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Handel: Arias For Bass / Alessandrini, Regazzo, Concerto Italiano

Handel / Regazzo / Concerto Italiano / Alessandrin
Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30472   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo RegazzoGemma Bertagnolli
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



HANDEL Agrippina: Pur ritorno a rimirarvi; Vieni, o cara. Alcina: Overture; Pensa a chi geme. Apollo e Dafne: Come rosa in su la spina. Dalla guerra amorosa. Orlando: Sorge infausta una procella. Serse: Del mio caro Bacco amabile. Siroe: Overture; Se il mio paterno amore; Read more Gelido in ogni vena. Tamerlano: Amor da guerra e pace Lorenzo Regazzo (bs); Rinaldo Alessandrini, cond; Concerto Italiano (period instruments) NAÏVE 30472 (58:05 Text and Translation)


Recitals of Handel opera arias for bass are relatively rare. Because women and castratos were the star performers, with male roles frequently written for women as well, the typical Handel opera contains few arias for lower voices. The selections presented here range over most of Handel’s operatic career, from 1709 (the two cantatas and Agrippina ) through 1738 ( Serse ), and encompass a god (Apollo), tyrants (Claudio in Agrippina , Cosroe in Siroe ), a magician (Zoroastro in Orlando ), confidants-advisors (Leone in Tamerlano , Melisso in Alcina ), and even a comic servant (Elviro in Serse ).


Lorenzo Regazzo brings to these selections a voice of great beauty and impressive technique. He sings the florid music smoothly, without the need to aspirate. Low and high notes are secure. Although Regazzo makes some effort to individualize the various characters, this is a difficult proposition in a recital of this sort. Da capo ornaments range from tasteful to some unhistorical rewriting of the vocal line.


Rinaldo Alessandrini, who is sometimes given to excessive speed, is here on his best behavior for the most part. The Concerto Italiano is slightly small by Handelian standards, but plays well. In a departure from many Handel operatic performances I have heard in recent years, the theorbo is not used in place of the harpsichord, but provides discreet accompaniment.


The continuo cantata, Dalla guerra amorosa , from Handel’s Italian years is recorded complete. I am aware of two previous recordings. One, on Stradivarius, is currently unavailable. The other, featuring John Shirley-Quirk, is available on Meridian with a grab bag of Handelian vocal and instrumental works. If memory serves, this recording was once available from EMI, coupled with other cantatas performed by Janet Baker. (The Baker performances have been reissued by EMI on CD, paired with music of Bach.) My memory of Shirley-Quirk’s performance is positive, but Regazzo’s is at least as good.


The only cause for complaint is that the recording is not longer. There is room on the disc for about 20 minutes more. With such artistry applied to such glorious music, one can never have enough.


FANFARE: Ron Salemi


This fine recital makes a pleasing companion to Lorenzo Regazzo’s earlier disc of arias from Vivaldi’s operas (Naïve OP 30415). Both albums are effectively programmed with the vocal numbers grouped according to the operas in which they originally appeared, and interspersed with purely instrumental pieces.

Another point the two albums have in common are settings by each composer of Metastasio’s aria ‘Gelido, in ogni vena’ (I feel my blood running ice-cold in every vein). As in the earlier disc, Regazzo helpfully links his arias with related recitative, so giving the listener the opportunity to savour something of their original context.

Regazzo has a well-focused voice with a warm timbre that is at once communicative and, where required, capable of declamatory strength. Much of the music here was written for Handel’s bass, Giuseppe Maria Boschi, and many of the arias have a warrior-like character, though the aforementioned ‘Gelido, in ogni vena’ (Siroe, Act III) departs from Boschi’s ‘raging’ type-cast.

Here, and in arias like ‘La bellezza è com’un fiore’ Regazzo demonstrates a fine lyrical technique, bringing together virtuosity and expressive subtlety in Apollo’s splendid simile aria ‘Come rosa in su la spina’ from the cantata Apollo e Dafne. Concerto Italiano under Rinaldo Alessandrini’s sympathetic direction are all that one could wish for.

-- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Siroe, Rè di Persia, HWV 24: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Siroe, Rè di Persia, HWV 24: No, io per sua pena by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Siroe, Rè di Persia, HWV 24: Se il mio paterno amore by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Siroe, Rè di Persia, HWV 24: Ove son! Che m'avvemme! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Siroe, Rè di Persia, HWV 24: Gelido in ogni vena by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Orlando, HWV 31: Impari ognun da Orlando by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Orlando, HWV 31: Sorge infausta una procella by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
8.
Agrippina, HWV 6: Pur ritorno a rimirarvi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Agrippina, HWV 6: Ma, o ciel, mesta e confusa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo (), Gemma Bertagnolli (Voice)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Agrippina, HWV 6: Vieni, o cara by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo (), Gemma Bertagnolli (Voice)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
11.
Serse, HWV 40: Me infelice by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
Serse, HWV 40: Del mio caro Bacco amabile by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
13.
Alcina, HWV 34: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
14.
Alcina, HWV 34: Pensa a chi geme by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
15.
Tamerlano, HWV 18: Amor da guerra e pace by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
16.
Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV 102a by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
17.
La terra è liberata, HWV 122 "Apollo e Dafne": Placati alfin, o cara by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 21 Secs. 
18.
La terra è liberata, HWV 122 "Apollo e Dafne": Come rosa in su la spina by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo (Bass)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Date of Recording: 03/2008 
Venue:  Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Overture
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Recitative: No, io per sua pena
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Aria: Se il mio paterno amore
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Recitative: Ove son? Che m'avvenne
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24: Aria: Gelido in ogni vena
Orlando, HWV 31: Accompagnato: Impari ognun da Orlando
Orlando, HWV 31: Aria: Sorge infausta una procella
Agrippina, HWV 6: Pur ritorno a rimirarvi
Agrippina, HWV 6: Recitative: Ma, o ciel, mesta e confusa
Agrippina, HWV 6: Vieni, o cara
Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40: Recitative: Me infelice
Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40: Del mio caro Bacco amabile
Alcina, HWV 34: Overture - Musette - Minuet
Alcina, HWV 34: Aria: Pensa a chi geme
Tamerlano, HWV 18: Aria: Amor da guerra a pace
Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV 102a: Recitative: Dalla guerra amorosa
Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV 102a: Aria: Non v'alletti un occhio nero
Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV 102a: Recitative: Fuggite, si fuggite!
Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV 102a: Aria: La bellezza e com'un fiore
Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV 102a: Finale: Fugette ... a chi servo d'amor
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: Recitativo: Placati al fin, o cara
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: Aria: Come rosa in su la spina

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