Saturday, July 14, 2012

Handel: Duets

“The playing is crisp and the singing polished and stylish, with Joshua, in particular, conveying infectious delight in this sophisticated music.” --BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 ****

“Connolly and Joshua are as outstanding a pair of Handel singers as one is likely to hear...The English Concert and Harry Bicket provide understated and efficient of both composer and these two singers will be enchanted by the highly accomplished music-making.” --Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“Admired individually as expert Handelian singers, together they [Joshua and Connolly] are perfectly attuned to each other’s (and Handel’s) musical gestures. The constant dovetailing and matching required is immaculately done, the balancing of words and notes achieved with remarkable consistency. 

On this occasions when they land on the same notes, there’s not a hair’s breadth between them, and whatever mood is to be conveyed, they capture it perfectly and in expressive union. Harry Bicket and the English Concert provide neat and lightly peppy playing. I suspect this will become a classic Handel recording.” --Opera News (USA) - July 2010

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