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|Laura Heimes;Julianne Baird;Tony Boutte;Sumner Thompson;Douglas McNames;Karen Flint;Brandywine Baroque|
Love in Arcadia-Duets & Trios
Genres: Pop, Classical
The Italianate vocal duets of Handel, which trace their roots to the sixteenth century madrigal, are some of his most beautiful and least known works. Of twenty-one duets, this disc features all six duets for two sopranos,... more »
The Italianate vocal duets of Handel, which trace their roots to the sixteenth century madrigal, are some of his most beautiful and least known works. Of twenty-one duets, this disc features all six duets for two sopranos, two other duets and two trios. These pieces are demanding and challenging to even the most seasoned professional and provide an ideal showcase for these performers. In Italy, while learning to write beautiful melodies, Handel lived and worked under the patronage of aristocratic members of the Arcadian Academy. Though not a member, Handel was required to write vocal music for their meetings, where they presented papers on literary, artistic, philosophical and musical topics. Arcadians idealized simplicity, truth and a return to nature in their poetry and music. Their favorite poet, Petrarch, wrote about internal spiritual longing and unrequited love. Handel's duet texts, often written by Academy members, used highly charged sexual themes of unrequited love and the bondage of love's chains.
Delightful Handel Rarities
Paul Van de Water | Virginia, USA | 01/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The chamber works that Handel wrote during his early stay in Italy provided a treasure trove from which the composer drew throughout his lifetime. Yet these small-scale pieces would be wonderful listening even if they weren't the source of some of Handel's greatest hits. Although Handel's Italian cantatas are receiving renewed attention and excellent new recordings (such as the Glossa series), his duets and trios remain neglected.
Now come Julianne Baird and colleagues with a thoroughly delightful recording that helps fill this major gap in the Handel discography. Most of the pieces on this disc are not readily available elsewhere, and many are likely to be CD premieres. Earlier recordings (by Zadori and Esswood on Hungaraton, and by Coe and Bowman on Hyperion) included the soprano-alto duets. Here Baird performs duets for 2 sopranos (with Laura Heimes), and for soprano and tenor or bass, as well as the two trios. Gramophone's reviewer describes the instrumentalists as "impeccable partners among the vocal splendor.""