Handel: Sonya Yoncheva

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Handel: Sonya Yoncheva

Label:

Sony

Catalogue No:

88985302932

Discs:

1

Release date:

3rd Feb 2017

Barcode:

0889853029327

Length:

63 minutes

Medium:

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Handel: Sonya Yoncheva


Handel:

Se pietà di me non senti (from Giulio Cesare)

Ah! mio cor! (from Alcina)

Theodora, HWV 68: With Darkness deep

Tornami a vagheggiar (from Alcina)

Io t'abbraccio (from Rodelinda)

Karine Deshayes (mezzo)

Pensieri, voi mi tormentate! (from Agrippina)

Non disperar (from Giulio Cesare)

Ogni vento (from Agrippina)

To thee, thou glorious son of worth (from Theodora)

Karine Deshayes (mezzo)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Purcell:

Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth (from Dido & Aeneas)


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Sonya Yoncheva devotes her second solo album to the music of Handel, showing another facet of her wide-ranging repertoire. Being an alumna of William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix, the Baroque era formed her musical understanding at an early stage of her career, laying the foundation for her versatile & broad-reaching repertoire. Currently praised as “the best Traviata in the world at present” (Die Welt), Sonya Yoncheva is one of today’s fastest rising opera stars. She is a regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper & the Opéra de Paris. A great composer of vocal music, Handel based some of his most beautiful operas & oratories on the enchanting sensibility of the feminine voice. His heroines are strong, independent women determining their own destiny – attributes Sonya relates to in all respects. From Mar 3rd - Apr 18th, 2017 Sonya will embark on a concert tour featuring the Baroque repertoire highlighted on the Handel album release.

Georg Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act II, Scene 8: Se pietà di me non senti

Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act II, Scene 8: Se pietà di me non senti

Georg Friedrich Händel: Alcina, HWV 34, Act II, Scene 8: Ah! mio cor! schernito sei!

Alcina, HWV 34, Act II, Scene 8: Ah! mio cor! schernito sei!

Georg Friedrich Händel: Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 2: With darkness deep

Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 2: With darkness deep

Georg Friedrich Händel: Alcina, HWV 34, Act I, Scene 15: Tornami a vagheggiar

Alcina, HWV 34, Act I, Scene 15: Tornami a vagheggiar

Georg Friedrich Händel: Rodelinda, regina de' Longobardi, HWV 19, Act II, Scene 7: Io t'abbraccio

Rodelinda, regina de' Longobardi, HWV 19, Act II, Scene 7: Io t'abbraccio

Georg Friedrich Händel: Agrippina, HWV 6, Act II, Seene 13: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate!

Agrippina, HWV 6, Act II, Seene 13: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate!

Georg Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act I, Scene 5: Non disperar, chi sa?

Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act I, Scene 5: Non disperar, chi sa?

Georg Friedrich Händel: Agrippina, HWV 6, Act II, Seene 21: Ogni vento ch'al porto lo spinga

Agrippina, HWV 6, Act II, Seene 21: Ogni vento ch'al porto lo spinga

Georg Friedrich Händel: Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 5: To thee, thou glorious son

Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 5: To thee, thou glorious son

Georg Friedrich Händel: Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act II, Scene 4: Lascia ch'io pianga

Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act II, Scene 4: Lascia ch'io pianga

Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth

Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth

Sunday Times

29th January 2017

“the emotional balance of the programme favours Alcina, Cleopatra and Theodora’s songs of grief and torment, with a tendency to romanticise. Morgana’s skittish Tornami a vagheggiar, a showstopper in the theatre, is the highlight here: Yoncheva displays a delightful twinkle in the eye with her plush soprano, and negotiates the coloratura with pearly ease.”

BBC Music Magazine

April 2017

*****

“Yoncheva is a force of nature. Her top notes merit a gale warning, her words drip with passion, and the bloom of her lowest register equals that of her top.”

Opera Now

May 2017

****

“Sonya Yoncheva is very much the diva de nos jours…she brings her expected attributes to the arias - sensitive phrasing, even tone with a dash of spice to offset the smoothness”

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