Caro Sassone: Handel in Italy

Il Caro Sassone: Handel in Italy

by Lucy Crowe
     
 
"Il caro sassone," the dear Saxon, was George Frederick Handel, during the first part of his career in Italy (1706-1710). He wrote music for various patrons there, with the result that his vocal compositions are a mixed bag: some extreme creations of the very ambitious 20-something Handel was, some of them soberer as a result of the purposes for which they were

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"Il caro sassone," the dear Saxon, was George Frederick Handel, during the first part of his career in Italy (1706-1710). He wrote music for various patrons there, with the result that his vocal compositions are a mixed bag: some extreme creations of the very ambitious 20-something Handel was, some of them soberer as a result of the purposes for which they were tailored. It's a fairly obscure corner of the repertory for a young soprano looking to make a name, but you can see why the British singer Lucy Crowe chose it: the music allowed her to display the considerable range of which her voice is capable. She has a compelling yet rather curious voice that will probably stir divergent reactions. In big martial arias she can deliver plenty of power, but in smaller pieces she often adopts a nearly vibrato-free timbre (vibrato creeps in unpredictably as a kind of ornament) thoroughly marked by the early music movement. When she extends that sound into her upper register, where she is perfectly capable of creating a creamier tone, the results will be either gutsy or highly questionable according to your perspective. Not so much under debate is the accuracy and sensitivity of the veteran historical-instrument group the English Concert, whose leader, Harry Bicket, is evolving into a fine conductor of Baroque opera. The group accompanies Crowe and performs alone with liveliness and precision in a few instrumental sonatas. Sampling this album may tell you whether you fall into the circle of Crowe's fans, but there's no doubt about it: she deserves to be heard.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2011
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0093046755928
catalogNumber:
907559
Rank:
185601

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Tracks

  1. Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - Lucy Crowe  - David Vickers
  2. Aminta E Fillide (Arresta il Passo), cantata for 2 sopranos, strings & continuo, HWV 83: Aria: Se vago rio  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - Lucy Crowe  - David Vickers
  3. Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (Cor fedele in vano speri), cantata for 2 sopranos, alto & orchestra, HWV 96: Aria: Barbaro, tu non credi  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - Lucy Crowe  - David Vickers
  4. Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (Cor fedele in vano speri), cantata for 2 sopranos, alto & orchestra, HWV 96: Recitativo: Tirsi, mio caro  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - Lucy Crowe  - David Vickers
  5. Sonata a 5 for violin & strings in B flat major (Sonata à Cinque), HWV 288: Andante  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - David Vickers
  6. Alpestre Monte, cantata, HWV 81  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - Lucy Crowe  - David Vickers
  7. Tu fedel? Tu constante?, cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 171: Sonata  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - David Vickers
  8. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Aria: Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - Lucy Crowe  - David Vickers
  9. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Aria: Lascia la spina  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - Lucy Crowe  - David Vickers
  10. Il Delirio Amoroso (Da Quel Giorno Fatale), cantata for soprano & instruments, HWV 99: Sonata  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - David Vickers
  11. Armida Abbandonata (Dietro l'orme fugaci), cantata, HWV 105  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Bicket  - Geneviève Begou  -  English Concert  - Heidi Fritz  - Lucy Crowe  - David Vickers

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Performance Credits

Lucy Crowe   Primary Artist

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