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Handel: 'Early Italian Works'

Magazine article Gramophone

Handel: 'Early Italian Works'

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Handel 'Early Italian Works' Agrippina--Sinfonia; Pensleri, voi mi tormentate. Apollo e Dafne, HWV122--Felicissima quest'alma3. Dixit Dominus, HWV232--Tecum principium. La Resurrezione, HWV47 Dlsserratevi, o porte d'Averno. Rodrigo--Per dar pregio all'amor mio (b). Salve regina, HWV241. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Dlsinganno, HWV46a Come nembo che fugge col ventob; Lascla la spina; Pure del cielo intelligenze eterne ... Tu del ciel ministro eletto (b); Un pensiero nemico di pace Julia Lezhneva sop (b) Dmitry Sinkovsky vn Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini (a) fl Decca [F] 478 6766DH (70' * DDD * T/t)

Julia Lezhneva performs nine arias and a Marian hymn all composed during Handel's extended trip to Italy between late 1706 and early 1710. This conceptual theme has been done several times before, and the cliched choices of arias are disappointing. The only less predictable choices are 'Tecum principium' from Dixit Dominus (which does not work as a concert item out of context) and Esilena's 'Per dar pregio all'amor mio' from Rodrigo (one of several numbers featuring finely shaded violin solos by guest concertmaster Dmitry Sinkovsky).

Reservations about the complacent concept are diminished by Lezhneva's singing--crystalline in tone and dazzlingly precise in the rapid passagework of the Angel's 'Disseratevi, o porte d'Averno' from La Resurrezione (played by II Giardino Armonico with their customary snap, crackle and pop). …

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