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Handel: Operatic Arias / Emma Bell


Release Date: 01/01/2005 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 252   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Bell
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Emma Bell gets better and better. This sparkling recording confirms her reputation as one of the most exciting of the younger generation of Handelians. Berenice’s arioso ‘Tutta raccolta ancor’ is warmed into life with honeyed tones, and there’s heart stopping decoration as Cleopatra in the central section of ‘Piangerò la sorte mia’ from Giulio Cesare. It’s the suppleness of the voice that excites, with trills that really trill and scales that effortlessly climb the heights above the stave. So who cares if now and again Bell snatches at her topmost notes?

It’s Bell’s instinct for the drama of a Handel Aria that keeps you listening. Technique is always subordinated to psychology as she turns queens, princesses and
Read more sorceresses into flesh and blood women: Melissa spitting fury in ‘Destero dall empia Dite’ from Amadigi or Rodelinda shrouded in deepest sorrow in ‘Se’l mio duol non è sì forte’.

Richard Egarr directs a Scottish Chamber Orchestra on its very best behaviour with fine string playing throughout and a magnificently angry trumpet obbligato in the aria from Amadigi. Soloist and ensemble seem to egg each other on to ever-greater brilliance, which surely is just as it should be in the Baroque.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Christopher Cook, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Desterò dall' empia Dite by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Bell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; London, England 
2.
Deidamia, HWV 42: M'hai resa infelice by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Bell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
3.
Lotario, HWV 26: Scherza in mar by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Bell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; London, England 
4.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Ombre, piante, urne funeste by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Bell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
5.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Se 'l mio duol non è si forte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Bell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
6.
Scipione, HWV 20: Tutta raccolta ancor by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Bell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1726 
7.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Orrida agli occhi miei by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Bell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1735 
8.
Radamisto, HWV 12: Sommi Dei by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Bell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1720; London, England 
9.
Radamisto, HWV 12a: So ch'è vana la speranza by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Bell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Egarr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1720 
10.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Ah! Crudel by George Frideric Handel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
11.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: E pur cosi in un giorno by George Frideric Handel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 

Sound Samples

Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Act II: Aria: Destero dall'empia Dite
Deidamia, HWV 42: Act III: Aria: M'ai resa infelice; che vanto n'avrai?
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17*: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act III: Piangero la sorte mia si crudele e tanto ria
Lotario, HWV 26: Act I: Aria: Scherza in mar la navicella mentre ride aura seconda
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Act I: Ombre piante, urne funeste
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Act III: Se il mio duol non e si forte
Scipione, HWV 20: Act II: Tutta raccolta ancor
Ariodante, HWV 33: Act I: Aria: Orride a gl'occhi miei
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Act II: Aria: Ah! crudel, il pianto mio
Rodrigo, HWV 5: Act I: Aria: Sommi Dei, se pur v'offesi
Rodrigo, HWV 5: Act III: Aria: Barbaro partiro

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