Georg Friedrich Händel


Alice Coote / The English Concert / Harry Bicket

CDA 67979 - 0034571179797

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Hyperion is delighted to present 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.

Every piece is a highlight. 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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    Radamisto, HWV 12a, Act II Scene 1: Aria. Quando mai, spietata sorte (Zenobia)
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    Alcina, HWV 34, Act II Scene 3: Aria. Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (Ruggiero)
  • 3
    Alcina, HWV 34, Act II Scene 12: Aria. Verdi prati (Ruggiero)
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    Alcina, HWV 34, Act III Scene 3: Aria. Stà nell'Ircana (Ruggiero)
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    Hercules, HWV 60, Act I Scene 2: Aria. There in Myrtle Shades Reclined (Dejanira)
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    Hercules, HWV 60, Act II Scene 6: Aria. Cease, Ruler of the Day, To Rise (Dejanira)
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    Hercules, HWV 60, Act III Scene 3: Aria. Where Shall I Fly? (Dejanira)
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    Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act I Scene 8: Aria. Cara speme, questo core (Sesto)
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    Ariodante, HWV 33, Act I Scene 8: Aria. Con l'ali di costanza (Ariodante)
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    Ariodante, HWV 33, Act II Scene 3: Aria. Scherza infida! (Ariodante)
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    Ariodante, HWV 33, Act III Scene 9: Aria. Dopo notte (Ariodante)