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Handel / Renée Fleming, Et Al


Release Date: 09/14/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000316002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée FlemingAnthony RobsonAlison BuryPhilip Turbett,   ... 
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Renée Fleming is widely hailed as one of the world's leading sopranos--and for good reason. The charismatic singer has captivated audiences worldwide with a voice of stunning beauty and a radiant stage presence. She's a true diva in the best sense of the word, acclaimed for her brilliance in the works of Strauss and Mozart, as well as the bel canto repertoire. A recital disc of Handel arias may seem a departure, but the singer's training was grounded in the great composer's canon, and she enjoyed great success in the title role of a 1999 production of 'Alcina.'
The program offers both well-known and rarely heard works spanning 40 years of Handel's career, from the da capo arias of the early Italian operas, through to the later
Read more English-language oratorios. Fleming's accounts offer a richness of tone and vocal warmth not generally associated with Baroque opera, but well suited to such sumptuous music. The elaborate ornamentation and virtuosic leaps and runs present in many of the arias allow Fleming to demonstrate her remarkable technique, notably on "Let the bright Seraphim" and "Da tempeste il legno infranto." The expertise of Harry Bicket and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment in this repertoire manifests itself through deeply informed accounts of the scores, and proves to be an essential component of this outstanding disc. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Semele, HWV 58: O Sleep, why dost thou leave me? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
2.
Semele, HWV 58: Endless pleasure, endless love by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
3.
Scipione, HWV 20: Scoglio d'immota fronte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Anthony Robson (Oboe), Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1726; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
4.
Orlando, HWV 31: Quando spieghi i tuoi tormenti by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Alison Bury (Violin)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
5.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
6.
Samson, HWV 57: To fleeting pleasures make your court by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
7.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
8.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Ah! Crudel by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Anthony Robson (Oboe), Renée Fleming (Soprano), Philip Turbett (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "Dunque, i lacci d'un volto..."
The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
9.
Samson, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Blackadder (Trumpet), Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
10.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: V'adoro pupille by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
11.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Da tempeste il legno infranto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
12.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Ritorna, oh caro by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
13.
Lotario, HWV 26: Sommo rettor del cielo... D'una torbida sorgente by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; London, England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
14.
Agrippina, HWV 6: Pensieri, voi mi tormente by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Anthony Robson (Oboe), Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
15.
Agrippina, HWV 6: Bel piacere by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Italy 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 
16.
Alexander Balus, HWV 65: Convey me to some Peaceful shore by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "Calm thou my soul..."
The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (11/15/2003 - 11/24/2003) 

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