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Great Handel / Bickett, Bostridge, Royal, et al

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>     Air, Where'er you walk
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Accompagnato. Comfort ye
>     Air. Ev'ry valley
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>     Accompagnato. Frondi tenere
>     Arioso. Ombra mai fu
>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47
>     Aria. Così la tortorella
>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel)
>     Air. Love sounds th'alarm
>     Air. Love in her eyes sits playing
>     Duet. Happy we!
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>     Aria. Scherza infida
>     Aria. Dopo notte
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
>     Air. Total eclipse!
>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato
>     Duet. As steals the morn
>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>     Accompagnato. Hide thou thy hated beams
>     A father, off'ring up his only child

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47
>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel)
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato
>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Making his baroque debut for EMI Classics, famed tenor Ian Bostridge takes on Handel's greatest arias. The repertoire is a mixture of English- and Italian-language arias from both opera and oratorios, some of which were originally written for castrati. Bostridge happens to be writing a book on the composer, and his research comes through in his understanding of the subtleties and nuances of this music.

BBC Music Magazine
Bostridge's care over colouring and shading refreshes numerous chestnuts...No self-conscious art here; it's the music that speaks.

bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
High points of the disc include Where'er you walk, and the uplifting Comfort ye... Ev'ry valley from The Messiah. However, with Bostridge's vocal precision and smooth tone the whole disc is undoubtedly an enjoyable listen.

BBC Music Magazine
Bostridge is sharply attuned to the subtlety of Handel's work setting, colouring his sound with a rich palette of timbres and effects: sonorous and sensuous in 'Ombra mai fù', hauntingly stark in 'Total eclipse'. ... Harry Bicket's direction is sensitive and unfussy - tempos are well-judged, allowing him to shape Handel's long-breathed melodic lines with supple grace.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Air, Where'er you walk
  • Performers: Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Steven Devine (Organ); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Richard Lester (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Accompagnato. Comfort ye
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Richard Lester (Cello)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Air. Ev'ry valley
  • Performers: Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Steven Devine (Organ); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Richard Lester (Cello)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Accompagnato. Frondi tenere
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Richard Lester (Cello); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Steven Devine (Organ); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Arioso. Ombra mai fu
  • Performers: Richard Lester (Cello); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Steven Devine (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47 :: Aria. Così la tortorella
  • Performers: Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Richard Lester (Cello); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Organ); Steven Devine (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel) :: Air. Love sounds th'alarm
  • Performers: Anthony Robson (Oboe); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Steven Devine (Organ); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Richard Lester (Cello)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel) :: Air. Love in her eyes sits playing
  • Performers: Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Richard Lester (Cello); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Steven Devine (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel) :: Duet. Happy we!
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Steven Devine (Organ); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Richard Lester (Cello)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Aria. Scherza infida
  • Performers: Andrew Watts (Bassoon); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Sally Jackson (Bassoon); Richard Lester (Cello); Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Aria. Dopo notte
  • Performers: Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Steven Devine (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Richard Lester (Cello); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 :: Air. Total eclipse!
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Richard Lester (Cello)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato :: Duet. As steals the morn
  • Performers: Andrew Watts (Bassoon); Sally Jackson (Bassoon); Richard Lester (Cello); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Richard Earle (Oboe); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Accompagnato. Hide thou thy hated beams
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Organ); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Richard Lester (Cello); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: A father, off'ring up his only child
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Richard Lester (Cello); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Air. Waft her, angels
  • Performers: Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Richard Lester (Cello); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/02/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752