Handel Arias from Rinaldo & Orlando

Handel Arias from Rinaldo & Orlando

by Ewa Podles


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/16/2001
Label: Delos Records
UPC: 0013491325323
catalogNumber: 3253
Rank: 244030


  1. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Venti turbini

    1. Venti turbini  (03:51)
  2. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Cara sposa

    1. Cara sposa  (04:51)
  3. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Abbruggio, avvampo e fremo

    1. Abbruggio, avvampo e fremo  (06:13)
  4. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: È un incendio frà due venti

    1. È un incendio frà due venti  (02:23)
  5. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Ogni indugio d'un amante

    1. Ogni indugio d'un amante  (08:12)
  6. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Or la tromba

    1. Or la tromba  (09:18)
  7. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Tale stupor m'occupa

    1. Tale stupor m'occupa  (04:17)
  8. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Cor ingrato

    1. Cor ingrato  (04:45)
  9. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Il Tricerbero umiliato

    1. Il Tricerbero umiliato  (03:58)
  10. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Fammi combattere

    1. Fammi combattere  (02:19)
  11. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: È questa la mercede

    1. È questa la mercede  (02:38)
  12. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Cielo! Se tu il consenti

    1. Cielo! Se tu il consenti  (04:04)
  13. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Imagini funeste...

    1. Imagini funeste...  (03:46)
  14. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Non fu già men forte Alcide

    1. Non fu già men forte Alcide  (04:54)
  15. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Già lo stringo

    1. Già lo stringo  (02:25)
  16. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Ah Stigie larve!...

    1. Ah Stigie larve!...  (02:38)
  17. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Già latra Cerbero...

    1. Già latra Cerbero...  (01:38)
  18. Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Vaghe pupille

    1. Vaghe pupille  (03:51)

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Ewa Podles   Primary Artist

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