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Ian Bostridge - Great Handel

George Frideric Handel , Harry Bicket , Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment , Ian Bostridge , Kate Royal , Sally Jackson , Lisa Beznosiuk , Steven Devine , Anthony Robson , Richard Earle Audio CD
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listen  1. Semele HWV58: Where E're You WalkIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Messiah HWV56: Comfort ye my peopleIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Messiah, HWV 56: Ev'ry valley shall be exaltedIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Serse, HWV 40 'Xerxes': Fronde tenereIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Serse 'Xerxes': Ombra mai fu (Largo)Ian Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. La Resurrezione HWV47: Cosi la tortorellaIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Acis and Galatea, HWV 49b: Love sounds the AlarmIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Acis and Galatea, HWV 49b: Love in her EyesIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Acis and Galatea HWV49b: Happy WeIan Bostridge/Kate Royal/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ariodante: Aria: Scherza infidaIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket10:22Album Only
listen11. Ariodante: Doppo notteIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Samson HWV57: Total eclipseIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 39. Duet: As steals the MornIan Bostridge/Kate Royal/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Jephtha, HWV 70: Hide though thy hated beams (recit)Ian Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Jephtha, HWV 70: A father offering up his only child (recit)Ian Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Jephtha HWV70: Waft Her AngelsIan Bostridge/Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Ian Bostridge was a post-doctoral fellow in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before embarking on a full-time career as a singer. His international recital career includes the world’s major concert halls and the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Aldeburgh and Schubertiade Festivals. In 1999 he premiered a song-cycle written for him by Hans Werner Henze. In 2003/04 he held ... Read more in Amazon's Ian Bostridge Store

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  • Performer: Ian Bostridge, Kate Royal, Sally Jackson, Lisa Beznosiuk, Steven Devine, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000PFU9LK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listening to these very diverse arias, it's easy to understand why Beethoven is reported to have esteemed Handel above all other composers. The program includes three of his greatest hits: "Ev'ry Valley," "Where'er You Walk," and "Ombra mai fu." The other arias, taken from operas and oratorios and in Italian and English, are less familiar but no less great. They display Handel's versatile, multi-faceted genius and his ability to express every human mood and emotion through purely musical means. In his liner notes, Ian Bostridge traces his Handelian roots back to his childhood. Indeed the style seems natural to him. Bostridge even makes the arias written for castrati persuasive, despite the difference in key and color. His coloratura runs are brilliant, while his intonation and diction impeccable. However, the baroque orchestra's flat tuning sometimes forces Bostridge into an uncomfortably low register, and his habit of starting notes without vibrato and swelling them tends to become mannered, disrupting the melodic flow. The orchestra is excellent, but with sparing vibrato and straight-forward phrasing seems to inhabit a different stylistic world. Moreover, it sounds distant and subdued, as does soprano Kate Royal, who joins Bostridge in two duets. The program, though compiled for maximum contrast, may be most enjoyable in moderate doses. --Edith Eisler

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Great Handel Tenors July 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Just when the torrent of Handel recitals seemed to have slowed, we get two great tenor recitals in less than a month. Mark Padmore and Ian Bostridge double up on only a few airs - Where'er you walk, Total eclipse, As steals the morn, Waft her, angels. Padmore is more dramatic, with longer scenes; Bostridge more lyrical. I usually listen to them back to back, but if I only have time for one, it is the Bostridge that gets chosen. His "Waft her, angels" pierces the heart.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan September 1, 2007
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SOMETIMES DEVOTIONAL, ALWAYS EMOTIONAL, BUT MOSTLY SENSATIONAL!!

"Handel is the GREATEST composer who ever lived. I would bare my head and kneel at his grave." Thus said the great Beethoven.

The repertoire on this album is from both Handel's famous operas and oratorios, some of which were written for castrati. Ian Bostridge says that his aim is to put the spotlight back on the Handel tenor with the making of this album, while he also attempts to represent with the program, Handel's ability to recreate himself while remaining essentially the same. Handel has long been identified with great Choral Music, in part, and mostly with 'The Messiah'. Without diminishing the power of his traditional work, informed opinion lately has come to the true heart of his greatness: Opera.

Ian Bostridge, accompanied by the sublime Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, takes on a selection of arias and airs (and two duets) from Handel's operas and oratorios. He embraces these excerpts with equal parts grace, as in the lovely 'Ombra Mai Fu' and gives due strength to 'Scherzo infido' from 'Arodante'; and reminds us that great roles in late Baroque opera weren't confined to countertenors.

