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Handel

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Handel, George Frideric : Scipione
>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
>Handel, George Frideric : Lotario, opera, HWV 26
>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina
>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander Balus
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Fleming is undoubtedly America's most renowned soprano, consistantly filling the world's opera houses with her golden voice, versatile technique and stunning musicality." - The Washington Post

Two-time Grammyr Award winner Renée Fleming ventures with supreme artistry into the virtuosic realm of Baroque repertoire. Handel is filled with arias from opera & oratorio that showcase the strength & suppleness of Fleming's voice as well as the depth of her musical gifts. This new recording features repertoire in Italian & in English including selections from Rodelinda. The conductor for the album is English baroque specialist Harry Bicket. The album was recorded with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, which recently toured US with Cecilia Bartoli.

Notes & Reviews:

Renée Fleming is widely hailed as one of the world's leading sopranos--and for good reason. The charismatic singer has captivated audiences worldwide with a voice of stunning beauty and a radiant stage presence. She's a true diva in the best sense of the word, acclaimed for her brilliance in the works of Strauss and Mozart, as well as the bel canto repertoire. A recital disc of Handel arias may seem a departure, but the singer's training was grounded in the great composer's canon, and she enjoyed great success in the title role of a 1999 production of 'Alcina.'

The program offers both well-known and rarely heard works spanning 40 years of Handel's career, from the da capo arias of the early Italian operas, through to the later English-language oratorios. Fleming's accounts offer a richness of tone and vocal warmth not generally associated with Baroque opera, but well suited to such sumptuous music. The elaborate ornamentation and virtuosic leaps and runs present in many of the arias allow Fleming to demonstrate her remarkable technique, notably on "Let the bright Seraphim" and "Da tempeste il legno infranto." The expertise of Harry Bicket and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment in this repertoire manifests itself through deeply informed accounts of the scores, and proves to be an essential component of this outstanding disc.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Oh sleep, why dost thou leave me?
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Endless pleasure
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Scipione :: Scoglio d'immota fronte
  • Performers: Anthony Robson (Oboe); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1726
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando :: Quando spieghi i tuoi tormenti
  • Performers: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Alison Bury (Violin)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Ombra mai fú
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 :: To fleeting pleasures make your court
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascia ch'io pianga
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Dunque, i lacci d'un volto...Ah! crudel
  • Performers: Philip Turbett (Bassoon); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "Dunque, i lacci d'un volto..."
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 :: Let the bright Seraphim
  • Performers: David Blackadder (Trumpet); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: V'adoro, pupille
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Da tempeste il legno infranto
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Ritorna, o caro e dolce mio tesoro
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: Composition written: 1725.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Lotario, opera, HWV 26 :: Sommo rettor del cielo...D'una torbida sorgente
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1729
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina :: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate
  • Performers: Anthony Robson (Oboe); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: Composition written: 1709.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1709
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina :: Bel piacere è godere fido amor!
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: Composition written: 1709.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1709
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander Balus :: Calm thou my soul...Convey me to some peaceful shore
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "Calm thou my soul..."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1747
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio