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Release Date: Friday 16 October 2020
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For the French soprano Élisabeth Duparc, known as 'La Francesina', Handel composed no fewer than twelve principal roles in major works - operas and oratorios - written towards the end of his life. She took the title role in Semele, for instance, and the parts of Michal in Saul and Nitocris in Belshazzar. Sophie Junker and the Concert de l'Hostel Dieu pay tribute to her here, through some of her most successful roles as the composer's muse.
International Classical Music Awards 2021 Winner - Baroque Vocal
Handel: Prophetic raptures swell my breast (from Joseph And His Brethren, HWV 59)
Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76: What passion cannot Music raise and quell?
Handel: Và, perfido! Quel cor mi tradirà (from Deidamia)
Handel: Belshazzar, HWV 61: Sinfonia "Allegro Postillons"
Handel: Semele: Myself I shall adore
Handel: Semele, HWV 58: Overture
Handel: My father! Ah! methinks I see (from Hercules, HWV 60)
Handel: The Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62: Musette from "Sinfonia"
Handel: Mi parto lieta sulla tua fede! (from Faramondo)
Handel: In sweetest harmony they lived (from Saul)
Handel: Nasconde l'usignol (from Deidamia)
Handel: Ne men con l'ombre (from Serse)