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George Frideric Handel : Il Caro Sassone - Handel in Italy (Arias) [CD]

Lucy Crowe Audio CD
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  • Performer: Lucy Crowe
  • Orchestra: The English Concert
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (1 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • ASIN: B005IQXUZI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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HMF 907559; HARMONIA MUNDI - Francia; Classica vocale

Review

The English Concert under Harry Bicket is wonderfully alert and disciplined. The young Handel would have been surprised and grateful for such dedicated performances --www.dailyclassicalmusic.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely disc 22 Jun 2012
By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Not long ago, I posted a review of "Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno", recorded live at the Wigmore Hall. The most familiar musical item from that work, "Lascia la spina", which Handel "recycled" in his later opera "Rinaldo", was on that occasion sung (very well) by the mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany. It appears again here, sung by one of the other singers on that recording, the soprano Lucy Crowe.

Now, I should make it clear that I am biased as far as Lucy is concerned; I was a teacher at the school where she did her A levels, directed her in a production of "The Mikado" and played the Sorceress to her Belinda in a tour of France in "Dido and Aeneas"; she had obvious "star quality" then and it has been gratifying to see how wonderfully her career has developed since then.

Having got that out of the way, I have to report that she is on top form on this recording, which features a selection of arias and cantatas dating from Handel's three year stay in Italy, where he was affectionately known as "il caro Sassone" ("the dear Saxon"), hence the title of this disc.

Lucy sings with the beauty and freshness of tone for which she is justly famous and tosses off the fiendish coloratura pyrotechnics with enviable ease, as she conveys a range of emotions from despair and lamentation on the one hand to vengefulness and fury on the other. She receives wonderful support from Harry Bicket and the English Concert who give accomplished renditions of three instrumental sonatas.

A lovely disc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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We have wstched Lucy Crowe perform from the age of seventeen but even so this CD is a revelation. Sheer artistry, emotional grandeur and superb tone have all come to fruition to create a truly immaculate performance of some of Handel's most challenging arias. The purity of her voice and the depth of feeling are reflected in the accompaniment by the The English Concert. So much to enjoy at the highest level
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Handel 11 Sep 2013
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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This is a fabulous disc of youthful works by Handel, composed during his stay in Italy between 1706 and 1710. It was an incredibly productive period and a lovely sample of what he wrote is presented here - a setting of Salve Regina, concert arias, extracts from cantatas and operas and some instrumental sonatas. It's a terrific programme, well-balanced, interesting and full of Handel's great tunes and brilliant orchestration.

The performances are excellent. Lucy Crowe has a delightful voice which has matured slightly, giving it a lovely depth of tone. Her technique is superb - the
aria Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno from La Resurrezione, for example, shows her singing at times with quiet depth and at others with staggering virtuosity as she breezes through some of Handel's most demanding, word-murdering passages, while the English Concert provide a thrilling orchestral accompaniment - including some fabulous, sparkling trumpet work from Neil Brough and Michael Harrison. It's as good as this all the way through the disc, and I would say it's one of the most enjoyable discs of Handel vocal works that I own - and it's up against some very stiff competition.

The recorded sound is excellent and beautifully balanced, the notes are very good and it is attractively presented. This is an excellent disc all round and very warmly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splashing album on Handel's 'Italian compositions'. 19 Dec 2011
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
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Il Caro Sassone - the dear Saxon - is I guess Lucy Crowe's first solo album.
I first came to know of this wonderful soprano in 2007 when she sung the title duet 'As steals the Morn' by Handel with Mark Padmore in the latter's Handel album under that name. Crowe's exceptionally beautiful and moving singing captivated me, and I was bitterly disappointed when last Christmas, though scheduled to sing a Christmas programme in my city, she was forced to cancel the performance owing to the Iceland volcanic ashes' disruption of her flight schedule.
Crowe owns a flexible, clear and expressive coloratura soprano voice. She uses that to great effect in this album, containing sacred as well as secular works by Handel composed during his stay in Italy.
Crowe's musicality is astounding, being gifted with a pitch-perfect intonation, a highly flexible articulation that enables her to tackle the finest nuance, she is also capable to high degree of agility. Her voice is a bit fuller than Emma Kirby's, and that gives her the added bonus of expressivity, if she already owns Kirkby's accuracy and agility already. Her mastery of the baroque style leaves absolutely no room for the slightest query.
A truly exceptional performance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When is Music Like a 100-Meter Dash? 16 Feb 2012
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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If there is ever a time when musical performances are in direct competition, this might be that time. I have four CDs which feature the Cantata "Armida Abbandonata" by GF Händel, one of the cantatas the young German composed in Roma for the Marchese Ruspoli and the Arcadian Academy:

