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Handel / Yoncheva


Release Date: 02/03/2017 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88985302932  
Composer:  George Frideric HandelHenry Purcell
Performer:  Sonya YonchevaKarine Deshayes
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sonya Yoncheva has devoted her second solo album to the music of Handel, showing another facet of her wide-ranging repertoire. Being an alumna of William Christie's Le Jardin des Voix, the Baroque era formed her musical understanding at an early stage of her career, laying the foundation for her versatile and broad-reaching repertoire. Currently praised as "the best Traviata in the world at present" (Die Welt), Sonya Yoncheva is one of today's fastest rising opera stars. She is a regular guest at the world's leading opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House and Wiener Staatsoper. A great composer of vocal music, Handel based some of his most beautiful operas and oratorios on the enchanting sensibility of the Read more feminine voice. His heroines are strong, independent women determining their own destiny - attributes Sonya relates to in all respects.

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REVIEW:

No soprano these days sings Bellini’s Norma, then Verdi’s Violetta, then Tchaikovsky’s Tatiana, then releases an album of Handel arias, all in a few months. A singer might do them all in a single career, but hardly in a single season. Unless that soprano is Sonya Yoncheva, the brilliant 35-year-old Bulgarian whose silky, flexible voice effortlessly shifts from Handel’s quicksilver Baroque runs to Tchaikovsky’s Romantic heft.

– New York Times (Zachary Woolfe) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Se pietà di me non senti by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
2.
Alcina, HWV 34: Ah! mio cor! schemito sei! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
3.
Theodora, HWV 68: With Darkness deep by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
4.
Alcina, HWV 34: Tornami a vagheggiar by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
5.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Io t'abbraccio by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano), Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
6.
Agrippina, HWV 6: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709 
7.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Non disperar, chi sa? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
8.
Agrippina, HWV 6: Ogni vento by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
9.
Theodora, HWV 68: To thee, thou glorious son of worth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano), Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
10.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
11.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Sonya Yoncheva Handel March 14, 2017 By Ken A. (Yorktown Heights, NY) See All My Reviews "This cd is a great survey of women in opera and is a must have for those who like Handel." Report Abuse
 This is a disc I will enjoy many times March 7, 2017 By Kefyn Catley (Sylva, NC) See All My Reviews "An outstanding disc on all fronts. Ms. Yoncheva’s voice is luminous and poignant and the singing very musical and controlled. The bonus track of Purcell’s Thy hand, Belinda…when I am laid in earth is simply heartbreaking; perhaps the best I performance I have ever heard. The orchestra and conductor deserve a shout out too with some wonderfully shaped and rhythmic playing, especially from the continuo players. It was nice to hear some Handel favorites but also some new to me including the duet with Karine Deshayes from Rodelinda, regina de’ Longobardi (track 5) which is just exquisitely done. This is a disc I will enjoy many times. You will not be disappointed." Report Abuse
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