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Handel: Arias, Etc / Hunt Lieberson, Bicket, Et Al


Release Date: 08/10/2004 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 30   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stephen StubbsMargriet TindemansHarry BicketPhoebe Carrai,   ... 
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


R E V I E W S

New York Times:
In this age of hyperbole "great artist" is an overused term. But it's the only one possible for Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who sings with something that goes deeper than mere beauty to get to the pure essence of what music - all music - is about. - Anne Midgette, New York Times

Classics Today:
Some years from now, observers of vocal music trends likely will look back on the early 21st century as the age of the mezzo and alto (and, similarly, the countertenor). It seems we're enjoying a wealth of exceptional singers in vocal categories usually relegated to subordinate status in
Read more opera--but fortunately that also own some of the most glorious music in the vocal repertoire. Handel certainly didn't hold back in writing for mezzo-range voices, offering music not only of beautiful melody but of considerable dramatic scope as well, and here mezzo Lorraine Hunt Lieberson lavishes on her listeners a well-chosen selection of rarely heard arias and a fine, characterful renditon of the Italian cantata La Lucrezia.


Throughout, Lieberson shows a comfortable, easy command of style, giving personality to each aria that gives us a sense of situation and character even in this out-of-context setting. From the very first lines of her opening recitative "Ah! Whither should we fly...?"--strong, full-toned, clear, and believably (not artificially) expressive--we're drawn into her performance. And the following aria, "As with rosy steps" (one of Handel's masterpieces), supported by undulating strings, perfectly describes the advancing, hopeful morning--and Lieberson's sensitively sculpted rendition of text and melody is as lovely as we'll likely ever hear.


My favorite La Lucrezia remains the one by Magdalena Kožená -- her characterization is simply more captivating, her vocalism just that much more assured--but this one is equally worthy in its slightly more restrained approach. Lieberson doesn't seem as free in the fastest passages (the aria "Il suol che preme...", for example)--in fact, the quick runs sound cautious rather than confident--but overall her portrayal is wonderful and rightly imagined. She also receives terrific support from her accompanists--including Stephen Stubbs (lute and guitar), Phoebe Carrai (cello), and Margriet Tindemans (gamba)--and benefits from sympathetic leadership by Harry Bicket (who also plays harpsichord). There's some great music-making here--and some really fine arias that will please Handel fans. Lieberson's five Theodora arias are exceptional; her concluding "Ombra mai fù" from Serse is a gem. The sound is slightly dry but crisp and clear and well balanced.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Theodora, HWV 68: Ah! Whither should we fly, or fly with whom by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stephen Stubbs (Lute), Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar),
Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ), Phoebe Carrai (Cello), Harry Bicket (Harpsichord),
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003)
Composition written: London, England (1749 - 1750). 
2.
Theodora, HWV 68: As with rosy steps the Morn advancing by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stephen Stubbs (Guitar), Stephen Stubbs (Lute), Phoebe Carrai (Cello),
Harry Bicket (Harpsichord), Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba), Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ),
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003) 
3.
Theodora, HWV 68: O bright example of all goodness by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stephen Stubbs (Lute), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar), Phoebe Carrai (Cello),
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano), Harry Bicket (Harpsichord), Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ),
Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003)
Composition written: London, England (1749 - 1750). 
4.
Theodora, HWV 68: Bane of virtue, nurse of passions by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ), Harry Bicket (Harpsichord), Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba),
Stephen Stubbs (Lute), Phoebe Carrai (Cello), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar),
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003)
Composition written: London, England (1749 - 1750). 
5.
Theodora, HWV 68: The clouds begin to veil the hemisphere by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stephen Stubbs (Lute), Phoebe Carrai (Cello), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar),
Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba), Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ), Harry Bicket (Harpsichord),
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003)
Composition written: London, England (1749 - 1750). 
6.
Theodora, HWV 68: Defend her, Heav'n by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stephen Stubbs (Guitar), Stephen Stubbs (Lute), Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba),
Phoebe Carrai (Cello), Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ), Harry Bicket (Harpsichord),
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003) 
7.
Theodora, HWV 68: Lord, to thee each night & day by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Harry Bicket (Harpsichord), Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar),
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano), Phoebe Carrai (Cello), Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ),
Stephen Stubbs (Lute)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003) 
8.
Theodora, HWV 68: She's gone, disdaining liberty and life by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano), Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ), Phoebe Carrai (Cello),
Harry Bicket (Harpsichord), Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar),
Stephen Stubbs (Lute)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003)
Composition written: London, England (1749 - 1750). 
9.
Theodora, HWV 68: New scenes of joy come crowding on by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar), Stephen Stubbs (Lute),
Phoebe Carrai (Cello), Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba), Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ),
Harry Bicket (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003)
Composition written: London, England (1749 - 1750). 
10.
Oh numi eterni, HWV 145 "La Lucrezia" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano), Harry Bicket (Harpsichord), Stephen Stubbs (Lute),
Phoebe Carrai (Cello), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar), Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba),
Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1709; Italy 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Auraria Center, Denver, CO 
Length: 20 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Concert Hall, Auraria Center, Denver, CO (03/18/2004 - 03/21/2004) 
11.
Serse, HWV 40: Se bramate d'amar, chi vi sdegna by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar), Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba),
Phoebe Carrai (Cello), Harry Bicket (Harpsichord), Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ),
Stephen Stubbs (Lute)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003) 
12.
Serse, HWV 40: Frondi tenere e belle by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Phoebe Carrai (Cello), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar), Stephen Stubbs (Lute),
Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ), Harry Bicket (Harpsichord), Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano),
Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003) 
13.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano), Stephen Stubbs (Lute), Margriet Tindemans (Viola da gamba),
Harry Bicket (Harpsichord), Stephen Stubbs (Guitar), Phoebe Carrai (Cello),
Harry Bicket (Chamber Organ)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/24/2003); Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/26/2003) 

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