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Handel: Vocal Duets & Trios / Roberta Invernizzi, Silvia Frigato, Krystian Adam, Thomas Bauer. La Risonanza

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Quel fior ch'all'alba ride, trio for 2 sopranos, bass & continuo, HWV 200
>Handel, George Frideric : Giu nei Tartarei regni, duet for soprano & bass, HWV 187
>Handel, George Frideric : Quando in calma ride il mare, HWV 191
>Handel, George Frideric : Amor gioje mi porge, for 2 soprano voices & continuo, HWV180
>Handel, George Frideric : Italian Duets
>Handel, George Frideric : Che via pensando, folle pensier, duet for soprano & bass, HWV 184
>Handel, George Frideric : Va, speme infida, duet for 2 sopranos & continuo, HWV 199
>Handel, George Frideric : Tacete, ohime, tacete, duet for soprano, bass & continuo, HWV 196
>Handel, George Frideric : Se tu non lasci amore, trio for 2 sopranos, bass & continuo, HWV 201
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Notes & Reviews:

Fabio Bonizzoni returns with a further Glossa release dedicated to the chamber vocal output of George Friederic Handel: here, a second volume of duets (and trios), which features the vocal talents of Roberta Invernizzi, Silvia Frigato, Thomas Bauer and Krystian Adam. Whilst Handel wrote these small-scale vocal works across his career, this new selection focuses on that astonishingly fertile brief stay that the young Saxon made in Italy from 1707-09 (when he also produced many of the cantatas which Bonizzoni has recorded to great critical success for Glossa). These sensual duets and trios are imbued with Handel's discovery of Italian - especially the Arcadian - culture, which included him hearing and understanding the music of Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti. How quickly and successfully Handel developed the chamber duet form is discussed in another of Stefano Russomanno's detailed explorations of Handel's music in the booklet essay. Much of the music for these duets and trios on this recording is scored for soprano and bass singers and Roberta Invernizzi, in particular, is afforded another opportunity to demonstrate her magical reaction to Handel's responsiveness to the Italian language. Not to be outdone in this respect are also the other vocal solists and of course the experienced continuo team from La Risonanza: Caterina Dell'Angello (cello), Evangelina Mascardi (theorbo) and Fabio Bonizzoni himself (harpsichord).

The Guardian, 13th December 2015
You can expect these days to hear sopranos of impeccable virtuosity such as Roberta Invernizzi and Silvia Frigato, though they blend and balance with exceptional skill. Rather more surprising is the equally effortless clarity and brilliance of Thomas Bauer's baritone, matching every roulade with easy grace.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
The chamber singing of all participants has pinpoint accuracy, refined poise and poetic expressiveness; there is a pleasing hint of teasing wistfulness between Bauer and Frigato in the gently affectionate Che vai pensando, folle pensier... continuo accompaniments are realised with exquisite subtlety by Caterina dell'Agnello (cello), Evangelina Mascardi (theorbo) and Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord). Beaming a searchlight into the darkest and furthest corners of Handel's youthful Italian-period creations, these sage performances are essential fare.

Sunday Times, 24th January 2016
Here's a new star in the making. Mineccia was a vicious-sounding Tolomeo, the villain of Alan Curtis's recording of Handel's Giulio Cesare, but this new album of arias, mostly written in London by Handel's Royal Academy colleague Ariosti, reveals a voice of sensual beauty, especially in languorous arias such as Bella mia, lascia ch'io vado, from The Glorious Omens of Scipio Africanus (Vienna, 1704). His virtuosity in the bravura numbers is breathtaking, too.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2016
Sopranos Roberta Invernizzi and Silvia Frigato share the honours with tenor Krystian Adam and baritone Thomas Bauer, and they are all up to the pieces' demands... the accompaniments, meanwhile, are stylishly handled by the three members of La Risonanza.

The Arts Desk, 20th February 2016
You can't imagine them being better performed than they are here; sopranos Roberta Invernizzi and Silvia Frigato are immaculately matched in the pair of duets they share...Handel's settings have an extraordinary vivacity and zest, prompting smiles even when the texts are gloomy. And who needs an orchestra when Fabio Bonizoni's stripped-down, three-person La Risonanza provide such lively backing?

Sunday Times, 28th February 2016
The playing is alive, inventive, compelling; and the Canon is heard here in a brisk, fresh reading.

Early Music Today, March/May 2016
Both Invernizzi and Frigato have sweet-toned, full soprano voices... and Bauer's baritone gives the trio a strong foundation ... underlain by the excellent continuo playing of Caterina dell'Agnello (mellow cello), Evangelina Mascardi (a lush and plummy theorbo) and Fabio Bonizzoni, crisp and elegant on the harpsichord.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache (France) (06/24/2014-06/27/2014).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Quel fior ch'all'alba ride, trio for 2 sopranos, bass & continuo, HWV 200
  • Performers: Thomas Bauer; Silvia Frigato (Voice); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Fabio Bonizzoni
  • Ensemble: La Risonanza
  • Notes: The Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache (France) (06/24/2014-06/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: circa 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Giu nei Tartarei regni, duet for soprano & bass, HWV 187
  • Performers: Thomas Bauer; Organ] Fabio Bonizzoni [Harpsichord (Harpsichord); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Fabio Bonizzoni
  • Notes: The Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache (France) (06/24/2014-06/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Quando in calma ride il mare, HWV 191
  • Performers: Thomas Bauer; Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Fabio Bonizzoni
  • Notes: The Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache (France) (06/24/2014-06/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1709

>Handel, George Frideric : Amor gioje mi porge, for 2 soprano voices & continuo, HWV180
  • Performers: Silvia Frigato (Voice); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Fabio Bonizzoni
  • Notes: The Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache (France) (06/24/2014-06/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707-1709

>Handel, George Frideric : Italian Duets
  • Performers: Krystian Adam; Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Fabio Bonizzoni
  • Notes: The Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache (France) (06/24/2014-06/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Che via pensando, folle pensier, duet for soprano & bass, HWV 184
  • Performers: Thomas Bauer; Silvia Frigato (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fabio Bonizzoni
  • Notes: The Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache (France) (06/24/2014-06/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Va, speme infida, duet for 2 sopranos & continuo, HWV 199
  • Performers: Silvia Frigato (Voice); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Fabio Bonizzoni
  • Notes: The Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache (France) (06/24/2014-06/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1711

>Handel, George Frideric : Tacete, ohime, tacete, duet for soprano, bass & continuo, HWV 196
  • Performers: Thomas Bauer; Silvia Frigato (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fabio Bonizzoni
  • Notes: The Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache (France) (06/24/2014-06/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Se tu non lasci amore, trio for 2 sopranos, bass & continuo, HWV 201
  • Performers: Thomas Bauer; Silvia Frigato (Voice); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Fabio Bonizzoni
  • Notes: The Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache (France) (06/24/2014-06/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708