Il Caro Sassone: Handel in Italy

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
"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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
"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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046755928
  • Catalog Number: 907559
  • Sales rank: 125,302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241 - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (12:07)
  2. 2 Aminta E Fillide (Arresta il Passo), cantata for 2 sopranos, strings & continuo, HWV 83: Aria: Se vago rio - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (2:42)
  3. 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 (8:25)
  4. 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 (0:57)
  5. 5 Sonata a 5 for violin & strings in B flat major (Sonata à Cinque), HWV 288: Andante - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (3:35)
  6. 6 Alpestre Monte, cantata, HWV 81 - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (11:55)
  7. 7 Tu fedel? Tu constante?, cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 171: Sonata - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (2:29)
  8. 8 La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Aria: Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (5:25)
  9. 9 Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Aria: Lascia la spina - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (5:20)
  10. 10 Il Delirio Amoroso (Da Quel Giorno Fatale), cantata for soprano & instruments, HWV 99: Sonata - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (4:59)
  11. 11 Armida Abbandonata (Dietro l'orme fugaci), cantata, HWV 105 - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (16:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lucy Crowe Primary Artist
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