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Handel in Italy, Vol. 1 / Benjamin Bevan, Mary Bevan, Sophie Bevan. London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Gloria, for soprano & orchestra (discovered in 2001)
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo, HWV 5
>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina, HWV 6
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata (Fantasia) for harpsichord with double keys in G minor, HWV 579
>Handel, George Frideric : Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a
>Handel, George Frideric : Cuopre tal votla il cielo, cantata with violins & continuo, HWV 98
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Notes & Reviews:

London Early Opera (LEO) have recorded a unique program of Handel's Italian-inspired works, devised by harpsichordist, conductor, early music specialist and director Bridget Cunningham and featuring a unique family collaboration from world-renowned soprano sisters Sophie and Mary Bevan alongside their uncle, bass Benjamin Bevan. LEO are leading exponents of baroque research as they work closely with musicologists, historians, editors and researchers, interestingly linking dramatic music and singing with narration and art history for their concert performances.

Sunday Times, 16th August 2015
It opens an enjoyable showcase for Sophie, Mary and Benjamin Bevan: two sisters and their youthful uncle. Sophie sings it peachily, with a richer-sounding soprano than previous recorded exponents. The baritone cantata, stylishly sung, is a rarity, and the accompaniments and Cunningham's dispatch of a harpsichord sonata are spry.

The Observer, 9th August 2015
London Early Opera's new project gets off to an odd start, with the Gloria discovered in 2001, which may not actually date from the Italian years, but no one is going to object when it is so dazzlingly sung by Sophie Bevan. Other members of the remarkable Bevan family clan match her: soprano Mary contributes arias from opera and oratorio, while baritone Benjamin offers a fine cantata.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
This is as polished an account as any on account of Sophie Bevan's unerring sense of decorum for what each movement requires, from intimate piety to extrovert flair. Her sister Mary sings vibrantly in contrasting arias... [and] their uncle Benjamin chips in with an extrovert performance of the cantata Cuopre tal volta il cielo.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2015
[Sophie Bevan] sings with a full feminine tone, enchanting in the slow movements, while her sister Mary sings arias from Handel's 1709 Venetian opera, Agrippina... the surprise is Benjamin Bevan, best known for his work in 19th and 20th-century opera but secure and stylish in the bass cantata Cuopre tal volta il cielo.

MusicWeb International, September 2015
All make outstanding contributions to the CD.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Saint Jude-On-the-Hill, Hampstead, London (01/14/2013-01/16/2013).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Gloria, for soprano & orchestra (discovered in 2001)
  • Performer: Sophie Bevan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bridget Cunningham
  • Ensemble: London Early Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Saint Jude-On-the-Hill, Hampstead, London (01/14/2013-01/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo, HWV 5 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Bridget Cunningham
  • Ensemble: London Early Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Saint Jude-On-the-Hill, Hampstead, London (01/14/2013-01/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina, HWV 6 :: Act III
  • Performer: Mary Vocal] (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bridget Cunningham
  • Ensemble: London Early Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Saint Jude-On-the-Hill, Hampstead, London (01/14/2013-01/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1709

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata (Fantasia) for harpsichord with double keys in G minor, HWV 579
  • Performer: Bridget Cunningham (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Bridget Cunningham
  • Ensemble: London Early Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Saint Jude-On-the-Hill, Hampstead, London (01/14/2013-01/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1709

>Handel, George Frideric : Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a :: Part 1
  • Performer: Mary Vocal] (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bridget Cunningham
  • Ensemble: London Early Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Saint Jude-On-the-Hill, Hampstead, London (01/14/2013-01/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Cuopre tal votla il cielo, cantata with violins & continuo, HWV 98
  • Performer: Benjamin Bevan
  • Conductor: Bridget Cunningham
  • Ensemble: London Early Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Saint Jude-On-the-Hill, Hampstead, London (01/14/2013-01/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1708