Handel Arias from Rinaldo & Orlando

Handel Arias from Rinaldo & Orlando

by Ewa Podles
     
 

Ewa Podles is a true contralto, that rarest of voices, and the scope of her repertoire is as wide as her vocal range. Luxuriant and darkly vibrant, her low voice is the envy of many mezzos, but she ascends above the staff too, extending three octaves into bright, sunny soprano territory. Her equally wide-ranging repertory encompassesSee more details below

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Ewa Podles is a true contralto, that rarest of voices, and the scope of her repertoire is as wide as her vocal range. Luxuriant and darkly vibrant, her low voice is the envy of many mezzos, but she ascends above the staff too, extending three octaves into bright, sunny soprano territory. Her equally wide-ranging repertory encompasses contemporary music by Krzysztof Penderecki, the mezzo roles of the 19th-century masters Verdi and Wagner, and 18th-century works by Gluck and Handel as well. But with her full-bodied, earthy voice, Podles's performances of early music are particularly notable, a welcome change from the often chaste, bloodless recordings of Baroque specialists. This album of Italian arias from two operas by Handel -- Rinaldo and Orlando -- is not for the weak of heart. Handel's virtuoso arias put Podles's remarkable instrument through its paces, but her powerful voice negotiates the composer's delicate coloratura with style and relative ease. Constantine Orbelian and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra accompany in a lively performance set apart by that distinctively coarse, bristly sound so characteristic of many Russian ensembles. Early music purists beware: If you like your Handel refined and clean, this album is not for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer Handel with zest and zing and a little roughness around the edges, Podles is the singer of your dreams.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Stanley Sadie
Podles tosses off the bravura music with brilliance, almost with abandon, with each note sharply articulated in the semiquaver runs; she matches the trumpet with her crisp attack in 'Or la tromba', and she ventures several rapid tempos... This is altogether quite a tour de force of Handel singing.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/16/2001
Label:
Delos Records
UPC:
0013491325323
catalogNumber:
3253
Rank:
156821

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Tracks

  1. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Venti turbini  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  2. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Cara sposa  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  3. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Abbruggio, avvampo e fremo  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  4. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: È un incendio frà due venti  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  5. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Ogni indugio d'un amante  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  6. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Or la tromba  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  7. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Tale stupor m'occupa  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  8. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Cor ingrato  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  9. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Il Tricerbero umiliato  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  10. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Fammi combattere  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  11. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: È questa la mercede  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  12. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Cielo! Se tu il consenti  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  13. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Imagini funeste...  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  14. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Non fu già men forte Alcide  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  15. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Già lo stringo  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  16. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Ah Stigie larve!...  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  17. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Già latra Cerbero...  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour
  18. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Vaghe pupille  - George Frideric Handel  - Malcolm Hamilton  - Amelia S. Haygood  - George W. Loomis  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  - Constantine Orbelian  - Ewa Podles  - Carol Rosenberger  - Jory Vinikour

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Ewa Podles   Primary Artist

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