A Royal Trio: Bononcini, Ariosti, Handel

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A Royal Trio: Bononcini, Ariosti, Handel

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2014

Catalogue No:

HMU807590

Discs:

1

Release date:

13th Oct 2014

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0093046759063

Length:

77 minutes

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A Royal Trio: Bononcini, Ariosti, Handel

Arias & Scenes


Ariosti:

Spirate, o iniqui marmi...Voi d'un figlio tanto misero (from Coriolano)

Freme l'onda (from Il naufragio vicino)

Vespasiano: Overture

Bononcini, G B:

Così stanco Pellegrino (from Crispo)

Per la gloria d'adorarvi (from Griselda)

Tigre piagata (from Muzio Scevola)

Handel:

Admeto: Ballo di Larve

Orride larve ... Chiudetevi, miei lumi (from Admeto)

Admeto: Sinfonia I

Admeto: Sinfonia II

Flavio Air Rompo i lacci

Va tacito e nascosto (from Giulio Cesare)

Tanti affanni (from Ottone)

Vivi, tiranno, io t'ho scampato (from Rodelinda)


Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor)

La Nuova Musica, David Bates

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Lawrence Zazzo talks to Presto's Katherine Cooper about A Royal Trio here.

A dazzling Royal trio. Founded in 1719 as the first opera company in the English-speaking world, the Royal Academy of Music commissioned and premièred some of the finest 18th-century operas, including Handel’s 'Giulio Cesare'. Here are a dozen arias from operas written in the 10 year period from 1719-29 for their star castrati, particularly Senesino: some well known [Va tacito] and some less well known. Renowned American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is joined by La Nuova Musica and David Bates for a snapshot of the Academy’s hits circa 1725 featuring arias by Handel, Ariosti and Bononcini.

Attilio Ariosti: Vespasiano: Overture

Vespasiano: Overture

George Frideric Handel: Flavio: Aria "Rompo i lacci"

Flavio: Aria "Rompo i lacci"

Giovanni Maria Bononcini: Crispo: Aria "Cosi stanco Pellegrino"

Crispo: Aria "Cosi stanco Pellegrino"

George Frideric Handel: Admeto: Sinfonia (Act I, Scene ix)

Admeto: Sinfonia (Act I, Scene ix)

George Frideric Handel: Giulio Cesare: Aria "Va tacito"

Giulio Cesare: Aria "Va tacito"

George Frideric Handel: Ottone: Recitativo accompagnato "Io son tradito"

Ottone: Recitativo accompagnato "Io son tradito"

George Frideric Handel: Ottone: Aria "Tanti affanni"

Ottone: Aria "Tanti affanni"

Giovanni Maria Bononcini: Griselda: Aria "Per la gloria d'adorarvi"

Griselda: Aria "Per la gloria d'adorarvi"

Attilio Ariosti: Il naufragio vicino: Aria "Freme l'onda"

Il naufragio vicino: Aria "Freme l'onda"

Attilio Ariosti: Coriolano: Recitativo "Spirate, o iniqui marmi"

Coriolano: Recitativo "Spirate, o iniqui marmi"

Attilio Ariosti: Coriolano: Aria "Voi d'un figlio tanto misero"

Coriolano: Aria "Voi d'un figlio tanto misero"

Giovanni Maria Bononcini: Crispo: Aria "Torrente che scende"

Crispo: Aria "Torrente che scende"

George Frideric Handel: Admeto: Introduzione (Ballo di Larve)

Admeto: Introduzione (Ballo di Larve)

George Frideric Handel: Admeto: Recitativo accompagnato "Orride larve"

Admeto: Recitativo accompagnato "Orride larve"

George Frideric Handel: Admeto: Aria "Chiudetevi miei lumi"

Admeto: Aria "Chiudetevi miei lumi"

Giovanni Maria Bononcini: Muzio Scevola: Aria "Tigre piagata"

Muzio Scevola: Aria "Tigre piagata"

George Frideric Handel: Admeto: Sinfonia (Act II, Scene i)

Admeto: Sinfonia (Act II, Scene i)

George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda: Aria "Vivi, tiranno"

Rodelinda: Aria "Vivi, tiranno"

The Observer

19th October 2014

****

“Is there no end to the making of countertenor baroque opera recital discs? The genre can too easily turn into showy virtuosity, but this one from Lawrence Zazzo is exceptionally well thought out... the exuberant Vivi, tiranno rounds things off in style, with Zazzo in glorious voice throughout.”

International Record Review

November 2014

“This is an accomplished recital from both singer and orchestra, the latter playing freshly under Bates’s direction in a programme which contains some rarely heard music.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2014

“I enjoyed this snapshot of London's operatic life almost without reservation. Zazzo and the players - not least the fabulous horns - have all the boldness and virtuoso panache one could wish for in the extrovert arias, culminating in a show-stopping 'Vivi, tiranno'.”

Audiophile Audition

11th November 2014

“[Zazzo gives] committed and dramatically excellent renditions of these roles. The surround sound is outstanding, and the production values rank with harmonia mundi’s best, which is always considerable.”

Early Music Review

December 2014

“This is an exceptionally interesting and well researched release…The playing is superb throughout.”

Early Music Today

June/August 2015

“In a world awash with fine countertenors Lawrence Zazzo is one of its aristocrats. The possessor of a voice of natural beauty and an enviable ease of production, he is on excellent form, singing with noble tone and dramatic conviction…Zazzo is given fine support by Bates and the excellent La Nuova Musica.”

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