Handel in Italy Vol. 2

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  • London Early Opera continue their new series of Handel’s works with the second volume of pieces composed in Italy. Both volumes of Handel in Italy explore the young composer’s Italian years through his cantatas, sacred pieces, operatic works and instrumental compositions. Handel wrote prolifically during his stay in Italy, his output includes oratorios, operas, sonatas, instrumental works and sacred vocal masterpieces including over 100 cantatas. Featuring performances from internationally acclaimed soloists, the sopranos Sophie Bevan and Mary Bevan with their uncle, baritone Benjamin Bevan, conducted and conceived by Bridget Cunningham.

    1 Agrippina, HWV 6: Overture
    2 Nisi Dominus, HWV 238: Sicut Sagittae
    3-4 Il trionfo del Tempo e della Verità, HWV 46a: Pure del cielo, Tu del ciel ministro eletto
    5-8 Poichè giuraro Amore, HWV 148: Recitativo: Poichè giuraro Amore, Aria: Figli di rupe alpestra,
    Recitativo: Io senza speme, Aria: Basterebbe a tor di vita
    9 Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, HWV 580: Larghetto
    10-11 Harpsichord Concerto in G Major, HWV 487: I. Allegro, II. Andante
    12-16 Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV 102a: Recitativo: Dalla guerra amorosa, Aria: Non v'alletti un occhio nero
    Recitativo: Fuggite, sì fuggite, La belezza è come un fiore, Recitativo: Fuggite, sì fuggite, a che serve d'amor
    17 Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72: Aria: Precipitoso nel mar che freme
    18-19 Quel fior che all'alba ride, HWV 200: Quel fior che all'alba ride, È'un fior la vita
    20-21 Se tu non lasci amore, HWV 201a: Se tu non lasci amore, Ma con chi parlo

    ALSO AVAILABLE: SIGCD423 Handel in Italy Vol. 1
    “[Sophie Bevan] sings with a full feminine tone, enchanting in the slow movements, while her sister Mary sings arias from Handel's 1709 Venetian opera, Agrippina…the surprise is Benjamin Bevan, best known for his work in 19th and 20th-century opera but secure and stylish in the bass cantata Cuopre tal volta il cielo.”
    BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

    “if all six [discs] are put together with the same care as these two, and directed with the same verve and vigour, this will be a series well worth collecting.” Early Music Today, June/August 2016



  • London Early Opera
    Benjamin Bevan
    Mary Bevan
    Sophie Bevan
    Bridget Cunningham [conductor]
  • 1 CD - 0h 55mn 12s
    upc/ean. 635212046227
    ref. SIGCD462
    release date. 2016-09-02