Handel Duets

“Admired individually as expert Handelian singers, together they [Joshua and Connolly] are perfectly attuned to each other’s (and Handel’s) musical gestures. The constant dovetailing and matching required is immaculately done, the balancing of words and notes achieved with remarkable consistency. On this occasions when they land on the same notes, there’s not a hair’s breadth between them, and whatever mood is to be conveyed, they capture it perfectly and in expressive union. Harry Bicket and the English Concert provide neat and lightly peppy playing. I suspect this will become a classic Handel recording.” George Hall, Opera, May 2010

This new Handel collection features two great Handelian singers, Sarah Connolly and Rosemary Joshua, accompanied by the English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket. The programme offers a carefully chosen selection from Handel Operas Guilio Cesare, Belshazzar, Theodora, Ottone, Sosarme, Radamisto, Rodelinda, Agrippina and Tamerlano. Duets play a key role in Handel’s stage works; he understood the dramatic effectiveness of blending two voices together - generally those of a soprano heroine and castrato hero. Sarah Connolly is a highly sought after Artist who has performed a number of Handel roles on stage including Giulio Cesare for the Glyndebourne Festival. Rosemary Joshua has developed quite a reputation for her Handel roles, which include the title role in Semele on stage for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award and on disc for Chandos.

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Release Date: March 2010
Originally recorded in 2009

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