Notes & Reviews:
With this recording, Contrasto Armonico continues its recording project of Handel's Italian vocal works. The first release in the series, of the serenata Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, was enthusiastically welcomed. "Everything is shaped intelligently and tellingly", wrote the American Record Guide; Fonoforum called it a "lustvoll" recording and noted the "very elegant, fluid and resonant style" of Contrasto Armonico's playing. Marco Vitale says: "I hope the result will show a hitherto unseen face to this significant and remarkable oratorio, allowing us to appreciate the kind of instrumental sonorities and balances one can only hear when the appropriate pitch and instruments for this music are used."
Contrasto Armonico take a novel approach and it pays off handsomely. The pacing of the work is often a bit slower than one might expect, and such a patiently poetic character bespeaks Vitale's radically different approach to the bold dynamism that others prefer in this repertoire.
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : La resurrezione, HWV 47
- Performers: Marcel Beekman (Tenor); Stefanie True (Soprano); Kristine Gether (Alto); Mitchell Sandler (Bass)
- Conductor: Marco Vitale
- Ensemble: Contrasto Armonico Baroque Orchestra
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: circa 1708