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Handel

Magazine article Gramophone

Handel

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Handel

Alcina--Mi lusinga il dolce affetto; Sta nell'lrcana pietrosa tana; Verdi prati. Ariodante--Con Tali di costanza; Dopo notte, atra e funeste; Scherza infida. Giullo Cesare in Egitto--Cara speme, questo core. Radamisto--Quando mai, spietata sorte. Hercules, HWV60--Cease, ruler of the day, to rise; There in myrtle shades reclined; Where shall I fly?

Alice Coote mez

The English Concert / Harry Blcket

Hyperion (F) CDA67979 (69' * DDD * T/t)

To plan a recital revolving around the most famous trilogies of arias from Ariodante, Alcina and Hercules might seem an unimaginative selection but Alice Coote and The English Concert remind us in no uncertain terms that these characters and scenes rank among Handel's supreme achievements as a dramatist. Coote's nuanced singing rightly hints at a perturbed undertone in Ruggiero's 'Mi lusinga il dolce affetto' and her stylish embellishments are gripping.

'Verdi prati' is beautifully sung, although Bicket's wallowing pace does not capture its graceful minuet-like rhythms; Coote emphasises the tarnished hero's bittersweet memories of pleasure but does not portray that the hero has become enlightened to the evil of Alcina's transient illusions. …

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