Le Cantate Per Il Marchese Ruspoli The singer is Emanuela Galli, with the ensemble La Risonanza; this is volume II of La Risonanza's incomparable 7-volume recording of Handel's complete Roman cantatas.
Véronique Gens - Handel Cantatas ~ Lucrezia, Agrippina, Armiada / Les Basses Réunies The singer si Veronique Gens, with Les Basses Reunies.
Eva Mei - Handel Cantatas (Agrippina - Armida - Lucrezia) / Il Giardino Armonico The singer is Eva Mei, with Il Giardino Armonico.

All three singers sound better, to my ears, than Lucy Crowe. All of them exhibit more consistent timbres throughout their range. I have to disagree with the previous reviewer about Lucy Crowe's tuning; it doesn't sound "pitch perfect" to me at all. I hear some flat pitches right away in the first accompagnato "Dietro l'ormi fugaci" of Armida, and I hear almost pitchless growly notes in Crowe's lowest passages, perhaps intended to be affective but not entirely convincing. Still, Crowe's performance is certainly worthy of hearing; it's just not quite as good as Galli's or Gens's.

The same must be said of the instrumental ensembles. "The English Concert", conducted by Harry Picket, is worthy of hearing -- very good in fact -- but not nearly as elegant and expressive as La Risonanza or Les Basses Reunies. Sorry, but that's the race. This CD gets the Bronze Medal at best, more likely a tie for Bronze. Unless you really really want to hear every interpretation of Handel on record, you'd be happiest with the full set of recordings by La Risonanza, released by Glossa, featuring such singers as Galli, Roberta Invernizzi, Maria Schiavo, Nuria Real,Romina Basso, Yetzabel Arais Fernandez, and Raffaela Milanesi.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Lucy Crowe, An English Soprano of Formidable Gifts 18 May 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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If you haven't heard of Lucy Crowe, you will. This debut album of arias, motets, and sonatas by Handel reveals a beautiful young artist with a voice of spin gold, an ability to toss off embellishments with complete ease, and intonation dead center of the pitch. The quality of her performances is at times strained by dispensing with the legato tone in favor of the `period correct' vibratoless tone, but she is testing the waters here and not everything should be perfect at this stage in her career.
Crowe is best known in Europe for her Mozart roles and other Baroque music but here she tackles a presentation of Handel's formative years in Italy (1706 - 1710, another instance where the young singers of today approach their craft with a sense of curatorial history - very refreshing.

The works presented here with the able collaboration with Harry Bicket and The English Concert include the cantatas `Armida Abbanonata' `Alpestre Monte', and `Salve Regina' as well as various arias. An additional bonus is a lovely performance by the ensemble of the sonatas - a nice respite in an otherwise vocal extravaganza. It is will be most interesting to see how far this young promising soprano goes and in what direction she take to get there! Grady Harp, May 12
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Handel 11 Sep 2013
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a fabulous disc of youthful works by Handel, composed during his stay in Italy between 1706 and 1710. It was an incredibly productive period and a lovely sample of what he wrote is presented here - a setting of Salve Regina, concert arias, extracts from cantatas and operas and some instrumental sonatas. It's a terrific programme, well-balanced, interesting and full of Handel's great tunes and brilliant orchestration.

The performances are excellent. Lucy Crowe has a delightful voice which has matured slightly, giving it a lovely depth of tone. Her technique is superb - the
aria Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno from La Resurrezione, for example, shows her singing at times with quiet depth and at others with staggering virtuosity as she breezes through some of Handel's most demanding, word-murdering passages, while the English Concert provide a thrilling orchestral accompaniment - including some fabulous, sparkling trumpet work from Neil Brough and Michael Harrison. It's as good as this all the way through the disc, and I would say it's one of the most enjoyable discs of Handel vocal works that I own - and it's up against some very stiff competition.

The recorded sound is excellent and beautifully balanced, the notes are very good and it is attractively presented. This is an excellent disc all round and very warmly recommended.
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