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This CD showcases famous Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel raging, melting, and burning his method through a unbelievable dozens of Handel arias (although I would have left out the 'Messiah' selections and gone for a few of Handel's 2,000 or so less-recorded songs).According to Gerald Abraham in "Handel, a Symposium" the heroes that Terfel chose to bring to life in this recording generally had high soprano voices. Tenors and baritones were relegated to subordinate parts, and @#$%!& to those of tyrants or sages: "... in modern revivals of Handel's operas it is generally fatal to give [the castrato] parts to tenors or baritones to sing an octave lower."In the first selection, Terfel takes on the role of Simon, brother of Judas Maccabaeus, which was originally a bass role. Critic Abraham could not object to this, although he might have a issue with the transposition of the arias for Demetrius ("Berenice, Queen of Egypt"), Caesar ("Julius Caesar in Egypt"), and Xerxes ("Xerxes"). If you are a purist, this CD might not be for you, but you'll miss out on some grand singing.I'm especially fond of Terfel's handling of the slow, reflective arias "Verdi prati, selve amene" from 'Alcina,' and "Ombra mai fu" from 'Xerxes' (often called "Handel's Largo" despite the composer's "larghetto" marking). Here, the singer shuns lachrymose emoting. It is the purity of his tone and choice of dynamics that touch the heart."O ruddier than the cherry" from "Acis and Galatea" is robustly sung by the love-sick Polyphemus/Terfel. In spite of the buoyant central rhythm, every word is clearly enunciated. The preceding, accompanied recitative "I rage, I rage, I melt, I burn!" is a masterful, shimmering growl of ong with Xerxes's plane tree and Polyphemus's cherries, Terfel returns to an arboreal topic in "Where'er you walk" from Semele. His command of musical and textual nuance is impressive in this tenderly sung aria. The ornamentation by Sir Charles Mackerras enhances rather than detracts from this attractive love song.Another highlight of this CD is Terfel's interpretation of "Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries" from "Alexander's Feast." He snarls through the trumpets with frenzied, dead-on ornamentation. However there are a few unusual hesitations, such as a slight pause between 'Timotheus' and 'cries,' and at first hearing, I didn't care for them. Now they create textual sense to me. His hissing snakes and sparkling eyes are flawlessly emphasized. Each melisma is rhythmically special and perfectly e latest three selections from Handel's "Messiah" are unfortunately rather ordinary. "Why do the nations" has a strange repeat, and Terfel seems to be singing it up into his mask which makes it sound two-dimensional. There is also a small too much flattening or 'whitening' of the melismas, plus an occasional unattractive growl. I much prefer Samuel Ramey's deep, seamless coloratura in these three bass rhaps Handel's "Messiah" is one of those works that truly separates the bass-baritones from the basses.Other than the above complaint, Bryn Terfel pays grand homage to the dramatic tension, the text, and the musicality of Handel's arias.
I've been a huge fan of Handel's ever since I heard Messiah back in the 9th grade. I've listened to and purchased a lot of versions of Messiah, other oratorios, and whole slew of his instrumental music. But I've never heard any Handel as well performed and as well recorded and engineered as this album of Handel Arias by Bryn Terfel. And given the leeway singers of Baroque arias are expected to take executing those sixteenth note runs in the music, that kind of perfection is incredibly rare. Everything is executed flawlessly...no additional breaths...or breaking things up....or overly "creative"vocal ornamentation that can ruin these kind of recordings. Mr. Terfel baritone voice, suited for just about any kind of opera singing out there, never overpowers these pieces. He executes these pieces with power and conviction when required, and grace and precision when dealing with more delicate arias. His ver of "The Trumpet Shall Sound" from Messiah gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.But this CD isn't just about a fine vocal performance. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Mackerras performs flawlessly. You can hear detail in the orchestra, but the balance between Mr. Terfel and the orchestra, and within the orchestra is always clean, clear, with every instrument very specifically placed in the mix. Mr. Terfel is closely miked, but the engineer maintains a nice hall reverb without it ever overpowering the performance.Take a listen for yourself. Highly recommend. Now if we could just could a second volume of these. Or a double album with Renee.
I listen to counter tenors much less nowadays and Fagioli is an exception to my playlist. The main reason is the universal 'problem' of metallic timber, particularly in the upper range. However, again, Fagioli commands amazing techniques that obviate that unpleasant side result of falsetto singing. I attribute his uniqueness to techniques because his first recording (Handel et Mozart) at age 22, did also suffer from the same issues as other singers of his voice type. As a results, most of his high notes don't cause me to cringe as most counter tenors (and their entire range actually). Perhaps this is harsh - the counter tenor voice to me sounds like the declining Callas voice in her late career, in timbre and color - interesting but not much of instrumental , this album includes a top Handelian repertoire for counter tenors / mezzos, as one would expect. It'll be a amazing addition to your collection if you do not yet have such, or you simply do not own any of Fagioli's albums. Here, Fagioli demonstrates his tour de force techniques and the unusually even timbre, on the most parts - with a few arias, e.g., 'Venti, turbini', his brandishing high notes clearly exceed his capacity, which I search unnecessary. Although with his range, I do understand, it is expected of him to hit those highs in today's fashion. On the other hand, say, 'Dopo, notte' has the showcase high flourishes but does not expose the singers limits. This is a fiendishly hard number and it is a challenge to search few on par with Fagioli's ease do not hesitate to obtain this album.
I just love the Baroque period, and Handel is one of my favorites. This type of intricate melody requires a very strong voice to do it justice, and Franco Fagioli handles it beautifully (no pun intended). He has an wonderful range, and he sings with such power and precision. I think that he's the best counter tenor I've ever heard!
I saw Franco Fagioli perform this collection of arias at the Opéra Royal, Versailles, in January 2018. Absolutely breathtaking and thrilling. Such plangent beauty too. I can’t stop playing this album. The highlight for me, amongst many, is Dove Sei Amato Bene from Rodelinda. A stunning and emotional performance. He’s such an accomplished artist, you can start to imagine what the baroque castrati sounded like and why they were the superstars of their age.
i know just about all African American artist started in the church & BB King does a unbelievable job singing spiritual.Take note all older artist should do one gospel album. Current artist R Kelly, Kem(Okay u did a Christmas album) & Jennifer Hudson come out with inspiration for the young adults.Hey Mary J Blige you too. Sing what you grew up with& search comfort in.
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