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Handel in Ireland, Vol. 1
Various composers

Bridget Cunningham

Handel in Ireland, Vol. 1

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212047828
Catnr: SIGCD 478
Release date: 10 March 2017
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Signum Classics
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0635212047828
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SIGCD 478
Release date
10 March 2017
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About the album

Bridget Cunningham marks St. Patrick's Day with a new harpsichord album that gives a glimpse into Handel's fascinating time in Dublin. In 1741, at the age of 56, following a financially difficult time in London and with fashions turning against Italian opera, Handel went to Dublin for nine months - a thriving musical city and the secon dlargest in the British Isles after London. The story of this fascinating trip is told in both music and detailed accompanying notes by harpsichordist and musicologist Bridget Cunningham. This disc is part of Cunningham's ongoing series with the ensemble London Early Opera, which has already seen releases of esveral volumes of Handel's music, including Handel in Italy and Handel at Vauxhall.
Een blik op Händels fascinerende tijd in Dublin
In 1741, na een financieel moeilijke tijd in Londen, een periode waarin Italiaanse opera uit de mode begon te raken, ging de toen 56-jarige Händel voor negen maanden naar Dublin – een bloeiende muzikale stad en de tweede grootste stad van de Britse Eilanden, na Londen. Het verhaal van deze fascinerende reis wordt muzikaal verteld door klavecinist en musicologe Bridget Cunningham.

Dit album maakt deel uit van Cunninghams ‘Händel in’ serie in samenwerking met het ensemble London Early Opera. Er zijn inmiddels al enkele volumes met muziek van Händel uitgebracht, waaronder Händel in Italy en Händel at Vauxhall.

Artist(s)

Bridget Cunningham (harpsichord)

Bridget Cunningham is a prizewinning harpsichordist, musicologist and an international, versatile conductor who trained at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded a Fellowship. This celebratory recording is part of an important larger series of her albums with Signum Classics – many of which include world premiere recordings. As Artistic Director of London Early Opera, Cunningham is a leading exponent of baroque music and created these outstanding recordings with many international singers such as Sophie Bevan, Lucy Crowe and Mary Bevan, baroque musicians and historians. Albums include Handel’s Eight Great Harpsichord Suites, Handel in Italy, Caio Fabbricio HWV A9 , Handel at Vauxhall, Handel in Ireland and Handel’s Queens which have been reviewed with international acclaim and shortlisted for a Gramophone Award nomination in 2020; “Handel has never sounded better” (Handel’s Queens) ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine, 2019 “Bridget Cunningham is just such a player... Her feeling for dance rhythms is infectious...
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Bridget Cunningham is a prizewinning harpsichordist, musicologist and an international, versatile conductor who trained at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded a Fellowship.
This celebratory recording is part of an important larger series of her albums with Signum Classics – many of which include world premiere recordings.
As Artistic Director of London Early Opera, Cunningham is a leading exponent of baroque music and created these outstanding recordings with many international singers such as Sophie Bevan, Lucy Crowe and Mary Bevan, baroque musicians and historians. Albums include Handel’s Eight Great Harpsichord Suites, Handel in Italy, Caio Fabbricio HWV A9 , Handel at Vauxhall, Handel in Ireland and Handel’s Queens which have been reviewed with international acclaim and shortlisted for a Gramophone Award nomination in 2020; “Handel has never sounded better” (Handel’s Queens) ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine, 2019 “Bridget Cunningham is just such a player... Her feeling for dance rhythms is infectious and her ability to entertain unassailable” (Handel’s Eight Great Harpsichord Suites) ★★★★★ 5 stars BBC Music Magazine, 2022 Cunningham’s harpsichord performances include playing at the London Handel Festival, Maison Hine Cognac, Victoria International Festival, Gozo as well as for the Royal family at Buckingham Palace. She has performed at the Innsbruck Festival, Yale University, St John’s Smith Square, Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Handel Hendrix Museum, St George’s Hanover Square, the Foundling Museum and St Martin-in-the-Fields. She regularly collaborates with baroque dance groups and has a passion for combining the artworld with music. Cunningham is a keen advocate for directing baroque music from the harpsichord. As well as her numerous performances including several of Handel’s operas, Bach’s Easter Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Gloria and a 400th anniversary performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers at Southwark Cathedral, she has also directed a world premiere for BBC Radio 4 with London Early Opera written by a BBC Inspire Young Composer of the Year, Grace Evangeline- Mason, for the 300th Anniversary of Handel’s Water Music.
She has appeared on several BBC Radio and TV broadcasts including BBC Radio 3 In Tune, BBC 2 Messiah, BBC 4 Vivaldi’s Women, Radio 4 Front Row and SkyArts, RTE, RTP and Radio Stephansdom.


