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Handel: Arias / Alice Coote, mz; The English Consort, Bicket

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Radamisto, HWV 12a
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34
>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules, HWV 60
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante, HWV 33
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion presents a vocal tour-de-force from one of today's finest mezzo-sopranos, Alice Coote. Accompanied by The English Concert and Harry Bicket (in their Hyperion label début), Coote performs a selection of Handel's greatest arias. She employs an extraordinary range of vocal and dramatic color to produce triumphant and moving interpretations of these masterpieces. Handel's Italian operas are represented by Alcina, Ariodante, Radamisto and Giulio Cesare. Coote's performances of selections from the English oratorio Hercules are a special highlight.

Financial Times, 6th September 2014
The bronze-coloured mezzo of Alice Coote is well-suited to the virtuosity and drama in some of Handel's greatest operas.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
The wealth of virtues in Coote's recital include her intuitive sense of apposite, well-proportioned ornamentation and a sure feeling for just tempo...Occasionally I found her vibrato and vocal portamentos a little intrusive. But expressive singing with eloquent instrumental partnership make for a rewarding encounter.

Opera Now
How spoiled we are for great mezzos, and Coote is one of the most treasurable. There is some perfect singing on this disc - and the rest isn't bad too...There is no showy emoting: everything here...is done with art rather than histrionics.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Do not miss this exquisite program. Alice Coote, as usual, is the epitome of artistry here; and The English Consort is also excellent. I was moved to tears by the performance of 'Verdi Prati'. Coote's coloratura in the triumphant 'Sta nell'Iracana' is thrilling. 'Where Shall I Fly' from the infrequently performed Hercules is fiery and dramatic; and Sesto's beautiful aria, 'Cara Speme, Questo Core' gentle and intimate. The Ariodante arias are simply terrific.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Radamisto, HWV 12a :: Act 2. Scene 1. Quando mai, spietata sorte
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34 :: Act 2. Scene 3. Mi lusinga il dolce affetto
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34 :: Act 2. Scene 12. Verdi prati
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34 :: Act 3. Scene 3. Stà nell'Ircana
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules, HWV 60 :: Act 1. Scene 2. There in myrtle shades reclined
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules, HWV 60 :: Act 2. Scene 6. Cease, ruler of the day, to rise
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules, HWV 60 :: Act 3. Scene 3. Where shall I fly?
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17 :: Act 1. Scene 8. Cara speme, questo core
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante, HWV 33 :: Act 1. Scene 8. Con l'ali di costanza
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante, HWV 33 :: Act 2. Scene 3. Scherza infida!
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante, HWV 33 :: Act 3. Scene 9. Dopo notte
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (2013-06-06_2013-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734