Now That Is Some Graphic Love!


Anyone willing to put this baby together (below) is a true fan of Handel (unless it’s not photoshopped but is a real representation of the composer, which I doubt) – too bad the website is in Italian: Continue reading

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Handel Will Be Back (Soon)


Yes, I know about the umlaut but Handel was, after all, a British composer by geographical fate. I have listened to more Handel lately than anything else and I think my rediscovered enthusiasm for his operas is shared by others:

Since this is promo for Alcina, his my favorite Alcina aria (“Tornami a vagheggiar”) is included on Patricia Petibon’s new CD, a must-have for all the snobs.

And here’s the making of Petibon’s CD video (in French): Continue reading

Monday Tune: Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno


Video of Handel’s 1707 oratorio from Festival de Beaune:

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Le Triomphe du Temps et de la Vérité (Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno) fut composé en 1707 à Rome, lors du voyage de Haendel en Italie. Le livret de Pamphili oppose le Temps et la Vérité qui se disputent avec le Plaisir pour obtenir la soumission de la Beauté. Après moult atermoiements, la Beauté se détournera du “miroir trompeur” vers le “miroir du vrai” que lui tendent la Vérité et le Temps.

Pour le festival de Beaune, c’est Paul McCreesh qui dirige ses Gabrieli Consort & Players, l’ensemble sur instruments anciens qu’il a fondé en 1982. A leurs côtés Rebecca Bottone interprète la Beauté, Roman Colettt est le Temps, Renata Pokupic le Plaisir et Romina Basso la Vérité.