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The Sixteen Edition - Heroes and Heroines -Handel / Connolly

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Connoly seals her reputation as our best Handel mezzo in many years. The voice is richly colored, delicately used but incisively dramatic. She brings Handel to open-hearted expressive life, but never by tilting him towards Puccini; she knows the style through and through, and makes the maximum effort within it." -Financial Times

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Sarah Connolly is an exemplary Handel singer. Her recital is dominated by two roles she's performed at ENO, with arias from Alcina and Ariodante. 'Scherza infida' is an addictive mixture of vocal elegance and poignant desolation, and 'Mi lusingha' is sung with a beautiful simplicity that lacks for nothing in drama or passion.

In contrast, the extravagant coloratura in 'Dopo notte' and the robust 'Sta nell'Ircana' capture the virtuoso thrills of heroic joy. In Dejanira's 'Where shall I fly?', she reminds us that taste and subtlety have an important place even in Handel's tormented and emotionally unstable creation. She avoids contrived intensity and allows the quality of the vocal writing to speak for itself.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Sinfonia (Act 3)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Sta nell' Ircana
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Mi lusingha il doce affetto
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Sinfonia - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Recit & Aria
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Sinfonia to Act 2
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Recit & Aria
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Dopo notte
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Entrée des songes agréables
  • Notes: St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, England (11/19/2003-11/21/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Verdi prati
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Sinfonia (Act 2)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Recit & Aria
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Where shall I fly
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744