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Véronique Gens - Handel Cantatas ~ Lucrezia, Agrippina, Armiada / Les Basses Réunies
George Frideric Handel, Les Basses Reunies, Veronique Gens
Véronique Gens - Handel Cantatas ~ Lucrezia, Agrippina, Armiada / Les Basses Réunies
Genre: Classical
 
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Véronique Gens's intense soprano shines in this program of tragic cantatas about a trio of fatally wronged Roman heroines written by the twentysomething Handel during his triumphant Italian sojourn. Here, luckless Lucrezia...  more »

      
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Véronique Gens's intense soprano shines in this program of tragic cantatas about a trio of fatally wronged Roman heroines written by the twentysomething Handel during his triumphant Italian sojourn. Here, luckless Lucrezia and abandoned Armida vacillate between love and hate for the men who wronged them and agitated Agrippina rages against the son who condemned her to death, the Emperor Nero. Gens is with these wracked souls all the way, bending her lovely voice to capture the verbal nuances of the texts; listen, for example, how she deadens her tone for Agrippina's "A me sol giunga la morte." Throughout, she stays within the stylistic frame of historically informed performance practices, as do her excellent accompanists. Thanks to Ms. Gens, it's a pleasure to spend 52 minutes with such tortured protaganists. --Dan Davis
 

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OUTSTANDING
Ricardo J. Estevez | Coral Gables, FL United States | 07/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I always felt that Janet Baker owned La Lucrezia, but now having heard Veronique Gens sing this cantata, I am inclined to alter my perception, somewhat. Like Dame Janet, Ms. Gens has a firm grasp of the text and knows how to best utilize her voice in order to bring forth its tragic qualities and inherent drama. With every release, I become more and more enraptured (read enamored) of Ms. Gens flawless vocal prowess. She most definetely has the magic touch and I, for one, am very happy to have purchased this fantastic release. The other two cantatas are just as impressive as ""La Lucrezia." I'll always cherish Janet Baker's recording with Leppard, but it will now have to rest side by side with this new recording. I urge anyone with a love of baroque vocal music to purchase this wonderful CD."