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Handel: 'Handel in Italy, Vol 1'

Magazine article Gramophone

Handel: 'Handel in Italy, Vol 1'

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Handel

'Handel in Italy, Vol 1'

Gloria, HWVdeesf (attrib Handel). Rodrigo-Overture: Passacaille. Agrippina--Bel piacere. Harpsichord Sonata, HWV579. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV46a--Un pensiero nemico di pace. Cuopre tal volta il cielo, HWV98

Mary Bevan, Sophie Bevan sops Benjamin Bevan bar London Early Opera / Bridget Cunningham hpd Signum (F) SIGCD423 C43' * DDD * T/t)

The harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham and her ensemble London Early Opera are not to be confused with Christian Curnyn's longer-established Early Opera Company (also based in London). Their carefully balanced programme certainly ticks conceptual boxes by presenting samples from almost every possible genre for every major Italian city Handel worked in during his grand tour around Italy from late 1706 until early 1710.

The effusive booklet-note misrepresents the fundamental issue that the authorship of the spurious Gloria in excelsis Deo remains uncertain. Since its so-called 'rediscovery' in 2001, this misattributed Gloria has now been recorded more than half a dozen times--more often than plenty of more credibly authentic and musically superior soprano motets. …

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