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Handel: Arias / Bryn Terfel

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63
>Handel, George Frideric : Te Deum in D major, HWV 283 "Dettingen"
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
>Handel, George Frideric : Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, HWV 38
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando
>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel)
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander's Feast, HWV 75
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
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Notes & Reviews:

"...[Bryn Terfel's disc] served to remind me that singing can - and, if can, then should - sound like pure, simple, easy pleasure. This is one of the great low voices of our time. Its possessor has everything and can seemingly do anything. He has warmth and incisiveness of attack in equal measure. His delivery of big, angry pieces like "Arm, arm, ye brave" is potent to the point of inspring true fear...no one who loves singing (or music, or pleasure) should miss it." -Jacobson, Fanfare

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
'I feel', sings Terfel with assurance in his voice matching the solemnly, expectantly, ceremonious opening bars; and then, the second time, 'I feel', but now with the awed conviction of one who has experienced 'the Deity within'. The adjustment, the change of expression, is small, and no doubt when described sounds obvious enough; but it's typical of the imaginative intelligence Terfel brings. And what of his singing, his voice production, his care for legato? As to the latter, conflict always lurks as expressive emphasis, shading and verbal naturalism assert their rights in the face of pure beauty and the evenness of the singing line. Terfel is one in whom the rival claims work their way to a compromise, though if one side has to win it will generally be the expressive element. A good example of the compromise is the second track, the 'Vouchsafe, O Lord', quietly and simply sung, preserving the movement's unity and yet with a power of feeling that, at 'let thy mercy lighten upon us', is as overtly emotional as an operatic aria.

The adapted arias, 'Where'er you walk', 'Verdi prati' and 'Ombra mai fù', justify their inclusion readily enough, and it's good to hear Terfel in the solos from Messiah. The singing here incorporates a good deal of embellishment, some of it of Mackerras's devising. He's excellent, sharing with Terfel an appreciation of the zest in Handel. The recording is vivid and clean



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>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Act I. Recitative. I feel, I feel the Deity within
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Act I. Aria. Arm, arm ye brave!
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Te Deum in D major, HWV 283 "Dettingen" :: Vouchsafe, O Lord
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 :: Act II. Scene 4. Honour and arms scorn such a foe
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, HWV 38 :: Act II. Scene 3. Sì, tra i ceppi e le ritorte
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Act II. Scene 12. Verdi prati, selve amene
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando :: Act III. Scene 6. Recitative. O voi, del mio poter
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando :: Act III. Scene 6. Aria. Sorge infausta una procella
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel) :: Act I. no 10. Recitative. I rage, I melt, I burn!
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1718.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel) :: Act I. no 10. Air. O ruddier than the cherry
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1718.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Act II. Scene 3. Where'er you walk
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander's Feast, HWV 75 :: Part II. Nos. 16a-b. Air. Revenge, revenge, Ti
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Act I. Scene 9. Va tacito e nascosto
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Act I. Scene 1. Recitative. Frondi tenere e belle
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Act I. Scene 1. Aria. Ombre mai fu
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Recitative. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Song. But who may abide the day of his coming
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Song. Why do the nations
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Recitative. Behold, I tell you a mystery
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Song. The Trumpet shall sound
  • Performers: John Fisher (Harpsichord); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741