Handel Arias

"Expressive singing with eloquent instrumental partnership make for a rewarding encounter" BBC Music Magazine, 2014

Hyperion presents a tour de force from the supreme mezzo-soprano of today, Alice Coote, accompanied by The English Concert and Harry Bicket, making their Hyperion debut. Coote performs a selection of Handel’s greatest arias from opera and oratorio, employing an extraordinary range of vocal and dramatic colour, tone and emotion to produce triumphant and moving interpretations of these masterpieces.

Handel’s Italian operas are represented by his first two Covent Garden operas, Alcina and the great tragedy Ariodante, and also Radamisto and Giulio Cesare in Egitto (perhaps Handel’s most popular opera today). Handel’s English oratorio Hercules contains music of utter beauty. Written to a libretto by Thomas Broughton based on Sophocles’ Trachiniae, it is a drama of sombre magnificence. At its centre is the tragic figure of Hercules’ wife Dejanira, a role to rival Saul as a study in the corrosive power of jealousy. Little is known about the ‘Miss Robinson’ who created the part. But the music that Handel wrote for her suggests that she must have been a fine singing actress. Alice Coote’s powers in this direction are unrivalled today.

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Recording details: September 2013
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2014
Total duration: 68 minutes 31 seconds
Cover artwork: Zenobia by Carlo Antonio Tavella (1668-1738)

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