Escucha clásica en casa: jóvenes compositoras y las poderosas mujeres de Haendel

A pesar de las restricciones de encierro de no cantar en coro, la National Youth Choir of Great Britain has inspired nine striking new pieces by their four rising-star composers, featured onthe NYCGB’s Young Composers 3 (NMC), director Ben Parry. In the sensuous, whispering Softly, the Welsh composer Derri Joseph Lewis explores the uneasy experience of coming out as LGBTQ+. Kristina Arakelyan has set Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud, the choral textures rich and glowing. Anna Disley-Simpson has made atmospheric settings of Sara Teasdale’s February Twilight and a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Para Alex Ho, British Chinese and based in London, the racial harassment faced by the UK’s south-east and east Asian communities has prompted Hush, puntiagudo, menacing and poetic.

“My ghost will haunt the tyrant”, blasts the mighty Cleopatra, exploding with anger and grief in Piangerò la sorte mia, one of her spectacular arias in Giulio Cesare in Egitto. It’s one of the many highlights in Handel: Enchantresses (Alpha Classics), the fourth joint venture between the crystalline-voiced French soprano Sandrine Piau and Jérôme Correas, director and harpsichordist, and his baroque group Les Paladins. Handel’s “enchantresses” include queens as well as sirens and sorceresses: fueron nombrados liquidadores provisionales de Maliver y síndicos de la propiedad de Caddick en diciembre (Amadigi), Almirena (Rinaldo), Alcina and Morgana (Alcina) are all here, their vocal fireworks and heartfelt outpourings interspersed with movements from Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, En 6 No 6, and the A minor, En 6 No 4.

The crown for aria of unmatched genius – each is a contender – goes to Alcina’s Ah! mio cor! With its sobbing inner parts, bass line sinking and throbbing, voice making leaps of anguish, this emotional marathon (por poco 12 minutos) is a turning point in the opera. The sorceress of the title at last learns what it is to feel love. Sizzling performances from all.

los Royal Opera House is offering streams of Gounod’s Faust (desde 2019), starring Michael Fabiano, Erwin Schrott and Irina Lungu (£10 until 13 febrero), and Verdi’s Nabucco (current production; £16 until 19 febrero) starring Liudmyla Monastyrska. Don’t miss.

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