Handel’s Unsung Heroes
We are really proud to share this recording with you in which the instrumentalists of Handel’s operas are put centre stage. Traditionally restricted to an “invisible” existence in the orchestra pit, La Nuova Musica’s obbligato instrumentalists – violinist Thomas Gould, oboist Leo Duarte and bassoonist Joe Qiu – are now in the limelight.
They stand as equal partners alongside a world-class line up of soloists – soprano Lucy Crowe, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice and countertenor Iestyn Davies – showing how Handel wrote music as virtuosic and lyrical for his unsung heroes as for their singing counterparts.
The album includes exceptional arias from Handel masterpieces such as Rinaldo (including Or la tromba, the only aria Handel ever wrote for four trumpets and drums), Giulio Cesare (featuring V’adoro, Pupille, an aria that was so luxuriously orchestrated that it completely surpassed the usual expenses for an opera orchestra in Handel’s time), Alcina (Sta nell’ Ircana with its wild hunting horns), Agrippina and Ariodante. Handel’s Unsung Heroes is a celebration of Handel’s brilliant orchestrations, the UK’s best Handelians, as well as the La Nuova Musica orchestra and its very own Unsung Heroes.