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Handel: Duets

Rosemary Joshua, Sarah Connolly, The English Concert, Harry Bicket

Available in 96 kHz / 24-bit AIFF and FLAC high-resolution audio formats

"Joshua and Connolly are an ideal partnership in these Handel highlights."

- Gramophone

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Radamisto, HWV 12  
1
Se teco vive il cor
Nicola Haym; (Benedetto) Domenico Lalli; George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
3:16
Rodelinda, HWV 19  
2
Io t'abbraccio
Nicola Haym; George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
6:52
Solomon, HWV 67  
3
Welcome as the dawn of day
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
3:09
Theodora, HWV 68  
4
Streams of pleasure ever flowing
Thomas Morell; George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
6:47
Ottone, re di Germania, HWV 15  
5
Note cara!
George Frideric Handel; Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
4:35
Theodora, HWV 68  
6
To thee, thou glorious son of worth
Thomas Morell; George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
4:54
Ariodante, HWV 33  
7
Bramo haver mille vite
George Frideric Handel; Antonio Salvi; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
4:50
Belshazzar, HWV 61  
8
Great victor, at your feet I bow
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
4:57
Tamerlano, HWV 18  
9
Vivo in te
Nicola Haym; George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
7:00
Sosarme, re di Media, HWV 30  
10
Per Le Porte del Tormento
Antonio Salvi; George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
7:32
Agrippina, HWV 6  
11
No, no, ch'io non apprezzo
Vincenzo Grimani; George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
3:53
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17  
12
Caro! Bella!
Nicola Haym; George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Sarah Connolly; The English Concert; Harry Bicket
4:48
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    62:33
"Four Stars ... the playing is crisp and the singing is polished and stylish, with Joshua, in particular, conveying infectious delight in this sophisticated music."
- BBC Music Magazine

"Outstanding ... I haven’t enjoyed a Handel vocal recital as much as this in a long time ... no Handelian will want to be without this disc. If you haven’t yet succumbed to the Handel bug, prepare to be seduced."
- International Record Review

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and soprano Rosemary Joshua, two great Handelian singers, are accompanied by The English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket on a programme of duets from several of Handel's operas. Duets play a key role in Handel’s stage works; he understood the dramatic effectiveness of blending two voices together, generally those of a soprano heroine and castrato hero.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Church of St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London; 20 - 23 July 2009
Recording producer: Rachel Smith
Sound engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Assistant engineer: Paul Quilter
Editor: Rachel Smith
A & R administrator: Mary McCarthy
Front cover: ‘Gabrielle d’Estrées [right] and one of her sisters in the bath’, c. 1592, Anonymous, School of Fontainebleau; Paris, Musée du Louvre © AKG Images, London/Erich Lessing
Back cover: photograph of Rosemary Joshua, Harry Bicket and Sarah Connolly by Peter Warren
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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