Handel’s Last Prima Donna:
Giulia Frasi in London
Soprano Arias from:
Thomas Augustine Arne (1710 – 1778):
Vincenzo Ciampi (c1719 – 1762):
Adriano in Siria
Il trionfo di Camilla
Philip Hayes (1738 – 1797):
John Christopher Smith (1712 – 1795):
George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759):
The Choice of Hercules
Ruby Hughes – Soprano
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenmen, Laurence Cummings
Excelling in Renaissance and baroque repertoire, the young British soprano Ruby Hughes pays tribute to Handel’s last prima donna, the Italian soprano Giulia Frasi.
For her debut recording on Chandos she has chosen a selection of celebrated arias composed for Frasi by Handel, in his late oratorios Susanna, Solomon, Theodora, and Jephtha, and other composers of the era, whose works are now much less familiar, offering several modern premieres.
Performed on period instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Laurence Cummings, and recorded in surroundsound, this programme is unique of its kind.
Chandos Chaconne SACD CHSA0403 @ £11* plus p&p