Handel's Finest Arias for Base Voice, Vol. 2 (CD)

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Christopher Purves, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

Christopher Purves is renowned for both the powerful sense of dramatic conviction he brings to everything he undertakes, and for a vocal technique which must be heard to be believed. From Handel’s early cantata to selections from Italian opera and English oratorio, this is a recital from a very special singer indeed.

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BBC Music Magazine

5 Stars
Opera Choice

"Some of Handel’s greatest music was written for bass-baritones, and in Purves finds its ideal interpreter."

Gramophone Magazine

Gramophone Magazine - August 2018 Editor's Choice

"This superb follow-up [to Vol. 1] makes you wonder anew at the composer’s inventive variety…Purves is surely unique among today’s Anglophone singers in fusing an easily produced high baritone, by turns mellifluous and incisive, with a clean, resonant bass register… … Ever alive to texture and subtleties of colour, Arcangelo on their own give a fresh, spirited account of one of the Op 3 Concerti grossi."

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Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 4a in F Major, HWV315
Gelido in ogni vena from Siroe, re di persia, HWV 24
Nell'Africane selve, HWV 136a
Oh memory, still bitter to my soul (from Belshazzar)
Opprest with never-ceasing grief (from Belshazzar)
Shall I in Mamre's fertile plain (from Joshua)
Tu di pietà mi spogli (from Siroe, Re di Persia)
Vieni, o caro, che senza il tuo core (from Rinaldo)
When storms the proud (from Athalia)