Handel's Queens: Cuzzoni & Faustina / Cunningham, Crowe, Bevan, London Early Opera

Release Date: 7/19/2019
Catalog Number: SIGCD579
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
Number of Discs: 2

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$25.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Handel’s Queens features some of the most exquisite pieces of music written by G.F. Handel and his contemporaries for the two finest singers of the eighteenth century, Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni. Often wrongfully framed as rivals, these dazzling new recordings with Mary Bevan and Lucy Crowe reveal the distinctive yet versatile talent of the Italian vocalists. Led by London Early Opera Director, Bridget Cunningham, Handel’s Queens serves an example of the group’s dedication to imaginative programming and outstanding period performance, placing them at the forefront of baroque research.

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REVIEW:

The choice of singers in Handel’s Queens seems perfect, for the two excellent and appropriate voices are neatly contrasted while displaying the required virtuosity. Cunningham’s contribution is adroit, with pace and style aplenty and she conducts from the harpsichord.

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Works on This Recording
1. Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Da tempeste il legno infranto by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
Period: Baroque
Written: 1724 ; London, England
1. Ariodante: Sinfonia by Carlo Francesco Pollarolo
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
2. Ottone, HWV 15: False immagine by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; London, England
2. Dalisa, Act I: Se fosse il mio diletto by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
3. Poro: Son prigioniera d'amore by Nicolo Porpora
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
3. Nerone, Act II: Aria: Stelle, tiranne stelle by Giuseppe Maria Orlandini
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
4. Alessandro, HWV 21: Solitudine amate by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
Period: Baroque
Written: 1726 ; London, England
4. Ariodante: Aria: Serba le belle lagrime by Carlo Francesco Pollarolo
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
5. Scipione, HWV 20: Scoglio d'immota fronte by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1726 ; London, England
5. Tolomeo, HWV 25, Act III: Aria: Voglio amore o pur vendetta by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
6. Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Gelosia, spietata Aletto by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1727 ; London, England
6. Scanderbeg, RV 732, Act I: Aria: Fra catene ognor penando by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
7. Riccardo Primo, HWV 23: Il volo così fido by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1720 ; London, England
7. Scanderbeg, RV 732, Act II: Aria: Nelle mie selve natìe by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
8. Alessandro, HWV 21: Alla sua gabbia d'oro by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
Period: Baroque
8. Alessandro, HWV 21, Act I: Duet: Placa l'alma by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano), Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
9. Amadis di Grecia: Aria: Se a ammollire il crudo amante by Pietro Torri
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
10. Il Ciro riconosciuto, Act II: Aria: Quel nome se ascolto by Leonardo Leo
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
11. Astianatte: Aria: Sento che già il pensier by Giovanni Bononcini
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
12. Astianatte: Aria: Deh! Lascia o core by Giovanni Bononcini
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
13. Astianatte: Menuet by Giovanni Bononcini
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
14. Astianatte: Aria: Ascolta o figlio by Giovanni Bononcini
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
15. Elpidia, HWV A1: Aria: Dea triforme, astro fecondo by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
16. Artaserse, Act III: Aria: Mi credi spietata? by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
17. Caio Marzio Coriolano: Aria: Rendi al padre in me la figlia by Attilio Ariosti
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
18. La Libertà by Maurice Greene
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
19. Nerone, Act II: Aria: Stelle, tiranne stelle by Giuseppe Maria Orlandini
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
20. Alessandro, HWV 21: Solitudine amate by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
Period: Baroque
Written: 1726 ; London, England
21. Ariodante: Aria: Serba le belle lagrime by Carlo Francesco Pollarolo
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
22. Tolomeo, HWV 25, Act III: Aria: Voglio amore o pur vendetta by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
23. Scanderbeg, RV 732, Act I: Aria: Fra catene ognor penando by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
24. Scanderbeg, RV 732, Act II: Aria: Nelle mie selve natìe by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
25. Alessandro, HWV 21, Act I: Duet: Placa l'alma by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Mary Bevan (Soprano), Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
26. Scipione, HWV 20: Scoglio d'immota fronte by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Early Opera
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1726 ; London, England
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