Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Handel Stands Up Well

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Handel Stands Up Well

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Byline: FIONA HOOK

HANDEL'S GLORIA X (poor) St Marylebone Parish Church

IT'S not every day that you get to hear a previously unidentified work by a major composer, so it was fitting that the first performance in Britain of Handel's Gloria, discovered in the Royal Academy of Music's library last year, and recently certificated as genuine, should coincide with a general election.

The piece, written in about 1707, is an operatic setting for soprano, two violins and continuo, of the Gloria section from the Mass. Here it was charmingly presented to a capacity audience by the Academy's Baroque Orchestra, and one of their postgraduate students, 26-year-old New Zealander Rebecca Ryan. Hers is a rich and accurate soprano, with a remarkable evenness of tone throughout its considerable range, and a "no worries" approach to Handel's florid passagework.

Moreover, she sings with a smile on her face and in her voice, and frequent eye contact with violin soloist Sarah Moffatt, and director Laurence Cummings. …

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