Il Caro Sassone: Handel in Italy

Il Caro Sassone: Handel in Italy

by Lucy Crowe


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Il Caro Sassone: Handel in Italy

"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: 90730


  1. Armida Abbandonata (Dietro l'orme fugaci), cantata, HWV 105

    1. Accompagnato: Dietro l'orme fugaci  (01:02)
    2. Aria: Ah! crudele, e pur ten vai  (05:28)
    3. Recitativo: Per te mi struggo, infido  (00:23)
    4. Accompagnato: O voi, dell'inconstante  (00:50)
    5. Aria: Venti, fermate, sì  (02:53)
    6. Recitativo: Ma che parlo, che dico?  (00:57)
    7. Aria: In tanti affanni miei  (04:50)
  2. Il Delirio Amoroso (Da Quel Giorno Fatale), cantata for soprano & instruments, HWV 99: Sonata

    1. Sonata  (04:59)
  3. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Aria: Lascia la spina

    1. Aria: Lascia la spina  (05:20)
  4. Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241

    1. Salve Regina, mater misericordiae  (03:10)
    2. Ad te clamamus  (03:21)
    3. Eia ergo, avvocata nostra  (03:50)
    4. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis  (01:46)
  5. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Aria: Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno

    1. Aria: Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno  (05:25)
  6. Tu fedel? Tu constante?, cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 171: Sonata

    1. Sonata  (02:29)
  7. Alpestre Monte, cantata, HWV 81

    1. Accompagnato: Alpestre monte e solitaria selva  (00:54)
    2. Aria: Il so ben ch'il vostro orrore  (05:28)
    3. Recitativo: Quindi men vengo a voi  (00:55)
    4. Aria: Almen dopo il fato mio  (04:38)
  8. Sonata a 5 for violin & strings in B flat major (Sonata à Cinque), HWV 288: Andante

    1. Andante  (03:35)
  9. Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (Cor fedele in vano speri), cantata for 2 sopranos, alto & orchestra, HWV 96: Recitativo: Tirsi, mio caro

    1. Recitativo: Tirsi, mio caro  (00:57)
  10. Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (Cor fedele in vano speri), cantata for 2 sopranos, alto & orchestra, HWV 96: Aria: Barbaro, tu non credi

    1. Aria: Barbaro, tu non credi  (08:25)
  11. Aminta E Fillide (Arresta il Passo), cantata for 2 sopranos, strings & continuo, HWV 83: Aria: Se vago rio

    1. Aria: Se vago rio  (02:42)

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Lucy Crowe   Primary Artist

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