Handel's Last Prima Donna: Giulia Frasi in London

Handel's Last Prima Donna: Giulia Frasi in London

by Ruby HughesRuby Hughes

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Overview

The idea of performing and recording Handel's music with a focus on the singers who performed it originally is not new, but this release from soprano Ruby Hughes has several novel features. First is that the Handelian prima donna involved, Giulia Frasi, is not one who has been much examined before. She moved to London around 1740 and impressed Handel, who chose her for the premieres of his later oratorios (although not "Messiah"). Second, Frasi's career continued well after Handel's wound down, and Hughes and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Laurence Cummings cover its later phases here, in the process unearthing some quite rare music from England in the middle and later 18th century. For many listeners these will be the highlights, especially the oratorio excerpts of John Christopher Smith ("Paradise Lost," 1760, and "Rebecca," 1761). Smith, Thomas Arne, and Vincenzo Ciampi certainly labored under Handel's shadow, but sample the substantial selection from Philip Hayes' masque "Telemachus," which takes wing as Handel's slow arias often do. The Handel arias performed are also not terribly common ones. Frasi specialized in pure, virtuous heroines (although she took on the role of Eve in a Smith composition), and Hughes, with a voice not large but very attractive, seems to enter into her personality rather than simply using the arias as technical springboards. A must for Handel enthusiasts and for those interested in what happened to English music in the next generation.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2018
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115040324
catalogNumber: 403
Rank: 121926

Tracks

  1. Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66: Crystal streams in murmurs flowing

    1. Crystal streams in murmurs flowing  (08:16)
  2. L'Adriano (revised as Adriano in Sira, 1750): O Dio! Mancar mi sento

    1. O Dio! Mancar mi sento  (08:37)
  3. Il trionfo di Camilla, opera: Là per l'ombrosa sponda

    1. Là per l'ombrosa sponda  (04:42)
  4. Artaxerxes, opera in 3 acts: Why is death for ever late

    1. Why is death for ever late  (02:24)
  5. Paradise Lost, oratorio: Oh! do not, Adam, exercise on me thy hatred -

    1. Oh! do not, Adam, exercise on me thy hatred -  (01:02)
  6. Paradise Lost, oratorio: It comes! It comes! it must be death!

    1. It comes! It comes! it must be death!  (05:48)
  7. Rebecca, oratorio: But see, the night wiith silent pace steals on -

    1. But see, the night wiith silent pace steals on -  (01:32)
  8. Rebecca, oratorio: O balmy Sleep!

    1. O balmy Sleep!  (04:54)
  9. Alfred, masque in 3 acts: Gracious Heav'n, O hear me!

    1. Gracious Heav'n, O hear me!  (06:49)
  10. Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: Sinfonia -

    1. Sinfonia -  (00:56)
  11. Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: O thou bright Sun! -

    1. O thou bright Sun! -  (00:33)
  12. Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: With Darkness deep as is my Woe

    1. With Darkness deep as is my Woe  (04:05)
  13. Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: Symphony of soft Musick

    1. Symphony of soft Musick  (01:35)
  14. Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: But why art thou disquieted -

    1. But why art thou disquieted -  (00:31)
  15. Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: O that I on Wings cou'd rise

    1. O that I on Wings cou'd rise  (03:22)
  16. Telemachus, masque: Soon arrives thy fatal hour

    1. Soon arrives thy fatal hour  (08:06)
  17. The Choice of Hercules, oratorio, HWV 69: There the brisk sparkling nectar drain

    1. There the brisk sparkling nectar drain  (02:46)
  18. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Ye sacred priests -

    1. Ye sacred priests -  (00:41)
  19. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods

    1. Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods  (05:40)
  20. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Will the Sun forget to streak

    1. Will the Sun forget to streak  (05:49)

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