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Handel: Ombra cara

Freiburger Barockorchester and René Jacobs Bejun Mehta

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"Jacobs and his musicians are magnificent ... buy this CD ... it's superb."
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Amadigi di Gaula (1715)  
1
Aria Sento la gioia (III, 6)
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; René Jacobs; Freiburger Barockorchester
4:39
Agrippina (1709)  
2
Otton, Otton
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; Freiburger Barockorchester; René Jacobs
1:18
3
Aria Voi, che udite il mio lamento (II, 5)
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; René Jacobs; Freiburger Barockorchester
6:02
Riccardo primo, re d'Inghilterra (1727)  
4
Aria Agitato da fiere tempeste (I, 6)
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; René Jacobs; Freiburger Barockorchester
4:05
Tolomeo, re d'Egitto (1728)  
5
Recitativo Che più si tarda omai / Accompagnato Inumano fratel
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; Freiburger Barockorchester; René Jacobs
2:09
6
Aria Stille amare (III, 6)
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; Freiburger Barockorchester; René Jacobs
5:32
Orlando (1733)  
7
Act II, Scene 11, Accompagnato "Ah! Stigie larve" / Arioso "Già latra Cerbero" / Accompagnato "Ma la furia" / Aria "Vaghe pupille"
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; Freiburger Barockorchester; René Jacobs
8:13
Rodrigo (1707)  
8
Passacaille (Ouverture)
George Frideric Handel; Freiburger Barockorchester; René Jacobs
4:38
Radamisto, HWV 12  
9
Act II, Scene 2, Aria "Ombra cara di mia sposa"
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; Freiburger Barockorchester; René Jacobs
9:31
Rodelinda (1725)  
10
Fra tempeste funeste (II, 4)
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; Freiburger Barockorchester; René Jacobs
4:46
11
Con rauco mormorio (II, 5)
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; René Jacobs; Freiburger Barockorchester
7:12
Orlando (1733)  
12
Act I, Scene 9, Recitativo "T'ubbidirò, crudele" / Aria "Fammi combattere"
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; Freiburger Barockorchester; René Jacobs
3:54
Sosarme, HWV 30  
13
Act II, Duetto, "Per le porte del tormento"
George Frideric Handel; Bejun Mehta; Rosemary Joshua; René Jacobs
9:38
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:37
"... Mehta takes on a range of pyrotechnic showpieces and slow-burning ballads that demonstrate his fierce presence and broad expressive range."
- The New York Times

"As good as it gets: Mehta is a countertenor to cherish ... (an) engaging and exquisitely sung selection of arias and duets ... Mehta’s rare combination of virtuosity and expressive acuity makes this recital one of the finest such releases in recent years."
- Limelight

If Handel's arias enjoy such success today, perhaps it is because they lie at the intersection between past and present, light and shadow. They might very well illustrate on their own the entire range of possibilities offered by the voices of his time. On this 2010 recital album, countertenor Bejun Mehta has chosen most of the ‘hits' from the repertoire of the famous castrato Senesino. From shadow (Ombra cara) to light (Sento la gioia), Grammy-winner René Jacobs conducts the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra in perfect accompaniment to Lewis.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM - harmonia mundi s.a. Studio Masters

Enregistrement mars 2010, Freiburg im Breisgau (DE), Paulussaal
Direction artistique : Martin Sauer
Prise de son : René Möller
Montage : Martin Litauer, Teldex Studio Berlin
© harmonia mundi pour l’ensemble des textes et des traductions
Photos : Marco Borggreve (Bejun Mehta, René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester), Peter Warren (Rosemary Joshua)
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