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Handel * Porpora: 'The London Years'

Magazine article Gramophone

Handel * Porpora: 'The London Years'

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Handel * Porpora

'The London Years'

Handel Alcina--Sta nel l'Ircana pietrosa tana. Ariodante--Dopo notte, atra e funesta; Scherza infida. Serse--Frondi tenere ... Ombra mai fu; Se bramate d'amar Porpora Polifemo--Alto Giove; Dolci freschi aurette. La festa d'lmeneo--Vaghi amori

Julie Boulianne mez

Clavecin en Concert / Luc Beausdjour hpd

Analekta (F) AN2 8764 (56' * DDD)

Analekta puts the Italian aria texts (not including translations) online instead of in the booklet but does print long, irrelevant and soon to be out-of-date artist biographies. Moreover, the inadequate booklet-note is full of biographical and historical errors and misunderstandings. It would have been more useful to explain the dramatic contexts of arias, such as the previously unrecorded 'Vaghi amori' from Porpora's serenata La festa d'Imeneo (it is sung by Hymen in praise of Prince Frederick of Wales and his bride Princess Augusta). Perhaps more effort could have gone into researching a more explorative programme than these five very obvious Handel arias and three selections by Porpora (one of them the oft-recorded 'Alto Giove' from Polifemo). …

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