tornami a vagheggiar
Alcina: Ombre pallide
Giulio Cesare: V’adoro, pupille
Giulio Cesare: Da tempeste il legno infranto
Samson: With plaintive noteItalic
Samson: Let the bright seraphim
- Joan Sutherland (soprano)

CD 2
Esther: Tune your harps to cheerful strains*
- William Herbert (tenor)

Esther: Turn not, O Queen, thy face away*
- Hervey Alan (bass)

Alexander’s Feast: Revenge, Timotheus cries
Ezio: Se un bell’ardire
Susanna: Peace crown’d with roses
Hercules: The god of battle
Acis and Galatea: O ruddier than the cherry*
Theodora: Wide spread his name
Judas Maccabaeus: Arm, arm ye brave*
Berenice: Si, tra i ceppi*
Semele: Leave me, loathsome light
Alcina: Pensa a chi geme
Samson: Honour and arms
- Forbes Robinson (bass)

* First international release on Decca CD

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