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“Beyond a forgivable desire to rehabilitate the Handel tenor, I have tried in this recording to represent one essential but fugitive quality of Handel’s - his protean nature, his ability to recreate himself while remaining essentially the same.” Ian Bostridge
Handel: Semele - Where'er You Walk
Handel: Messiah - Comfort Ye
Handel: Messiah - Ev'ry Valley
Handel: Serse - Frondi Tenere
Handel: Serse - Ombra Mai Fu
Handel: La Resurrezione - Cosi La Tortorella
Handel: Acis & Galatea - Love Sounds Th'alarm
Handel: Acis & Galatea - Love In Her Eyes Sits Playing
Handel: Acis & Galatea - Happy We!
Handel: Ariodante - Scherza Infida
Handel: Ariodante - Dopo Notte
Handel: Samson - Total Eclipse!
Handel: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato - As Steals The Morn
Handel: Jephtha - Hide Thou Thy Hated Beams
Handel: Jephtha - A Father, Off'ring Up His Only Child
Handel: Jephtha - Waft Her, Angels
“Bostridge is sharply attuned to the subtlety of Handel's work setting, colouring his sound with a rich palette of timbres and effects: sonorous and sensuous in 'Ombra mai fù', hauntingly stark in 'Total eclipse'. …Harry Bicket's direction is sensitive and unfussy - tempos are well-judged, allowing him to shape Handel's long-breathed melodic lines with supple grace.”
16th January 2008
“...high points of the disc include Where'er you walk, and the uplifting Comfort ye…Ev'ry valley from The Messiah. However, with Bostridge's vocal precision and smooth tone the whole disc is undoubtedly an enjoyable listen.”
13th July 2007
“Bostridge’s care over colouring and shading refreshes numerous chestnuts...No self-conscious art here; it’s the music that speaks.”
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