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G. F. Händel: Duetti Amorosi

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Poro, Rè dell'Indie, HWV 28
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22
>Handel, George Frideric : Muzio Scevola, HWV 13
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
>Handel, George Frideric : Arminio, HWV 36
>Handel, George Frideric : Teseo
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
In duet or solo, two fine singers impress in a delightfully planned Handel recital. Laurence Cummings provides expert musical direction from the harpsichord, ensuring that everything is paced to perfection

BBC Music Magazine
The voices of Rial and Zazzo are engaging on their own and evenly balanced in ensemble... excelling in the... composer's tenderly reflective music such as in the ravishing duet 'Io t'abbraccio' from Rodelinda (1725). Cummings directs all with sensibility and stylistic assurance.

Sunday Times
The aching longing and ecstatic intertwining of soprano and alto (castrato) voices in the sublime duets for Poro (1731) and Cleofide, and for Rodelinda (1725) and Bertarido, are among the era's most moving "romantic" music. With her bright, pristine soprano, Rial blends perfectly with Zazzo's plush countertenor. They are delightful in the comical Romilda/Arsamene duet, from Serse (1738), and moving in the yearning farewell of Clizia and Arcane, from Teseo (1713). Unexpected and enjoyable.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Duetti amorosi' is an imaginative and thoughtfully chosen programme of operatic duets (although the singers also get two arias each).

Nothing predictable is included here, except perhaps the two items from Rodelinda, but the lovely performance of 'Ritorna, o cara' and the pathos-laden 'Io t'abbraccio' more than justify their presence. Picking a diverse selection of repertoire that skilfully conveys the expressive and stylistic breath of Handel's writing is certainly one of the often-ignored secrets of planning a successful Handel recital programme, and the performers' enthusiasm for reviving numbers from Arminio (including its fine overture), Teseo, Muzio Scevola, Poro (the gorgeous 'Caro amico amplesso') and Admeto deserves high praise.

Rial and Zazzo sing well, both individually and together: in the duets they are obviously listening sympathetically to each other; they seem to know when to emphasise vocal contrasts or blend closely. Laurence Cummings provides expert musical direction from the harpsichord, ensuring that everything is paced to perfection, and that the musico-dramatic characteristics presented in each piece speak with transparency to the listener; none of these performances would feel out of place in context of their parent works. The policy to dump the texts and translations onto a PDF is detestable.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Poro, Rè dell'Indie, HWV 28 :: Duetto. Caro amico amplesso!
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1731

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Recitativo. Romilda infida
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Duetto. Troppo oltraggi la mia fede
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22 :: Recitativo. Quivi tra questi solitari orrori
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22 :: Aria. Ah, sì, morrò
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22 :: Duetto. Alma mia, dolce ristioro
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Muzio Scevola, HWV 13 :: Duetto. Ma come amar?
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1721

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Aria. Ritorna, o caro e dolce mio tesoro
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Recitativo. Non ti bastò
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Duetto. Io t'abbraccio
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Arminio, HWV 36 :: Ouverture
  • Performer: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Arminio, HWV 36 :: Recitativo. Fuggi, mio bene
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Arminio, HWV 36 :: Duetto. Il fuggir, cara mia vita
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Arminio, HWV 36 :: Duetto. Ritorna nel core vezzosa
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Arminio, HWV 36 :: Menuetto
  • Performer: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Teseo :: Recitativo. Parte Agilea, per venerar la Dea
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Teseo :: Aria. Ti credo, si, ben' mio
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Teseo :: Recitativo. Commanda dunque ò bella
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Teseo :: Aria. Ah! Cruda gelosia!
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Teseo :: Recitativo. Dunque all'affetto mio
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Teseo :: Duetto. Addio! Mio caro bene
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Núria Rial; Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Notes: Landgasthof, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (08/11/2007-08/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712