Inspiring handling of rivalry in this Handel and Porpora duality

'Bridelli showcases both Handel and his operatic opponent Porpora with impressive agility'

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July 2019
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Inspiring handling of rivalry in this Handel and Porpora duality

'Bridelli's strong mezzo voice provides fine advocacy for Porpora's long lyrical lines, especially in 'Nume che reggi' and in the drama of 'Dolce è su queste', a richly accompanied recitative'

 

Duel – Porpora and Handel in London
Handel: Tolomeo, HWV 25; Ariodante – excerpts; Alcina – excerpt; Catone in Utica – excerpt
Porpora: David e Bersabea; Polifemo – overture; arias from Arianna in Naxo, Calcante e Achille, Polifemo, Mitridate 
Giuseppina Bridelli (mezzo-soprano); Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu/Franck-Emmanuel Comte
Arcana A 461 65:50 mins

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