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La Nuova Musica on Harmonia Mundi, the both Dixit Dominus of Handel & Vivaldi

Posted on 05 April 2013 by admin

Founded five years ago, La Nuova Musica is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to reinvigorating the music of the Renaissance and Baroque, it has shot to that “one of the most exciting consorts in the Early Music field”.   The Dixit Dominus of Handel and Vivaldi on Harmonia Mundi is directed by David Bates, the disc includes a pair of contrasting settings of the Psalm 109, Dixit Dominus – Handel’s HWV232, which coposed in 1707 during his visit to Italy, and Vivaldi’s RV807, his third setting of the Psalm, dating from the 1730s. The album also includes Vivaldi’s motet for solo voice, In furore iustissimae irae, featuring soprano Lucy Crowe.

Handel: Dixit Dominus – Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus, In furore iustissimae irae

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New Handel opera recording, Giove in Argo on Virgin Classics

Posted on 27 March 2013 by admin

New Handel opera recording, Giove in Argo on Virgin Classics

New Handel opera recording, Giove in Argo on Virgin Classics

The new “Giove in Argo” conducted by Alan Curtis. The opera is one of Handel’s three pasticcio works made up of music and arias from his previous operas. This recording follows the incredibly successful Ariodante released in 2011, starring Joyce DiDonato and hailed by the BBC Music Magazine as ‘the Ariodante to have’. Featured in this recording is an all-star cast including Ann Hallenberg, Theodora Baka, Karina Gauvin, Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, Johannes Weisser, and Ito Priante. The European ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, under the direction of its founder Curtis, is also heard in this recording.

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Aradia Ensemble on Naxos, Handel,Concerti Grossi, Op 6

Posted on 16 March 2013 by admin

Handel’s Concerti Grossi contain some of the finest orchestral music of the eighteenth century.It’s  Handel composed for a concertino trio of two violins and violoncello and a ripieno four-part string orchestra with harpsichord continuo. The Op 6 collection brims with a wealth of variety, colour, and dance rhythms—Polish and Pastoral dances, courtly and fast ones—and Handel’s customary self-borrowings and indeed borrowings from other composers. The combination of full orchestra with a concertino solo group of two violins and cello allows both breadth and intimacy, producing concertos in the fullest sense. On this recording Kevin Mallon incorporates the later oboe parts for Concertos Nos 1, 2, 5 and 6, using them as a model for most of the other concertos. When the oboes are silent, flutes or recorders are added, in line with eighteenth-century practice.

 

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Handel, Alceste, Chandos Recordings

Posted on 13 March 2013 by admin

Handel never performed his music for Alceste, he characteristically found plenty of practical uses for it. He adapted several sinfonias, choruses, and arias to form the majority of the music for The Choice of Hercules, and several other numbers were later used in revivals of Belshazzar and Alexander Balus.

In Alceste, Admetus, the terminally ill King of Thessaly, is promised by Apollo that he can defer his premature death if another person volunteers to die in his place. Alcestis, the beloved wife of Admetus, bravely sacrifices herself to die in his place. The hero Hercules visits his grieving friend Admetus, resolves to travel to Hades, overpowers Pluto, returns Alcestis to the world of the living, and restores her to Admetus…

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