Handel Arias
Joan Sutherland, Bernadette Greevy, Forbes Robinson, Hervey Alan, William Herbert
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4824759
Barcode
00028948247592
Format
2-CD
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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
CD 1
Ottone: Vieni, o figlio
Partenope: Voglio dire
Alexander Balus: Convey me to some peaceful shore
Alcina: Verdi prati
Ottone: La speranza
Admeto: Cangio d’aspetto
Rodelinda: Dove sei
Rinaldo: Lascia ch’io pianga
Atalanta: Care selve
Clori, Tirsi e Fileno: Come la rondinella
Bernadette Greevy, contralto

Alcina: Tornami a vagheggiar
Alcina: Ombre pallide
Giulio Cesare: V’adoro, pupille
Giulio Cesare: Da tempeste il legno infranto
Samson: With plaintive note
Samson: Let the bright seraphim
Joan Sutherland, soprano

CD 2
Esther: Tune your harps to cheerful strains*
William Herbert, tenor

Esther: Turn not, O Queen, thy face away*
Hervey Alan, bass 

Alexander’s Feast: Revenge, Timotheus cries
Ezio: Se un bell’ardire
Susanna: Peace crown’d with roses
Hercules: The God of Battle
Acis and Galatea: O ruddier than the cherry*
Theodora: Wide spread his name
Judas Maccabaeus: Arm, arm ye brave*
Berenice: Si, tra i ceppi*
Semele: Leave me, loathsome light
Alcina: Pensa a chi geme
Samson: Honour and arms
Forbes Robinson, bass

*FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON DECCA CD

Recording information

Recording Producers: Michael Bremner (Greevy, Robinson); Ray Minshull (Sutherland: Alcina, Alan, Herbert), Ray Minshull, James Walker (Sutherland: Let the bright seraphim); Christopher Raeburn & Ray Minshull (Sutherland: Giulio Cesare); Christopher Raeburn (Sutherland: With plaintive note)
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson, Stanley Goodall (Greevy); Kenneth Wilkinson, Alan Reeve (Robinson); unknown (Sutherland: Alcina, Alan, Herbert); Peter Attwood, Kenneth Wilkinson (Sutherland: Let the bright seraphim); James Brown (Sutherland: Giulio Cesare); Arthur Lilley, Arthur Bannister (Sutherland: With plaintive note)
Recording Locations: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 26–29 October 1965 & 14 February 1966 (Greevy), 6–9 September 1966 (Robinson), 15–18 August 1960 (Sutherland: Let the bright seraphim); Decca Studio 1, West Hampstead, London, UK, March 1958 (Sutherland: Alcina, Alan, Herbert); Decca Studio 3, West Hampstead, London, UK, 3–6 July 1963 (Sutherland: Giulio Cesare), June 1963 (Sutherland: With plaintive note)
Remastering Engineer: Paschal Byrne

Reviews

‘Sutherland sings with a beautiful tone, a sure technique and a true feeling for the style of the music. She makes it all sound so easy too. The accompaniments are well played and the recording is first rate.’ (Music of Handel) Opera magazine, March 1959

‘[This] is mainly Sutherland’s record, and her florid elaborations of melodies turn da capos into things of delight and wonder … Richard Bonynge, too, conducts with splendid sense of style’ (Giulio Cesare) The Stereo Record Guide

‘This Irish contralto is a real discovery … She sings with style and feeling, and the recital is one that can be listened to repeatedly with growing pleasure … The accompaniments are admirably realized, and Raymond Leppard’s contributions on the harpsichord are worthy of a disc all to themselves.’ (Greevy) Opera magazine, December 1966

‘A mouthwatering recital of bass lollipops from Handel’s operas and oratorios… This is easily the most enjoyable record of the kind that has come my way.’ (Robinson) Peter le Huray in Audio Record Review, May 1967