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Composer(s)

Georg Friedrich Händel

Georg Frideric Handel was a composer from the Baroque period. Handel wrote primarily music-dramatic works: 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets, which comes to a total amount of almost 2000 arias! Furthermore, he composed English, Italian and Latin sacred music, serenades and odes. Among his instrumental music are several organ concertos, concerti grossi, overtures, oboe sonatas and violinsonates, along with many solo works for harpsichord and organ.  Together with Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in the same year (1685), Handel is viewed as one of the greatest composers of his time. He was extremely prolific and wrote in total more than 610 works, many of which are still performed today.  Compared to his contemporaries Bach, Telemann...
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Georg Frideric Handel was a composer from the Baroque period. Handel wrote primarily music-dramatic works: 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets, which comes to a total amount of almost 2000 arias! Furthermore, he composed English, Italian and Latin sacred music, serenades and odes. Among his instrumental music are several organ concertos, concerti grossi, overtures, oboe sonatas and violinsonates, along with many solo works for harpsichord and organ.

Together with Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in the same year (1685), Handel is viewed as one of the greatest composers of his time. He was extremely prolific and wrote in total more than 610 works, many of which are still performed today.

Compared to his contemporaries Bach, Telemann and Scarlatti, Handel was by far the most cosmopolitan. When Handel was a child, his father, who was a surgeon at the court of Saxe-Weissenfels, imagined a juridical career for him. But his musical talents did not go unnoticed at the court, which forced the father to let him study music. In Hamburg, Handel befriended Mattheson. Together they visited Buxtehude, the greatest organ player of his time, in 1703 (two years before Bach did). At that time, Handel was already an excellent musician, but it wasn't until his stay in Italy - the land of opera - that his talents and skills truly started to flourish. Back in Germany, he received a position at the court of Hannover, where the noblemen had a connection to the British throne. Thanks to these connections, Handel decided to move to London, after which a puzzling history of intrigues and political games started. For example, it is unclear what the exact political message of his famous Water Music is, which was composed for a boat ride on the river Thames by King George. Initially, Handel focused on Italian opera during his stay in London, but from the 1730s onwards he started composing English spoken oratorios, with the celebrated Messiah at its peak.


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Francesco Geminiani

Tenor Saxophonist and composer Francesco Geminiani comes from beautiful Verona (IT) before moving to Switzerland, NYC and Paris. An endless musical curiosity drives him across styles and melodies, sharing the stage with great human beings across the New and the Old World.  His new Album “Red Sky, Blue Water” has been released in April 2021 by “Fresh Sound New Talent”. In this work he is joined by a dynamic rhythm section with Manuel Schmiedel on piano, Rick Rosato on bass and Daniel Dor on drums. Beside his work as a leader, Geminiani stands out as an in demand tenor saxophonist of its generation. Performing and recording internationally, he is now based in Paris collaborating with great artists of the NYC and European...
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Tenor Saxophonist and composer Francesco Geminiani comes from beautiful Verona (IT) before moving to Switzerland, NYC and Paris. An endless musical curiosity drives him across styles and melodies, sharing the stage with great human beings across the New and the Old World. His new Album “Red Sky, Blue Water” has been released in April 2021 by “Fresh Sound New Talent”. In this work he is joined by a dynamic rhythm section with Manuel Schmiedel on piano, Rick Rosato on bass and Daniel Dor on drums.
Beside his work as a leader, Geminiani stands out as an in demand tenor saxophonist of its generation. Performing and recording internationally, he is now based in Paris collaborating with great artists of the NYC and European scene such as the Arthur Hnatek trio, Hermon Mehari, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Richard Sears, Marta Sanchez, Daniel Dor, Arnaud Dolmen, Noé Tavelli…
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01.
Messiah, HWV 56: Overture
03:32
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
02.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Vo Far Guerra
13:28
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
03.
Esther, HWV 50: Overture – Andante
02:03
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
04.
Esther, HWV 50: Overture – Larghetto
02:12
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
05.
Esther, HWV 50: Overture – Andante
02:44
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
06.
Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: Ouverture
06:36
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
07.
Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: Andante
03:19
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
08.
Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: Allegro
02:34
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
09.
Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: Sarabande
02:32
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
10.
Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: Gigue
01:36
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
11.
Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: Passacaille
04:29
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
12.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga
02:38
(George Frideric Handel) Bridget Cunningham
13.
Handel's Forest Music
03:50
(Anonymous) Bridget Cunningham
14.
Vivement in D Minor
04:58
(Francesco Geminiani) Bridget Cunningham
15.
Suite No. 8 in G Minor: Allemande
03:56
(Thomas Roseingrave) Bridget Cunningham
16.
Suite No. 8 in G Minor: Sarabande
02:07
(Thomas Roseingrave) Bridget Cunningham
17.
Suite No. 8 in G Minor: Gigue
01:34
(Thomas Roseingrave) Bridget Cunningham
18.
Sonatina in E Flat, Op. 6 No. 10: Andante larghetto
02:45
(Charles Thomas Carter) Bridget Cunningham
19.
Sonatina in E Flat, Op. 6 No. 10: Allegretto
01:33
(Charles Thomas Carter) Bridget Cunningham
20.
Der arme Irische Junge
01:55
(Anonymous) Bridget Cunningham
21.
Aileen Aroon
02:31
(Anonymous) Bridget Cunningham
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