Handel: Duetti e Terzetti italiani

Glossa: GCD921517

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Handel: Duetti e Terzetti italiani

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Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2016

Label:

Glossa

Catalogue No:

GCD921517

Release date:

16th Oct 2015

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8424562215177

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61 minutes

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Handel: Duetti e Terzetti italiani


Handel:

Quel fior che all'alba ride (Duetto XV)

Giù nei Tartarei regni v'andrem madonna, HWV 187

Quando in calma ride il mare, HWV 191

Amor gioie mi porge, HWV180

Caro autor di mia doglia, arcadian duet HWV 182a

Che vai pensando, HWV184

Va, speme infida pur, HWV 199

Tacete, ohimè, tacete!, HWV196

Se tu non lasci amore, HWV201


Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), Silvia Frigato (soprano), Krystian Adam (tenor), Thomas E. Bauer (baritone)

La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni

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Fabio Bonizzoni returns with a further Glossa release dedicated to the chamber vocal output of Georg Friedrich Handel: here, a second volume of duets (and trios), which features the vocal talents of Roberta Invernizzi, Silvia Frigato, Thomas Bauer and Krystian Adam. Whilst Handel wrote these small-scale vocal works across his career, this new selection focuses on that astonishingly fertile brief stay that the young Saxon made in Italy from 1707-09 (when he also produced many of the cantatas which Bonizzoni has recorded to great critical success for Glossa). These sensual duets and trios are imbued with Handel’s discovery of Italian – especially the Arcadian – culture, which included him hearing and understanding the music of Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti. How quickly and successfully Handel developed the chamber duet form is discussed in another of Stefano Russomanno’s detailed explorations of Handel’s music in the booklet essay. Much of the music for these duets and trios on this recording is scored for soprano and bass singers and Roberta Invernizzi, in particular, is afforded another opportunity to demonstrate her magical reaction to Handel’s responsiveness to the Italian language. Not to be outdone in this respect are also the other vocal soloists and of course the experienced continuo team from La Risonanza: Caterina Dell’Angello (cello), Evangelina Mascardi (theorbo) and Fabio Bonizzoni himself (harpsichord).

George Frideric Handel: Quel fior che all'alba ride, HWV 200

Quel fior che all'alba ride, HWV 200

George Frideric Handel: Giu nei Tartari Regni, HWV 187

Giu nei Tartari Regni, HWV 187

George Frideric Handel: Quando in calma ride il mare, HWV 191

Quando in calma ride il mare, HWV 191

George Frideric Handel: Amor gioje mi porge, HWV 180

Amor gioje mi porge, HWV 180

George Frideric Handel: Caro autor di mia doglia, HWV 182b

Caro autor di mia doglia, HWV 182b

George Frideric Handel: Che vai pensando, HWV 184

Che vai pensando, HWV 184

George Frideric Handel: Va, speme infida, HWV 199

Va, speme infida, HWV 199

George Frideric Handel: Tacete, ohime, tacete, HWV 196

Tacete, ohime, tacete, HWV 196

George Frideric Handel: Se tu non lasci amore, HWV 201a

Se tu non lasci amore, HWV 201a

The Guardian

13th December 2015

****

“You can expect these days to hear sopranos of impeccable virtuosity such as Roberta Invernizzi and Silvia Frigato, though they blend and balance with exceptional skill. Rather more surprising is the equally effortless clarity and brilliance of Thomas Bauer’s baritone, matching every roulade with easy grace.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2016

“The chamber singing of all participants has pinpoint accuracy, refined poise and poetic expressiveness; there is a pleasing hint of teasing wistfulness between Bauer and Frigato in the gently affectionate Che vai pensando, folle pensier…continuo accompaniments are realised with exquisite subtlety by Caterina dell’Agnello (cello), Evangelina Mascardi (theorbo) and Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord). Beaming a searchlight into the darkest and furthest corners of Handel’s youthful Italian-period creations, these sage performances are essential fare.”

Sunday Times

24th January 2016

“Here’s a new star in the making. Mineccia was a vicious-sounding Tolomeo, the villain of Alan Curtis’s recording of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, but this new album of arias, mostly written in London by Handel’s Royal Academy colleague Ariosti, reveals a voice of sensual beauty, especially in languorous arias such as Bella mia, lascia ch’io vado, from The Glorious Omens of Scipio Africanus (Vienna, 1704). His virtuosity in the bravura numbers is breathtaking, too.”

BBC Music Magazine

March 2016

****

“sopranos Roberta Invernizzi and Silvia Frigato share the honours with tenor Krystian Adam and baritone Thomas Bauer, and they are all up to the pieces' demands…the accompaniments, meanwhile, are stylishly handled by the three members of La Risonanza”

The Arts Desk

20th February 2016

“You can't imagine them being better performed than they are here; sopranos Roberta Invernizzi and Silvia Frigato are immaculately matched in the pair of duets they share...Handel’s settings have an extraordinary vivacity and zest, prompting smiles even when the texts are gloomy. And who needs an orchestra when Fabio Bonizoni's stripped-down, three-person La Risonanza provide such lively backing?”

Early Music Today

March/May 2016

“Both Invernizzi and Frigato have sweet-toned, full soprano voices…and Bauer’s baritone gives the trio a strong foundation … underlain by the excellent continuo playing of Caterina dell’Agnello (mellow cello), Evangelina Mascardi (a lush and plummy theorbo) and Fabio Bonizzoni, crisp and elegant on the harpsichord.”

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