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Great Handel / Bickett, Bostridge, Royal, et al

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
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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: Ian Bostridge; Steven Devine (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Richard Lester (Cello); 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: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Accompagnato. Comfort ye
  • Performers: Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Steven Devine (Organ); Ian Bostridge; 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 (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Richard Lester (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Ian Bostridge
  • 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: Ian Bostridge; Richard Lester (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); 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)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Arioso. Ombra mai fu
  • Performers: Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Steven Devine (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Ian Bostridge; 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. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47 :: Aria. Così la tortorella
  • Performers: Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute); Steven Devine (Organ); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Ian Bostridge; Richard Lester (Cello); 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: 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: Ian Bostridge; Richard Lester (Cello); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); 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: 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel) :: Air. Love in her eyes sits playing
  • Performers: Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Steven Devine (Organ); Ian Bostridge; 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: 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: Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Steven Devine (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Ian Bostridge; 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: Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Richard Lester (Cello); Steven Devine (Organ); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Andrew Watts (Bassoon); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Ian Bostridge; Sally Jackson (Bassoon)
  • 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 (Organ); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Ian Bostridge; 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: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 :: Air. Total eclipse!
  • Performers: Richard Lester (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Ian Bostridge; Steven Devine (Organ); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); 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. 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: Ian Bostridge; Anthony Robson (Oboe); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Steven Devine (Organ); Richard Earle (Oboe); Sally Jackson (Bassoon); Richard Lester (Cello); Andrew Watts (Bassoon)
  • 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: Steven Devine (Organ); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Ian Bostridge; 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. 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); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Richard Lester (Cello); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Ian Bostridge; 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: Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Sarah Cunningham (Viola da gamba); Steven Devine (Harpsichord); Steven Devine (Organ); Richard Lester (Cello); Ian Bostridge
  • 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