- The debut album of an extraordinary voice, Margriet Buchberger
- Handel's strongest female characters united on one CD.
- Handel, sung with a naturalness, sensuality and luminosity that make other singers look pale by comparison.
Witches , Queens & Heroines
Cleopatra, Adelaide, Alcina, Laodice, Medea, Atalanta, Melissa & Morgana:
Audacious fighters, indomitable queens, and evil witches: On their debut CD, soprano Margriet Buchberger and the musicians of Il Giratempo put Handel’s strongest and most mesmerizing women centre stage - where they rightfully belong. The „wild“ women in Georg Friedrich Handel’s operas are truly queens of their own destiny.
They rule over empires, fight in bloody battles, are courageous hunters and passionate lovers. Their adventures are gems in a sea of female characters bound to tradition and cliché.“Good girls” may go to heaven, but in baroque opera they do so either as victims or trophies.
At best they come into their own when they sacrifice themselves virtuously to the mercy of fate and/or the men surrounding them. We have searched for strong, self-determined women – and found fascinating, modern characters, brought to life through beautiful music.
1MorirÓ, ma vendicata (Medea)Teseo HWV 9, Act 5, Scene 104:23
2Ombre pallide (Alcina)Alcina HWV 34, Act 2, Scene 1306:20
3Scherza in mar la navicella (Adelaide)Lotario HWV 26, Act 1, Scene 1005:29
4Or mi perdo di speranza (Laodice)Siroe, re di Persia HWV 24, Act 1, Scene 1304:42
5Al varco, oh pastori (Atalanta)Atalanta HWV 35, Act 1, Scene 701:31
6Ah, spietato! (Melissa)Amadigi di Gaula HWV 11, Act 1, Scene 405:23
7da tempeste il legno infrato (cleopatra)Giulio Cesare in Egitto HWV 17, Act 3, Scene 706:06
8Credete al mio dolore (morgana)Alcina HWV 34, Act 3, Scene 106:58
9Ah, mio cor (Alcina)Alcina HWV 34, Act 2, Scene 110:18