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Handel: La Resurrezione / Minkowski, Les Musiciens Du Louvre

Release Date: 08/18/2008 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 447767   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Annick MassisJennifer SmithLinda MaguireJohn Mark Ainsley,   ... 
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

La resurrezione was Handel’s second oratorio and dates from his years in Italy between 1706 and 1710. While in Rome, he enjoyed the patronage of several wealthy noblemen; one of them was the Marquis Ruspoli who commissioned La resurrezione, first performed at his residence on Easter Day 1708. The piece is an interesting one, full of dramatically effective scenes in which Handel treats his characters – Christ himself does not appear – with that humanity which was later to become such a distinctive and satisfying feature of his operas and English oratorios. Conductor Marc Minkowski has frequently proved himself a persuasive and sympathetic Handelian and, in this new, vividly projected recording, gives us a vital impression of a particularly Read more fine sample of Handel’s youth. After a resonant instrumental Sonata, Handel, without any further ado, takes us straight into an aria of almost breathtaking virtuosity, brilliantly, if not faultlessly, sung by soprano Annick Massis as an Angel. Her opponent is Lucifer, sung with pugnacious, warrior-like declamation by bass Laurent Naouri. Mary Magdalene, for whom Handel wrote some ravishing music, is affectingly sung by soprano Jennifer Smith, while mezzo-soprano Linda Maguire and tenor John Mark Ainsley complete a strong cast.

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

-- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

La resurrezione, HWV 47 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Annick Massis (Soprano), Jennifer Smith (Soprano), Linda Maguire (Mezzo Soprano),
John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Laurent Naouri (Bass)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Live  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Language: Italian 

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