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Handel: Finest Arias for Base Voice, Vol. 2 / Purves, Cohen, Arcangelo


Release Date: 06/29/2018 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68152  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The magnificent voice of Christopher Purves is renowned for both the powerful sense of dramatic conviction he brings to everything he undertakes, and for a vocal technique which must be heard to be believed. Purves is joined here by Jonathan Cohen and his ensemble Arcangelo for a second volume of Handel arias. The works heard here demonstrate the full range and brilliance of Handel's writing for bass voice and include selections from his Italian operas and English oratorios.

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REVIEW:

This superb follow-up to Vol. 1 makes you wonder anew at the composer’s inventive variety. Purves is surely unique among today’s Anglophone singers in
Read more fusing an easily produced high baritone, by turns mellifluous and incisive, with a clean, resonant bass register. Ever alive to texture and subtleties of colour, Arcangelo on their own give a fresh, spirited account of one of the Op 3 Concerti grossi.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Siroe, Rč di Persia, HWV 24: Gelido in ogni vena by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; London, England 
2.
Esther, HWV 50b: Turn not, O Queen by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1718/1732; London, England 
3.
Athalia, HWV 52: When storms the proud by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
4.
Belshazzar, HWV 61: Oh memory, still bitter to my soul...Opprest with never ceasing grief by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Period: Baroque 
5.
Catone, HWV A7: E ver che all'am intorno by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
6.
Concerti grossi (6), Op. 3: no 4b in F major, HWV 315 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
7.
Tolomeo, HWV 25: Piangi pur by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; London, England 
8.
Athalia, HWV 52: Ah, canst thou but prove me! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
9.
Nell' africaine selve, HWV 136 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Italy 
10.
Joshua, HWV 64: See, the raging flames arise by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; London, England 
11.
Esther, HWV 50b: How art thou fall'n by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1718/1732; London, England 
12.
Siroe, Rč di Persia, HWV 24: Tu di pieta mi spogli by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
13.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Vieni, o caro, che senza il tuo core by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
14.
Joshua, HWV 64: Shall I in Mamres fertile plain by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; London, England 

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