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David Daniels, John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris - Handel: Oratorio Arias (2002)

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David Daniels, John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris - Handel: Oratorio Arias (2002)

David Daniels, John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris - Handel: Oratorio Arias (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 67:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45497 2 | Recorded: 2000

This is a beautiful selection of arias from Handel’s oratorios composed in the latish 1740s. Each one is a gem and David Daniels again proves himself the leading “operatic” countertenor of our day. He possesses one of the few countertenor voices that might be called “sensual”, not to mention one of the few with any respectable volume. He even puts pressure on it occasionally–as opposed, say, to Drew Minter or Alfred Deller, who aim (aimed) for a diaphonous sound.
Some of these arias were composed for male altos or sopranos, others for mid-range women; Daniels is at home wherever. The dazzling opening aria from Belshazzar is two-and-a-half minutes of trumpets a-blazing along with the voice; the next aria, from the same work, is five minutes of introspection. Just listening to the one after the other gives us an example of how fine a singer Daniels is: he alters his tone remarkably for the two characters, first offering coloratura fireworks and great agility, and then long legato, smooth delivery, and lovely tone. Athamas’ love song from Semele is just gorgeous–heartfelt and luscious.
And so it goes throughout the CD. In aria after aria Daniels ornaments very lightly; when simplicity is called for, as in “He was despised”, simplicity is what we get. He stretches that last-mentioned aria to almost 11 minutes, but it’s sung about as beautifully as you’ll ever hear it. John Nelson leads the modern-instrument Ensemble Orchestre de Paris with an absolutely correct sense of Baroque style, and it plays handsomely.
–Robert Levine

Performer:
David Daniels, countertenor
Ensemble Orchestre de Paris
Conductor - John Nelson

Track List:
01. Belshazzar: Destructive War
02. Belshazzar: Oh sacred oracles of Thruth
03. Semele: Despair no more shall wound me
04. Semele: Your tuneful voice
05. Theodora: The raptured soul
06. Theodora: Deeds of kindness
07. Theodora: Kind heaven
08. Theodora: Sweet rose and lily
09. Saul: Brave Jonthan
10. Saul: O Lord,whose mercies numberless
11. Jephtha: Up the dreadful steep ascending
12. Jephtha: Dull delay
13. Messiah: He was despised


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David Daniels, John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris - Handel: Oratorio Arias (2002)