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Handel: Arias / Alice Coote, Harry Bicket, English Concert

Handel / Coote / Bicket / English Concert
Release Date: 09/09/2014 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67979   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hyperion is delighted to present a tour de force from the supreme mezzo-soprano of today, Alice Coote, accompanied by The English Concert and Harry Bicket, making their Hyperion debut. Coote performs a selection of Handel’s greatest arias from opera and oratorio, employing an extraordinary range of vocal and dramatic colour, tone and emotion to produce triumphant and moving interpretations of these masterpieces.

Every piece is a highlight. Handel’s Italian operas are represented by his first two Covent Garden operas, Alcina and the great tragedy Ariodante, and also Radamisto and Giulio Cesare in Egitto (perhaps Handel’s most popular opera today). Handel’s English oratorio Hercules contains music of utter beauty. Written to a
Read more libretto by Thomas Broughton based on Sophocles’ Trachiniae, it is a drama of sombre magnificence. At its centre is the tragic figure of Hercules’ wife Dejanira, a role to rival Saul as a study in the corrosive power of jealousy. Little is known about the ‘Miss Robinson’ who created the part. But the music that Handel wrote for her suggests that she must have been a fine singing actress. Alice Coote’s powers in this direction are unrivalled today.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Radamisto, HWV 12a: Act 2. Scene 1. Quando mai, spietata sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano), Alice Coote ()
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Alcina, HWV 34: Act 2. Scene 3. Mi lusinga il dolce affetto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; England 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Alcina, HWV 34: Act 2. Scene 12. Verdi prati by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; England 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Alcina, HWV 34: Act 3. Scene 3. Stà nell'Ircana by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; England 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
5.
Hercules, HWV 60: Act 1. Scene 2. There in myrtle shades reclined by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Hercules, HWV 60: Act 2. Scene 6. Cease, ruler of the day, to rise by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
7.
Hercules, HWV 60: Act 3. Scene 3. Where shall I fly? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8.
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17: Act 1. Scene 8. Cara speme, questo core by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Act 1. Scene 8. Con l'ali di costanza by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
10.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Act 2. Scene 3. Scherza infida! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Act 3. Scene 9. Dopo notte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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