• CDA67842 Katalognummer
  • 034571178424 EAN
  • 1CD Format
  • 2012 Utgivelsesår

Purves, Christopher (bariton) | Arcangelo | Cohen, Jonathan

Cohen, Jonathan

Handel, George Frideric




Handel: Sibilar gl'angui d'Aletto (from Rinaldo)
Handel: I rage, I melt, I burn… (from Acis and Galatea)
Handel: O ruddier than the cherry (from Acis and Galatea)
Handel: Fra l’ombre e gl’orrori (from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)
Handel: If I give thee honour due (L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato)
Handel: Mirth, admit me of thy crew (L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato)
Handel: Qual'insolita luce (from La Resurrezione, HWV47)
Handel: Caddi, è ver (from La Resurrezione, HWV47)
Handel: Tears, such as tender fathers shed (from Deborah)
Handel: To pow'r immortal my first thanks are due (from Belshazzar)
Handel: Impari ognun da Orlando (from Orlando)
Handel: Sorge infausta una procella (from Orlando)
Handel: Racks, gibbets, sword and fire (from Theodora)
Handel: Volate più dei venti (from Muzio Scevola)
Handel: Vieni, o cara (from Agrippina)
Handel: Nel mondo e nell'abisso (from Riccardo Primo)
Handel: Mie piante, correte from Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122
Handel: Cara pianta (from Apollo e Dafne)
Handel: Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries (from Alexander's Feast)
Handel: Leave me, loathsome light (from Semele)

Peacock, Adrian

Hinitt, David

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Gramophone Awards 2013 Finalist - Vocal
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014 Vocal Finalist
Gramophone Magazine January 2013 Editor's Choice
BBC Music Magazine February 2013 Opera Choice
Opera May 2013 Recording of the Month

‘With his acting chops and weighty bass-baritone, Purves in full cry is a splendid and fearful spectacle’ (The Times)

The magnificent Christopher Purves performs a recital of Handel’s bass arias. This unique collection demonstrates the range and brilliance of Handel’s writing for this voice, featuring a selection from Italian and English operas, English classical drama, Biblical oratorios, literary odes and a masque. Handel’s endlessly imaginative gift for characterization is fully explored here, with Purves commanding an extraordinary emotional and technical range from the buffo blustering of Polyphemus in Acis and Gatalea to the loving musings of Abinoam in ‘Tears, such as tender fathers shed’ from the oratorio Deborah.

one to treasure both for the sensitive and well-sustained singing of Christopher Purves and for the wonderfully wide expressive range of Handel's music...Purves has an acute ear, serving well his intonation and lively feeling for characterisation...The pleasure of single-voice recitals can sometimes be tempered by repetitive mannerisms or exaggerated gestures. Purves avoids both, ensuring enjoyment. BBC *****

Possessing in effect two voices in one - a ringing, incisive high baritone with a sonorous bass extension...Purves's flair for specific characterisation enlivens every number on the disc...A counter...to the cliched notion that [Handel's] bass arias are all undifferentiated bluster. Gramophone

He relishes verbal dexterity, and the sound of his rolling consonants in Racks, gibbets, sword and fire from Theodora is not easily forgotten, He shakes the word ‘racks’ around his mouth like a dog savaging a toy doll...This outstandingly good disc offers a wide range of music, feeling, texture and mood. Singer and accompanying group are perfectly matched in a sympathetic church acoustic. MusicWeb



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