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Handel: Arias ()

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composed by George Frederick Handel

Given Danielle de Niese's astronomic rise to prominence in the late twentieth century (she made her Met debut at the age of 19 as Barbarina), it's surprising it took until 2007 for her voice to make it onto disc, but it was worth the wait. For her first album she has chosen a recital of arias from Handel operas, some familiar and some relatively obscure. She has a spontaneity and unaffected manner that confirm her assertion in the program notes that she sings for the pure joy of it. She has the agility to manage Handel's ...

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  1. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Da tempeste
  2. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga
  3. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Tornami a vagheggiar
  4. Teseo, opera, HWV 9: Dolce riposo, ed innocente pace
  5. Teseo, opera, HWV 9: Ira, sdegni, e furore ... O stringerò nel sen
  6. Apollo e Dafne (La Terra è Liberata), dramatic cantata for soprano, bass & orchestra, HWV 122: Felicissima quest'alma
  7. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Il mio crudel martoro
  8. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Vo' far guerra
  9. Amadigi di Gaula, opera, HWV 11: Ah, spietati
  10. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Myself I shall adore
  11. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Piangerò la sorte mia
  12. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Endless pleasure, endless love
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