Handel : Arias From Italian Cantatas / Invernizzi

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Label: Glossa
Catalog: GCDP10002
Format: CD

Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; La Risonanza; Fabio Bonizzoni, direction

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Arias from Italian Cantatas
Tra le fiamme, HWV 170 - Pensieri notturni di Filli, HWV 134 - Il delirio amoroso, HWV 90 - Diana cacciatrice, HWV 79 - Figlio d'alte speranze, HWV 79 - Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96 - Olinto, pastore arcade, HWV 143 - Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122 - Agrippina condotta a morire, HWV 110

For the second "Glossa Portrait" release the spotlight falls upon a singer who, since the 1990s, has been excelling in broad swathes of Italian Baroque music, whose qualities had remained under-performed and under-appreciated until musicians of sufficient quality and understanding of such repertoire had emerged. The soprano Roberta Invernizzi has been one such musician, gifted with an ability to master the technical, expressive and temperamental challenges set by composers of that time. Many are the recordings of the music of Vivaldi, Monteverdi, and Alessandro Scarlatti graced by Invernizzi's sparkling presence.
Given Roberta Invernizzi's notable successes on stage (and on recordings) in portraying some of Handel's more famous female characters from the operas of his maturity, it was an inspired choice of Fabio Bonizzoni to involve the Milanese singer in his series of Le Cantate Italiane di Handel, and Invernizzi appeared on no less than five of the seven discs in that greatly-admired series. This two-disc Portrait album draws on those recordings to highlight the delicious characterizations of Invernizzi in Handel's vivid and visceral portrayals of nymphs and goddesses such as Diana, Cloris, Amarilis, Lidia and Fili, Arcadian characters one and all but nonetheless human in personality.

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