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The Accademia degli Arcadi - that thought-provoking and innovative literary circle set up by a group of poets, composers, aristocrats and churchmen, which championed a return to classical (and pastoral) ideals and one of whose keenest members was the Marquis Francesco Maria Ruspoli, Handel's patron in Rome - forms the aesthetic background for this sixth and penultimate release in the series of Italian cantatas by the Saxon composer which Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza are making for Glossa. In an engrossing essay written by Carlo Vitali, which benefits from the counsels of Michael Talbot, the reader is introduced to the social and political references contained within the pastoral texts of Olinto, pastore arcade, Duello amoroso and Alpestre monte, the three Handel cantatas which make up this CD. Bonizzoni turns again to three of his regular singers as well as counting upon the services of his exceptional first violinist, the young Swiss Leila Schayegh, an up-and-coming player whose talent is undisputed. The spring of 2010 is anticipated as seeing the conclusion of this Handel collection, the grand finale being the marvellous cantata Apollo e Dafne. Volume five is a Gramophone Critics Choice 2009.
George Frideric Handel: O come chiare e belle, HWV 143
Aria: Oh! Come chiare e belle
Recitativo: Ma quel che piu d'ogn'altro
Aria: Chi mi chiama?
Recitativo: Dell'arcadi foreste
Aria: Piu non spero
Recitativo: Per te non piu rubella
Aria: Caro Tebro
Recitativo: Si, la Gloria son io
Aria: Tornami a vagheggiar
Recitativo: Tebro, tu non rispondi?
Aria: Al suon che destano
Recitativo: Di stupor, di diletto
Aria: Io torno a sperare
Recitativo: Di si giuste speranze
Aria: Astro clemente
Recitativo: Tebro, ti dissi il vero
Aria: Alle voci del bronzo guerriero
George Frideric Handel: Amarilli vezzosa, HWV 82, "Il duello amoroso"
Recitative: Amarilli vezzosa, appunto in questa (Daliso)
Aria: Pietoso sguardo, vezzo bugiardo (Daliso)
Recitative: Dunque tanto s'avanza (Amarilli)
Aria: Piacer che non si dona (Amarilli)
Recitative: Si, si crudel, ti accheta (Daliso, Amarilli)
Aria: Quel nocchiero che mira le sponde (Amarilli)
Recitative: Amarilli, Amarilli, in vano tenti (Daliso)
Aria: E vanita d'un cor (Daliso)
Recitative: Or su gia che ostinato (Amarilli, Daliso)
Arioso: Si, si lasciami, ingrata (Amarilli, Daliso)
George Frideric Handel: Alpestre monte, HWV 81
Accompagnato: Alpestre monte
Aria: Io so ben
Recitativo: Quindi men vengo a voi
Aria: Almen dopo il fato mio
7th February 2010
“It is one of the special pleasures of the Glossa series to encounter much-loved arias in their original formats...Bonizzoni’s direction and the superb playing of La Risonanza are state-of-the-art Handel.”
“Passionate as well as poetic, Fabio Bonizzoni's interpretation draws us irresistibly into Handel's affective states. The vocalists and the band are of the same high standard. …Roberta Invernizzi commands a dazzling upper range and tosses off demanding coloratura passages with careless ease, Romina Basso's rich range of colours reminds us why Baroque audiences preferred the castrato alto over the tenor voice... Solo instrumentalists stand out as much as do solo vocalists, and their ensemble is flawless.”
“Best of all, La Risonanza's subtle and cultivated style produces a revelatory performance of Alpestre monte. Its conclusion, "Almen dopo il fato mio", is the gorgeous final testament of a suicidal lover; Fernández, Bonizzoni and his band combine to produce an exquisite melancholy. ...La Risonanza deserve to win many friends for yet another absorbing treasure-trove.”
16th February 2010
“All three singers are seductive, especially Roberta Invernizzi, effortlessly impressive no matter what’s thrown at her ...In all three works the instrumental playing and intimate, luminous recording, approaches perfection.”
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