I have always been attracted to the sound of Bostridge's voice, and his singing is manufactured from a very intelligent mind, and a musical sensitivity that is rare in many singers. But in the past 10 years his voice has deepened and grown and I think he has attained the perfection for which he was striving. I have really never heard the much sung 'Where'er you walk' performed with such incredible emotion and feeling. Even the very fine tenor John Aler,who sang the song in the outstanding award-winning opera 'Semele', really does not match Bostridge's renditon on this disc.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bostridge in best form in Handel arias July 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I get the feeling that Amazon has given up providing official (paid for) reviews, so buyers won't be told that this colleciton of Handel from Ian Bostridge selects from Ariodante, Acis and Galatea, Samson, Jephtha, L'allegro e il penserosso, Semele, and of course, Messiah. The singer's voice has darkened since its fragile, willowy early days, and even though there are still a few holdouts like me who cannot abide its eccentric reedy timbre, there is no doubt about Bostridge's artistry. Here he gets good period accompaniment from the famous Age of Enlighenment orchestra (zingy strings, no vibrato), although the conducting is notably sluggish at points. The singer avoids his often excessive underlining and over-acting, so all in all one must call this CD one of his best recent outings.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not complete handel October 28, 2007
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I am a fan of Handel and Bostridge, so I am interesting that how to link them to show. In fact, I am still appreciated in Bostridge's voices, young but energetic, warm with pure, but that's the reason what I think he didn't express complete handel, he appears his individual handel.
I mean that Bostridge often sing to touch listeners depth, ex , schubert britten, his beautiful voices belong to lyric art. Handel's music, especial on opera, often show more skills on it. I don't think Bostridge's skill is weak, but that didn't express his professional.
If you focused on the arias of this disc, you would understand what I said. These are belong to Bostridge's beauty only.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Forget this one, go for Padmore. August 15, 2007
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What can I say about this recording? Bostridge's singing is unstylish, mannered and self-indulgent. He fails to touch, and to thrill. Several of the arias on this disc weren't written for a tenor in the first place, by the way. The playing of the OAE is the only joy on this disc. For a much more adventurous, exemplary programmed cd, which moreover is infinitely better excecuted and engaging, go for Mark Padmore's superb collection of Handel scenes and arias for tenor.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-stabbing, romantic music avant la lettre September 14, 2013
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Often bracketed with Bach, Handel and Bach were as different as contemporaries could possibly be. I would instead compare Handel with Schubert, history's worldliest and un-worldliest composers, but both with an infinite gift for melody, one lovely, ravishing melody after another, and another. But Schubert can be depressive, Handel never - being acclaimed and rich, it may be, is better than being little appreciated and poorer than a church mouse; being large and imposing is also better than being so small and round as to be nicknamed Mushroom.

As for Bostridge, there are many ways to perform Handel. Bostridge's is the gentle way, emphasizing melody over rhythm, sweetness over strength; it works for me, though I like the other ways too. Sung as Bostridge sings it, this is the most heart-stabbing, almost heart-breaking music ever composed, and yet also the most peaceful, serene. If you take an ace inhibitor or calcium channel blocker, try this instead to lower your blood pressure and slow your pulse with no side effects whatsoever; and, into the bargain, an antidote to the cynicism generated by events in the quotidian world of politics, economics, and unending war - not to worry, God won't end the world while such music exists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Voice, great listening
Ian Bostridge, as we expect, turns in another refined and pure performance of some of Handel's most beguiling pieces. Endlessly listenable.
Published 10 months ago by Charles F. O'Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right
When it came to composing music of sheer ethereal quality has Georg Frederick Handel ever had an equal? For my money no composer married the voice and orchestra so sublimely. Read more
Published on October 27, 2011 by Kratos
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great outing by England's Tenor du jour
This is a beautiful collection; a fine addition to one's library. With Bostridge one knows what to expect: a brilliant artistic interpretation that never fails to deliver an... Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by J.J. Scott
2.0 out of 5 stars There is no joy
I had great hopes for this CD but it sucks. Mr. Bostridge's singing of Handel is clinical, there is simply no joy, elegant sensuality or effortless exhuberance in delivery of these... Read more
Published on June 20, 2008 by CDC
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album
Bostridge sounds great on this album. He blends well with the OAE, who also sound wonderful. Although I've been singing Handel for years, this album was a nice intro to the range... Read more
Published on September 12, 2007 by Kevin Judd
1.0 out of 5 stars Too bad!
Bostridge does not know how to sing Baroque. By the way, a period orchestra plays there but tell me, where is that Baroque atmosphere? Go to real Handel masters!

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Published on September 3, 2007 by someone
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous CD
I couldn't wait to receive this CD after hearing the promotional video, and I wasn't disappointed. Bostridge's understanding of music, text, and affect comes through clearly. Read more
Published on August 31, 2007 by Joie
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Magnificient!
I love this. You will, too. I recommend you buying this. Bostridge's voice and songs are so addictive. "Great Handel" is even more so. I have to listen to this album everyday. Mr. Read more
Published on August 22, 2007 by Pure Design
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