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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'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'

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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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