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Great Handel Import

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  • Audio CD (July 17 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000PFU9LK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. Where E're You Walk
2. Comfort ye my people
3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
4. Fronde tenere
5. Ombra mai fu (Largo)
6. Cosi la tortorella
7. Love sounds the Alarm
8. Love in her Eyes
9. Happy We
10. Aria: Scherza infida
11. Doppo notte
12. Total eclipse
13. 39. Duet: As steals the Morn
14. Hide though thy hated beams (recit)
15. A father offering up his only child (recit)
16. Waft Her Angels

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I am not an authority on Handel recordings but I purchased this CD after listening to Ian Bostridge's CD "English Songbook". The music is excellent and Bostridge's voice is sublime. Duets with Kate Royal are magical especially "So steals the morn".
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0d1c5dc) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d6203c) out of 5 stars Two Great Handel Tenors July 20 2007
By R. Rolland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just when the torrent of Handel recitals seemed to have slowed, we get two great tenor recitals in less than a month. Mark Padmore and Ian Bostridge double up on only a few airs - Where'er you walk, Total eclipse, As steals the morn, Waft her, angels. Padmore is more dramatic, with longer scenes; Bostridge more lyrical. I usually listen to them back to back, but if I only have time for one, it is the Bostridge that gets chosen. His "Waft her, angels" pierces the heart.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d62444) out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan Sept. 1 2007
By George Peabody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD

"Handel is the GREATEST composer who ever lived. I would bare my head and kneel at his grave." Thus said the great Beethoven.

The repertoire on this album is from both Handel's famous operas and oratorios, some of which were written for castrati. Ian Bostridge says that his aim is to put the spotlight back on the Handel tenor with the making of this album, while he also attempts to represent with the program, Handel's ability to recreate himself while remaining essentially the same. Handel has long been identified with great Choral Music, in part, and mostly with 'The Messiah'. Without diminishing the power of his traditional work, informed opinion lately has come to the true heart of his greatness: Opera.

Ian Bostridge, accompanied by the sublime Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, takes on a selection of arias and airs (and two duets) from Handel's operas and oratorios. He embraces these excerpts with equal parts grace, as in the lovely 'Ombra Mai Fu' and gives due strength to 'Scherzo infido' from 'Arodante'; and reminds us that great roles in late Baroque opera weren't confined to countertenors.

I have always been attracted to the sound of Bostridge's voice, and his singing is manufactured from a very intelligent mind, and a musical sensitivity that is rare in many singers. But in the past 10 years his voice has deepened and grown and I think he has attained the perfection for which he was striving. I have really never heard the much sung 'Where'er you walk' performed with such incredible emotion and feeling. Even the very fine tenor John Aler,who sang the song in the outstanding award-winning opera 'Semele', really does not match Bostridge's renditon on this disc. The entire album is superior, as is the Mark Padmore album that was just released. There are a few songs that are the same, but that in no way interferes with your enjoyment of both of them. Two fine tenors, each doing their own wonderful interpretation. I could not live without either of the them; my ears would curl up and die!!!!!
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d624bc) out of 5 stars Bostridge in best form in Handel arias July 17 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I get the feeling that Amazon has given up providing official (paid for) reviews, so buyers won't be told that this colleciton of Handel from Ian Bostridge selects from Ariodante, Acis and Galatea, Samson, Jephtha, L'allegro e il penserosso, Semele, and of course, Messiah. The singer's voice has darkened since its fragile, willowy early days, and even though there are still a few holdouts like me who cannot abide its eccentric reedy timbre, there is no doubt about Bostridge's artistry. Here he gets good period accompaniment from the famous Age of Enlighenment orchestra (zingy strings, no vibrato), although the conducting is notably sluggish at points. The singer avoids his often excessive underlining and over-acting, so all in all one must call this CD one of his best recent outings.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d6284c) out of 5 stars Heart-stabbing, romantic music avant la lettre Sept. 14 2013
By George Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Often bracketed with Bach, Handel and Bach were as different as contemporaries could possibly be. I would instead compare Handel with Schubert, history's worldliest and un-worldliest composers, but both with an infinite gift for melody, one lovely, ravishing melody after another, and another. But Schubert can be depressive, Handel never - being acclaimed and rich, it may be, is better than being little appreciated and poorer than a church mouse; being large and imposing is also better than being so small and round as to be nicknamed Mushroom.

As for Bostridge, there are many ways to perform Handel. Bostridge's is the gentle way, emphasizing melody over rhythm, sweetness over strength; it works for me, though I like the other ways too. Sung as Bostridge sings it, this is the most heart-stabbing, almost heart-breaking music ever composed, and yet also the most peaceful, serene. If you take an ace inhibitor or calcium channel blocker, try this instead to lower your blood pressure and slow your pulse with no side effects whatsoever; and, into the bargain, an antidote to the cynicism generated by events in the quotidian world of politics, economics, and unending war - not to worry, God won't end the world while such music exists.
HASH(0xa0d62984) out of 5 stars Minor Singing June 25 2015
By A blogger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think that Ian Bostridge can sing Schubert lieder but definitely not Handel. He lacks the excitement and power of a true Handelian singer. He fails to thrill on this CD.