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4 days ago

London Early Opera

Excited to have a glorious new review in @TheScotsman

“the performances all boast star quality “

Thank you @KenWalton4

If you love #Handel & baroque music - new album *Handel’s Queens* is out now @SignumRecords @MusicCunningham @LucyCroweSop @MaryCBevan
⭐️ #StarQuality ⭐️ smarturl.it/handelsqueens

The Scotsman. Handel's Queens - Signum

Bridget Cunningham
London Early Opera
Mary Bevan & Lucy Crowe - sopranos

10 August 2019

In Handel's time, as today, singing superstars were feted and paid vast amounts of money.

Arias were written to virtuosic order and the divas themselves could often be difficult, as
Bridget Cunningham, conductor and creator of Handel's Queens informs us in her
fascinating sleeve notes to this compelling double disc.

Cunningham's nimble London Early Opera provide a glorious backdrop to the vocal
dexterity and stylistic flourishes of sopranos Mary Bevan and Lucy Crowe, who in fact reenact the personas of real-life 18th century divas Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni.

They perform arias not just by Handel but by his contemporaries such as Hasse,Pollarolo,
Vivaldi, Bononcini and the Englishman Maurice Greene.

There is no shortage of music on offer here, and the performances all boast star quality.

Ken Walton
The Scotsman
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Excited to have a glorious new review in  @TheScotsman 

“the performances all boast star quality “ 

Thank you @KenWalton4

 If you love #Handel & baroque music - new album *Handel’s Queens* is out now  @SignumRecords  @MusicCunningham @LucyCroweSop @MaryCBevan 
⭐️ #StarQuality ⭐️ http://smarturl.it/handelsqueens

The Scotsman. Handels Queens - Signum 

Bridget Cunningham
London Early Opera
Mary Bevan & Lucy Crowe - sopranos

10 August 2019

In Handels time, as today, singing superstars were feted and paid vast amounts of money.

Arias were written to virtuosic order and the divas themselves could often be difficult, as 
Bridget Cunningham, conductor and creator  of Handels Queens informs us in her
fascinating sleeve notes to this compelling double disc.

Cunninghams nimble London Early Opera provide a glorious backdrop to the vocal 
dexterity and stylistic flourishes of sopranos Mary Bevan and Lucy Crowe, who in fact reenact the personas of real-life 18th century divas Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni.

They perform arias not just by Handel but by his contemporaries such as Hasse,Pollarolo, 
Vivaldi, Bononcini and the Englishman Maurice Greene.

There is no shortage of music on offer here, and the performances all boast star quality.

Ken Walton
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The Scotsman. Handel's Queens - Signum Bridget Cunningham London Early Opera Mary Bevan & Lucy Crowe - sopranos 10 August 2019 In Handel's time, as today, singing superstars were feted and paid vast amounts of money. Arias were written to virtuosic order and the divas themselves could often be difficult, as Bridget Cunningham, conductor and creator of Handel's Queens informs us in her fascinating sleeve notes to this compelling double disc. Cunningham's nimble London Early Opera provide a glorious backdrop to the vocal dexterity and stylistic flourishes of sopranos Mary Bevan and Lucy Crowe, who in fact reenact the personas of real-life 18th centurydivas Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni. They perform arias not just by Handel but by his contemporaries such as Hasse,Pollarolo, Vivaldi, Bononcini and the Englishman Maurice Greene. There is no shortage of music on offer here, and the performances all boast star quality. Ken Walton The Scotsman

2 weeks ago

London Early Opera

“A new Opera of Handel’s called Alexander is to be performed & Faustina & Cuzzoni are to be Rivall Queens which must be good Diversion to the Audience, they hating one another like two Corn Cutters” London 1726

#newalbum #Handel’s Queens @SignumRecords Directed by Bridget Cunningham Available from smarturl.it/handelsqueens
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“A new Opera of Handel’s called Alexander is to be performed & Faustina & Cuzzoni are to be Rivall Queens which must be good Diversion to the Audience, they hating one another like two Corn Cutters” London 1726 

#newalbum #Handel’s Queens @SignumRecords Directed by Bridget Cunningham Available from http://smarturl.it/handelsqueens

2 weeks ago

London Early Opera

Yes! We are straight in at No. 17 of Presto Classical Charts! Handel’s Queens

HANDEL WITH ATTITUDE
www.prestomusic.com/classical/articles/2786--presto-chart-the-presto-chart-july-2019
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Yes! We are straight in at No. 17 of Presto Classical Charts! Handel’s Queens 

HANDEL WITH ATTITUDE
https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/articles/2786--presto-chart-the-presto-chart-july-2019

 

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Just got our copy yesterday!

3 weeks ago

London Early Opera

After release from imprisonment and being kidnapped by one of her patrons, Faustina Bordoni made her operatic debut in Pollarolo’s Ariodante. Her secret lover, violinist Mauro D’Alay led Handel’s Royal Academy orchestra - later she married Johann Hasse...

Listen in to Handel’s Queens to enjoy the stunning singing of Mary Bevan MBE

Handel’s Queens is available from:
smarturl.it/handelsqueens
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After release from imprisonment and being kidnapped by one of her patrons, Faustina Bordoni made her operatic debut in Pollarolo’s Ariodante. Her secret lover, violinist Mauro D’Alay led Handel’s Royal Academy orchestra - later she married Johann Hasse... 

Listen in to Handel’s Queens to enjoy the stunning singing of Mary Bevan MBE

Handel’s Queens is available from:
smarturl.it/handelsqueensImage attachment

4 weeks ago

London Early Opera

Another beautiful image from the Gerald Coke Collection at the Foundling Museum. David Coke’s introductory essay on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens can be found in our CD booklet “Handel at Vauxhall” available from

hyperurl.co/HandelatVauxhall2?fbclid=IwAR1mLWItH9A823ASa1N6srzuMJFzW8tmqLkjUn4hBi1W1tpaAqmSiaCugCMIn this hot weather, the only sensible option is having a cooling promenade in the park, like these figures from William Dickinson's 'The gardens of Carleton House with Neapolitan ballad singers', from our Gerald Coke Handel Collection.
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Another beautiful image from the Gerald Coke Collection at the Foundling Museum. David Coke’s introductory essay on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens can be found in our CD booklet “Handel at Vauxhall” available from 

http://hyperurl.co/HandelatVauxhall2?fbclid=IwAR1mLWItH9A823ASa1N6srzuMJFzW8tmqLkjUn4hBi1W1tpaAqmSiaCugCM