Handel / Lezhneva, Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico

Release Date: 11/6/2015
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B002392702
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This CD begins with a bravura aria from Handel’s La Resurrezione that is lit into with such mania that you could imagine flames bursting from the speakers. Both instrumentalists and soprano seem to be competing for the number of notes they can hurl at us, and as a result I defy anyone to actually understand the first few words sung by the glorious-toned Julia Lezhneva–the whole first section comes across as a blur. You get used to such behavior, though it rears its funny head again in “Un pensiero nemico di pace” and in “Come nembo che fugge col vento”, both from Il Trionfo de Tempo e del Disinganno. And in the Resurrezione aria and the second of the mentioned Trionfo arias, violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky, himself a grand virtuoso, adds to the sense of panic.

But in truth, the fast arias are exciting stuff, and Lezhneva even manages to articulate some of the anger in the Trionfo. The aria from Rodrigo, a statement of constancy, is beautifully sung, with fine diction and immaculate tone, with long breaths and a lilting rhythm, and is aided by Sinkovsky’s finely etched violin. Lezhneva manages to sound like a boy treble in one or two of the religious arias (Salve Regina), which is lovely, but she also is womanly (if a decidedly “young” womanly) as Agrippina.

As suggested, Giovanni Antonini leads Il Giardino Armonico with barely controlled hysteria, and at times seems to be attempting to upstage his soprano; the obbligato flute in the aria from Apollo e Dafne, which is played by Antonini himself, seems a bit too forward. But if you love early Handel, much of which will remind you of later Handel (because the composer himself went back and “borrowed”), this CD will delight you.

– ClassicsToday (Robert Levine)
Works on This Recording
1. La resurrezione, HWV 47: Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1708 ; Italy
1. La resurrezione, HWV 47: Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1708 ; Italy
2. Rodrigo, HWV 5: Per dar pregio all'amor mio by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva, Dmitry Sinkovsky (Violin)
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ; Italy
2. Rodrigo, HWV 5: Per dar pregio all'amor mio by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva, Dmitry Sinkovsky (Violin)
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ; Italy
3. Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: Lascia la spina cogli la rosa by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
3. Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: Lascia la spina cogli la rosa by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
4. Dixit Dominus, HWV 232: Tecum principium by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ; Italy
4. Dixit Dominus, HWV 232: Tecum principium by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ; Italy
5. Agrippina, HWV 6: Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1709 ; Venice, Italy
5. Agrippina, HWV 6: Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1709 ; Venice, Italy
6. Salve Regina, HWV 241 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ; Rome, Italy
6. Salve Regina, HWV 241 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ; Rome, Italy
7. Agrippina, HWV 6: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1709 ;
7. Agrippina, HWV 6: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1709 ;
8. Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: Un pensiero nemico di pace by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
8. Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: Un pensiero nemico di pace by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
9. Apollo e Dalne, HWV 122: Felicissima quest'alma by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1710 ;
9. Apollo e Dalne, HWV 122: Felicissima quest'alma by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1710 ;
10. Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: Come nembo che fugge col vento by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
10. Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: Come nembo che fugge col vento by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
11. Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: Pure del Cielo intelligenze eterne... by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva, Dmitry Sinkovsky (Violin)
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
11. Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: Pure del Cielo intelligenze eterne... by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva, Dmitry Sinkovsky (Violin)
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
12. Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, HWV 46a: Tu del ciel ministro eletto by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva, Dmitry Sinkovsky (Violin)
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
12. Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, HWV 46a: Tu del ciel ministro eletto by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Julia Lezhneva, Dmitry Sinkovsky (Violin)
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
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