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Il Caro Sassone: Handel in Italy / Lucy Crowe, soprano

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Dietro l'orme fuggaci, HWV 105 "Armida abbandonata"
>Handel, George Frideric : Delirio Amoroso, HWV 99
>     Sonata
>Handel, George Frideric : Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a
>     Aria
>Handel, George Frideric : Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241
>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione, HWV 47
>     Aria
>Handel, George Frideric : Tu fedel? tu costante?, HWV 171
>     Sonata
>Handel, George Frideric : Alpestre Monte, cantata, HWV 81
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata a 5, HWV 288
>     Andante
>Handel, George Frideric : Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96
>     Recitativo
>     Aria
>Handel, George Frideric : Aminta e Fillide, HWV 83
>     Aria

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Dietro l'orme fuggaci, HWV 105 "Armida abbandonata"
>Handel, George Frideric : Delirio Amoroso, HWV 99
>Handel, George Frideric : Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a
>Handel, George Frideric : Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241
>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione, HWV 47
>Handel, George Frideric : Tu fedel? tu costante?, HWV 171
>Handel, George Frideric : Alpestre Monte, cantata, HWV 81
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata a 5, HWV 288
>Handel, George Frideric : Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96
>Handel, George Frideric : Aminta e Fillide, HWV 83
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Young British soprano Lucy Crowe is poised to take the opera world by storm. Her powerful, expressive performances have been hailed on both sides of the Atlantic, and a Met debut is planned for the 2012-13 season. On this dazzling new album, Crowe joins The English Concert led by Harry Bicket in a program of Handel arias and cantatas dating from his 1706-10 sojourn in Italy, where he was affectionately dubbed Il Caro Sassone (the dear Saxon).

"There is a marvellous flamboyance to these youthful works...Crowe is fully equal to their demands, showing an imaginative sensitivity to Handel's melodic shapes, even if a few low notes take her beyond her best range. She's alert, too, to the music's harmonic implications...Bicket proves an astute accompaniment [sic], allowing Crowe all the time she needs to turn corners...The English Concert make a fine showing, their trumpets resplendent" -BBC Music Magazine

"She has added luscious chest tones to her bright soprano in recent seasons, and consistently delights in Handel’s gloriously youthful music, which includes an early variant of the famous aria from Rinaldo, Lascia ch’io pianga. Bicket’s English Concert supplies luxury, stylish accompaniments." -The Sunday Times

"With her vernal light lyric soprano, grace of line and vivid response to mood, Lucy Crowe proves well-nigh ideal in this conspectus of music from Handel's Italian years...Crowe's delectable singing is complemented by fresh, rhythmically buoyant and, where needed, virtuoso playing from the English Concert, who on their own give sparkling performances of three instrumental numbers from [Handel's] astonishingly fertile Italian sojourn." -Gramophone

"Crowe follows the young composer’s flights with musical and emotional fidelity, in tones from tender to sharply penetrating. She uses her voice with quasi-instrumental freedom, but also with the kind of micro-inflection that the voice can make so much more potent and heart-piercing than any instrument. Harry Bicket and the players of the English Concert are hand-in-glove partners to the vocal wizardry." -The Irish Times

BBC Music Magazine
There is a marvellous flamboyance to these youthful works...Crowe is fully equal to their demands, showing an imaginative sensitivity to Handel's melodic shapes, even if a few low notes take her beyond her best range. She's alert, too, to the music's harmonic implications...Bicket proves an astute accompaniment [sic], allowing Crowe all the time she needs to turn corners...The English Concert make a fine showing, their trumpets resplendent

Sunday Times
She has added luscious chest tones to her bright soprano in recent seasons, and consistently delights in Handel's gloriously youthful music, which includes an early variant of the famous aria from Rinaldo, Lascia ch'io pianga. Bicket's English Concert supplies luxury, stylish accompaniments.

Classic FM Magazine
With this recital, Crowe cements her star status in the Baroque world. Her technique is dazzling (hearing her diminuendo and crescendo on a high A in a trumpet-and-drums aria from La Resurrezione is a joy in itself), her voice is pure and fresh, and she's a natural communicator... this is a fascinating and beautifully performed portrait of a genius composer flexing his wings.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK (08/2010).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Dietro l'orme fuggaci, HWV 105 "Armida abbandonata"
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 15 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Delirio Amoroso, HWV 99 :: Sonata
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a :: Aria
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione, HWV 47 :: Aria
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Tu fedel? tu costante?, HWV 171 :: Sonata
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Handel, George Frideric : Alpestre Monte, cantata, HWV 81
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707-09.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1707-1709

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata a 5, HWV 288 :: Andante
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96 :: Recitativo
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Handel, George Frideric : Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96 :: Aria
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Handel, George Frideric : Aminta e Fillide, HWV 83 :: Aria
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1707