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Handel: Love Duets / Leblanc, Taylor, Stubbs, Arion Ensemble


Release Date: 01/01/2003 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22260   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Suzie LeBlancDaniel Taylor
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Handel’s duets, of which there are generally just one or two in most of his mature operas, are usually placed at climaxes of some sort: when two lovers say their (supposed) last farewells, or when they finally celebrate their reunion. And Handel had a marvellous sense of how to make the sound of two voices – after a long succession of solo arias – richly intermingle to represent an emotional peak, a kind of consummation or fulfilment of what has passed...
It is outstandingly well performed, partly through the contribution of Stephen Stubbs, better known as lutenist than conductor, whose beautifully sprung rhythms and sensitive orchestral phrasing animate the whole. The singing is no less distinguished. Suzie LeBlanc’s reading
Read more of such an old favourite as ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ brings it freshly to life, with her unaffected expression, her shapely phrasing and beauty of tone. In the Rodelinda aria her moulding of the music again adds to the poignancy of the climactic top notes, while the semiquavers are bright, precise and duly jubilant in Cleopatra’s triumphal final aria from Giulio Cesare.

Daniel Taylor gives a moving account of ‘Cara sposa’, sweet and clear of tone and with some telling messa di voce, and he excels, too, in the purity of his expression of ‘Ombra mai fù’.
And when they sing together the pleasure is more than doubled – both have admirable clarity of articulation, and they know how to make the most of the expressive content...
Incidentally, the item billed without explanation as ‘Overture HWV337’ is actually HWV337 and 338, three movements probably written around 1722 and never used; Handel drew on it for the overtures in Ottone and Giulio Cesare. The fugal finale is done here with particular spirit."

Stanley Sadie, The GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
2.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Scherzando sul tuo volto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
3.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
4.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Cara sposa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
5.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Caro! Piů amabile beltŕ by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 
6.
Overture in D major, HWV 337/338 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
7.
Tolomeo, HWV 25: Se il cor ti perde by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; London, England 
8.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Ombre, piante, urne funeste by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
9.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Io t'abbraccio by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
10.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
11.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Da tempeste il legno infranto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
12.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 

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