R. H. Fitzsimmons

"Baroque boy"
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Bach: Sacred Arias and Cantatas ~ Harry Bicket
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
This is a long-awaited Bach disc from David Daniels. We are more accustomed to having him sing heroic Handel operatic roles, branch out into American folk songs, or even into Berlioz, but somehow it was inevitable that he would end up recording the Bach arias he has often sung in concert performances of the Passions, the B Minor Mass or Cantatas. And what a disc it has turned out to be. I had never heard him sing Bach before so this disc was a revelation to me. Andreas Scholl has received notable and deserved praise for the purity of his tone and somewhat restrained [Church] interpretation of Bach cantatas for alto, but Daniels' performances here are a different animal, as you would expect… Read more
Arias for Senesino ~ Andreas Scholl
Arias for Senesino ~ Andreas Scholl
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity ?, 19 Sep 2005
This has been a long awaited release from star countertenor Andreas Scholl, but although the singing is as nuanced and fluent as before, and the playing generally thrilling, Decca's (presumably) choice of repertoire is disappointing. Also, disappointingly, apart from some informative notes on Senesino from David Vickers, the lion's share of information on each aria, its origins and context, is in Italian only.
Scholl, along with American David Daniels, has been most responsible in the last decade or so for popularising the operas of Handel, and tackling the castrato roles that many thought previously were too difficult for modern singers to cope with. Here he sings a programme of arias… Read more
Rodelinda [DVD] [2011] <b>DVD</b> ~ Anna Caterina Antonacci
Rodelinda [DVD] [2011] DVD ~ Anna Caterina Antonacci
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Originally released on VHS several years ago, Rodelinda now comes to the DVD. Although the DVD offers little more than the older VHS, it is nevertheless welcome coming, as it does, hot on the heels of the Munich Rodelinda starring Michael Chance and Dorothea Roeschmann. One could argue that the staging is somewhat out of date now, but few could argue the quality of the vocal contributions from each of the soloists. It certainly wins hands down over the Munich performance on Farao.
Rodelinda, one of the triumvirate of classic Handelian operas of the mid-1720s, is a classic of psychological action and shows Handel at his best as an interpreter of human drama and emotion. In the hands of… Read more