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Handel
     

Handel

by Julia Lezhneva
 
The athletic Italian- (and Latin-) language arias of the young Handel, almost unknown to general audiences a few decades ago, have become almost a rite of passage for young sopranos, so it's no surprise to see the highly praised soprano Julia Lezhneva come along with a collection of them for her second solo album. It's an attractive set showing

Overview

The athletic Italian- (and Latin-) language arias of the young Handel, almost unknown to general audiences a few decades ago, have become almost a rite of passage for young sopranos, so it's no surprise to see the highly praised soprano Julia Lezhneva come along with a collection of them for her second solo album. It's an attractive set showing that Lezhneva knows how to play to her strengths. There are just enough of the big showpieces to prove that she can acquit herself fine in them (and indeed she has done the likes of Vivaldi very well in the past), but the majority of the program is devoted to displaying her rather uncanny silvery sound. Prepare for held high notes that seem to take on an almost mechanical quality as they're extended with perfectly consistent tone beyond what seems physically possible. Lezhneva does well to include the limpid "Salve Regina, HWV 241," as well as several numbers from the little allegorical oratorio "Il trionfo del tempo e del disanganno, HWV 46a," which has several reflective numbers including the familiar "Lascia la spina" (track three), an irresistible tune recycled by Handel later on. Sample that or the final numbers from the same oratorio (tracks 14-15), which are gorgeous. The venerable Il Giardino Armonico matches Lezhneva step for step, and there are several numbers in which instrumental soloists engage in difficult duets with her. An above-average Handel recital that serves further notice of a major new talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2015
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947867661
catalogNumber:
002392702
Rank:
19244

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Tracks

  1. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Un pensiero nemico di pace
  2. Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241
  3. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Lascia la spina cogli la rosa
  4. Agrippina, opera, HWV 6: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate
  5. Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241: Ad te clamamus
  6. Agrippina, opera, HWV 6: Sinfonia
  7. Dixit Dominus, hymn for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G minor, HWV 232: Tecum principium
  8. Rodrigo, opera, HWV 5: Per dar pregio all'amor mio
  9. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Disserratevi, O Porte D'Averno
  10. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Tu del Ciel ministro eletto
  11. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Pure del Cielo intelligenze eterne...
  12. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Come nembo che fugge col vento
  13. Apollo e Dafne (La Terra è Liberata), dramatic cantata for soprano, bass & orchestra, HWV 122: Felicissima quest'alma

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