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Handel: Arias / de Niese, Christie, Les Arts florissants

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>Handel, George Frideric : Teseo
>Handel, George Frideric : Apollo e Dafne (La Terra è Liberata), dramatic cantata for soprano, bass & orchestra, HWV 122
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
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Notes & Reviews:

"This meteoric new soprano puts on quite a show, displaying her ability to suggest different moods and personalities through both virtuoso agility and tonal fullness and showing skill in embellishing da capo sections. Her performances here make me want to hear and see her in some of these roles - especially the sensual and narcissistic Semele... Reliable and stylish support is supplied by Christie, who points up nicely the amazing harpsichord obbligato in one of the Rinaldo arias." -American Record Guide

BBC Music Magazine
De Niese demonstrates good technical skills and a keen sense of character, but above all there's a strong artistic personality at work that enables her to make each statement her own.

Gramophone Magazine
When it comes to sorceresses, de Niese is splendid. The two arias for Medea in Teseo are well contrasted. "Dolce riposo" is a duet for voice and oboe over a pulsating string accompaniment, sung with an affecting gentleness, while "O stringerò nel' sen" is a fiery expression of jealousy.

The New York Times
Her singing is utterly delectable and completely assured.

The Times
De Niese can certainly "sell" a number. She makes each of these arias an emotional journey, heightening the expression when the first section is repeated. Semele's "Myself I Shall Adore" becomes increasingly, and delightfully, dizzy, with narcissistic flights of ornamentation, while at the opposite end of the spectrum she suggests a new intensity of grief towards the end of Ginevra's "Il mio crudel martoro" ( Ariodante ), with a "soured" colouring on the key word "moro" - dying. What makes me faintly uneasy is the less than even quality of de Niese's voice and her reluctance to sing either a true legato or a true pianissimo, though the ultra-close miking must take some of the blame here. Her bright, slender soprano, with its distinctive quick vibrato, has an attractive hint of smokiness in the middle register. Higher up, it can become thin and squally - I noticed this especially in her no-holds-barred performances of Cleopatra's "Da tempeste" and Morgana's "Tornami a vagheggiar" ( Alcina ). Yet for all her vocal imperfections, De Niese brings each of these characters to vivid life.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Da tempeste
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascia ch'io pianga
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Tornami a vagheggiar
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Teseo :: Dolce riposo, ed innocente pace
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Teseo :: Ira, sdegni, e furore ... O stringerò nel sen
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Apollo e Dafne (La Terra è Liberata), dramatic cantata for soprano, bass & orchestra, HWV 122 :: Felic
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Notes: Composition written: 1710.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1710

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Il mio crudel martoro
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Vo' far guerra
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi :: Ah, spietati
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Notes: Composition written: 1715.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1715

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Myself I shall adore
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Piangerò la sorte mia
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Endless pleasure, endless love
  • Performer: Danielle Niese
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743