Julia Lezhneva: Handel

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Julia Lezhneva: Handel



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6th Nov 2015




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Julia Lezhneva: Handel


Disserratevi oh porte d’Averno (from La Resurrezione)

Lascia la spina (from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)

Agrippina: Overture

Salve Regina, HWV 241

Pensieri, voi mi tormentate! (from Agrippina)

Un pensiero nemico di pace (from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)

Felicissima quest'alma from Apollo e Dafne

Come nembo che fugge col vento (from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)

Pure del cielo intelligenze eterne (from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)

Tu del ciel ministro eletto (Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)

Dixit Dominus, HWV 232: Tecum principium

Per dar pregio all'amor mio (from Rodrigo)



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The emphasis for this album is very much on youth and prodigious talent: at 25, Julia Lezhneva is ideally suited to the soprano arias of the young Handel, who arrived in Italy from Germany as a 21 year old at the beginning of the 18th century.

She has the perfect partners in Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini whose recordings of music from the Italian baroque are celebrated for their “fizzing virtuosity” and “exquisite cushion of sound” (The Independent). For some tracks the orchestra is led by Dmitry Sinkovsky, the extraordinary Russian violinist and one of today’s most versatile Baroque musicians.

The music encompasses the best of Handel’s operatic and religious works from his years in Florence and Rome: the operas Rodrigo and Agrippina and the oratorios Il Trionfo and La Resurrezione as well as the complete Salve Regina and soprano solo from Dixit Dominus. Best known is the radiant “Lascia la spina” from Il Trionfo and its later incarnation as “Lascia ch'io pianga” from the opera Rinald.o

The recording was made in the famously musical and historic Italian city of Cremona in the beautiful auditorium of the Museo del Violino.

George Frideric Handel: La Resurrezione (1708), HWV 47 / Parte Prima

"Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno"

George Frideric Handel: Rodrigo, HWV 5 / Act 1

"Per dar pregio all’amor mio"

George Frideric Handel: Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a - Oratorio

"Lascia la spina cogli la rosa"

George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232

Tecum principium in die virtutis

George Frideric Handel: Agrippina, HWV 6


George Frideric Handel: Salve Regina HWV 241

Salve Regina

Ad te clamamus

Eia ergo, advocata nostro

O clemens, o pia

George Frideric Handel: Agrippina, HWV 6 / Act 2

"Pensieri, voi mi tormentate!"

George Frideric Handel: Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a - Oratorio

"Un pensiero nemico di pace"

George Frideric Handel: Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122

"Felicissima quest'alma"

George Frideric Handel: Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a - Oratorio

"Come nembo che fugge col vento"

"Pure del cielo intelligenze eterne"

"Tu del Ciel ministro eletto"

The Guardian

12th November 2015


“Lezhneva’s bell-like soprano is one of the most exciting emerging voices around, and she doesn’t disappoint in this recital of early Handel. Surely no instrumentalist’s fingers can move faster than Lezhneva’s vocal cords; she is able to somersault with the violin, hold her tone straight like the oboe, and then out-trill both of them. So there is lots to admire here – but also lots to love.”

The Independent

12th November 2015

“Her long-held notes in “Per dar pregio all’amor mio” are unwavering, while the fluttering coloratura passages separating them are positively birdlike; and the clarity and power of her intonation in “Disserratevi, o porte d’Averno” is quite outstanding. Lezhneva proves equally adept at secular and sacred demands”

New York Times

24th November 2015

“in “Disserratevi, o porte d’Averno,” the opening track of this impressive but curiously aloof recording, the young Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva runs circles around the instrumentalist with her pert and fleet coloratura.”

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