Handel's finest arias for Base Voice / Christopher Purves, bass

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo, HWV 7a
>Handel, George Frideric : Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a
>Handel, George Frideric : Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72
>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55
>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione, HWV 47
>Handel, George Frideric : Deborah, HWV 51
>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando, HWV 31
>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora, HWV 68
>Handel, George Frideric : Muzio Scevola, HWV 13
>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina, HWV 6
>Handel, George Frideric : Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV 23
>Handel, George Frideric : Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122
>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander's Feast, HWV 75
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele, HWV 58
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Notes & Reviews:

The magnificent voice of Christopher Purves is featured on this unique recital disc of Handel's bass arias. The works heard here demonstrate the range and brilliance of Handel's writing for this voice and include selections from his Italian and English operas, English classical drama, Biblical oratorios, literary odes and a masque. Handel's endlessly imaginative gift for characterization is fully explored, with Purves commanding an extraordinary emotional and technical range - from the buffo blustering of Polyphemus in Acis and Gatalea to the loving musings of Abinoam in the oratorio Deborah. Gramophone Award-winning Baroque band Arcangelo led by director Jonathan Cohen provide the sparkling accompaniments.

The Times
Christopher Purves is compelling and warmly musical...

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
Possessing in effect two voices in one - a ringing, incisive high baritone with a sonorous bass extension...Purves's flair for specific characterisation enlivens every number on the disc...A counter...to the cliched notion that [Handel's] bass arias are all undifferentiated bluster.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
One to treasure both for the sensitive and well-sustained singing of Christopher Purves and for the wonderfully wide expressive range of Handel's music...Purves has an acute ear, serving well his intonation and lively feeling for characterisation...The pleasure of single-voice recitals can sometimes be tempered by repetitive mannerisms or exaggerated gestures. Purves avoids both, ensuring enjoyment.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Christopher Purves (bass voice).

Recording information: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/19/2012-01/24/2012); All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo, HWV 7a :: Sibilar gli angui d'Aletto
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Handel, George Frideric : Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a :: I rage, I melt, I burn! -
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a :: O ruddier than the cherry
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72 :: Fra l'ombre e gl'orrori
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55 :: If I give thee honour due -
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740

>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55 :: Mirth, admit me of they crew
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione, HWV 47 :: Qual'insolita luce -
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione, HWV 47 :: Caddi, è ver
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Deborah, HWV 51 :: Tears, such as tender fathers shed
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: To pow'r immortal my first thanks are due
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando, HWV 31 :: Impari ognum da Orlando -
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando, HWV 31 :: Sorge infausta una procella
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora, HWV 68 :: Racks, gibbets, sword and fire
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Muzio Scevola, HWV 13 :: Volate più dei venti
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1721

>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina, HWV 6 :: Vieni, o cara
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1709

>Handel, George Frideric : Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV 23 :: Nel mondo e nall'abisso
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122 :: Mie piante correte -
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1710

>Handel, George Frideric : Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122 :: Cara pianta
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1710

>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander's Feast, HWV 75 :: Revnege, Timotheus cries
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele, HWV 58 :: Leave me, loathsome light
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2012-01-19&2012-01-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743