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Great Handel ()

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composed by George Frederick Handel

Ian Bostridge's collection of Handel arias and recitatives plunges boldly into the familiar repertoire -- pieces done so frequently that they're likely to be greeted with a yawn. It's a measure of Bostridge's confidence that he devotes much of the CD to these warhorses, and of his skill, that they come across as fresh and newly imagined. Bostridge's "Comfort ye," and "Ev'ry Valley" from Messiah, are a case in point. First, he sings them with absolutely solid technical assurance, which sets him apart from the tenors in the ...

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  1. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Air, Where'er you walk
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Accompagnato. Comfort ye
  3. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Air. Ev'ry valley
  4. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Accompagnato. Frondi tenere
  5. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Arioso. Ombra mai fu
  6. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Aria. Così la tortorella
  7. Acis and Galatea, oratorio, HWV 49: Air. Love sounds th'alarm
  8. Acis and Galatea, oratorio, HWV 49: Air. Love in her eyes sits playing
  9. Acis and Galatea, oratorio, HWV 49: Duet. Happy we!
  10. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Aria. Scherza infida
  11. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Aria. Dopo notte
  12. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Air. Total eclipse!
  13. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Pastoral Ode), oratorio, HWV 55: Duet. As steals the morn
  14. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Accompagnato. Hide thou thy hated beams
  15. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: A father, off'ring up his only child
  16. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Air. Waft her, angels
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Great Handel
2007, Warner Classics

UPC: 094638224327


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