Il caro Sassone: Handel in Italy
 
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Il caro Sassone: Handel in Italy

8 Nov 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 harmonia mundi usa
  • Total Length: 1:14:17
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  • ASIN: B00DD1TDY2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,469 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun 2012
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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 By Theanne27 on 7 Jan 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 11 Sep 2013
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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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