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London Early Opera begins its series of Handel recordings with Handel in Italy Volume I. The series features six releases, including Handel in Vauxhall and Handel in Ireland. In this first recording, Mary, Sophie and Benjamin Bevan join director and harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham in a recording that features arias from Rodrigo, Agrippina and Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno alongside instrumental music and cantatas.
George Frideric Handel: Gloria, HWV deest
I. Gloria in excelsis Deo
II. Et in terra pax
III. Laudamus te
IV. Domine Deus, Rex coelestis
V. Qui tollis peccata mundi
VI. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
George Frideric Handel: Rodrigo, HWV 5: Overture - Passacaille
Rodrigo, HWV 5: Overture - Passacaille
George Frideric Handel: Agrippina, HWV 6, Act III Scene 10: Bel Piacere
Agrippina, HWV 6, Act III Scene 10: Bel Piacere
George Frideric Handel: Sonata for a Harpsichord with Double Keys in G Major, HWV 579
Sonata for a Harpsichord with Double Keys in G Major, HWV 579
George Frideric Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Part 1, HWV 46a: Un pensiero nemico di pace
Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Part 1, HWV 46a: Un pensiero nemico di pace
George Frideric Handel: Cuopre tal volta il cielo, HWV 98
I. Accompagnato "Cuopre tal volta il cielo"
II. Aria "Tuona, balena, sibila il vento"
III. Recitativo "Cosi fiera procella"
IV. Aria "Per pietà"
9th August 2015
“London Early Opera’s new project gets off to an odd start, with the Gloria discovered in 2001, which may not actually date from the Italian years, but no one is going to object when it is so dazzlingly sung by Sophie Bevan. Other members of the remarkable Bevan family clan match her: soprano Mary contributes arias from opera and oratorio, while baritone Benjamin offers a fine cantata.”
16th August 2015
“it opens an enjoyable showcase for Sophie, Mary and Benjamin Bevan: two sisters and their youthful uncle. Sophie sings it peachily, with a richer-sounding soprano than previous recorded exponents. The baritone cantata, stylishly sung, is a rarity, and the accompaniments and Cunningham’s dispatch of a harpsichord sonata are spry.”
“this is as polished an account as any on account of Sophie Bevan's unerring sense of decorum for what each movement requires, from intimate piety to extrovert flair. Her sister Mary sings vibrantly in contrasting arias…[and] their uncle Benjamin chips in with an extrovert performance of the cantata Cuopre tal volta il cielo.”
“[Sophie Bevan] sings with a full feminine tone, enchanting in the slow movements, while her sister Mary sings arias from Handel's 1709 Venetian opera, Agrippina…the surprise is Benjamin Bevan, best known for his work in 19th and 20th-century opera but secure and stylish in the bass cantata Cuopre tal volta il cielo.”
“All make outstanding contributions to the CD.”
Early Music Today
“if all six [discs] are put together with the same care as these two, and directed with the same verve and vigour, this will be a series well worth collecting.”