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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem, 22 Feb 2010
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If one can believe that there remains any niche of Handel's output that has been neglected in 2009, this may be it: Italian arias written during his stay in Rome. Meticulously researched and beautiful performed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two reviews for the price of one (due to Amazon screw-up), 4 Aug 2010
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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Please note that Amazon have managed to screw up by merging two products into one here. I have thus reviewed both on this one page. If you are looking for the Bonizzoni disc, read the first review. If you are instead looking for the Valentina Variiale/Musica Perduta disc, read the second review.

***REVIEW #1: BONIZZONI***

This is the penultimate of seven magnificent discs of cantatas written by the youthful Handel for various patrons during his Italian sojourn, directed by Fabio Bonizzoni and accompanied by the instruments of the ensemble "La Risonanza". The trio of vocalists, reprising their appearance on the previous disc in the series, are sopranos Roberta Invernizzi and Yetzebel Arias Fernández, and alto Romina Basso.

The cantatas and performances here perhaps feel in the main slightly 'heavier' than the other discs and so maybe don't delight quite so much. Four and a half stars, not quite the five as for the other discs, but still more than worthy of collecting.

Track listing:

HWV 143 "Olinto, pastore Arcade (Oh! Come chiare e belle)" (Invernizzi, Fernández, Basso)
HWV 82 "Duello amoroso (Amarilli vezzosa)" (Fernández, Basso)
HWV 81 "Alpestre monte" (Fernández)

Total time 68:35

Packaged in fold-out digipack with attached booklet which contains notes in English, French, German & Spanish, plus libretti alongside translations in all four aforementioned languages.

Previous disc: Volume 5
Next disc: Volume 7

***REVIEW #2: VALENTINA VARRIALE***

The fanfare for this disc speaks of a hitherto unrecorded cantata attributed to Handel, "Mira Lilla gentile" which exists in two manuscripts, one where the voice alternates with violin, and the other alternating with cello, both performed here. Why it should have been ignored until now is something the notes do not satisfactorily explain.

As well as this the recording has the much recorded Handel cantata "Tra le fiamme", plus another cantata "La caduta di Icaro" by an unknown composer making use of the same libretto. The notes bizarrely speculate upon the possibility of "La caduta" also being of Handelian authorship on a somewhat flimsy basis of the viola da gamba part in "Tra le fiamme" requiring a skill beyond many musicians of the time, and so he might have written an alternative version.

Soprano Valentina Varriale is certainly more than competent and there is decent playing by the ensemble, but the two versions of "Mira Lilla" are not really sufficiently different to warrant it appearing twice on the same disc. "Tra la fiamme" has been done in better recordings, and the presence of another cantata with identical libretto makes the whole programme too "samey".

The booklet contains some brief but useful notes (English/Italian) plus libretti without translation.

3 stars.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting cantatas, well performed, 29 Dec 2012
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This performance conforms to all the now well-established norms for baroque performance and the soprano's performance is accurate and lively if not particularly distinguished.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 16 Jun 2010
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As a great lover of the Gardiner Bach Cantatas cycle, this Handel came as a great surprise. Simply wonderful.
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