Barnaby Smith – Barnaby Smith Handel (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Barnaby Smith – Barnaby Smith Handel (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:02:55 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © VOCES8 Records

Basel/Scholl-trained countertenor, conductor and Artistic Director Barnaby Smith releases his debut album on 29 October – the crowning glory of his many lockdown projects, and a legacy to leave his new son. Usually to be found directing and singing with VOCES8, conducting orchestras and choirs around the world or teaching, one of Barney’s lockdown silver linings was the space, time and inspiration to step into the studio as a soloist.

‘Handel’ features a collection of Handel’s finest solos and duets performed by leading British Baroque soloists Barnaby Smith and Mary Bevan, accompanied by an exceptional line-up of some of the UK’s finest Baroque chamber musicians. Revealing his capacity for invention, re-invention and innovation, this stellar line-up gilds each of Handel’s works with fresh dramaticism and beauty.

Recorded in lockdown in the midst of the country’s biggest Arts crisis of recent years, the joy this group of friends and colleagues lends to these tracks brings new life to key works, in part a testament to the hope Barney and his VOCES8 Foundation team gave the musical world through LIVE From London and other supportive ventures.

01. Barnaby Smith – Serse, HWV 40: Frondi tenere & Ombra mai fù (Largo)
02. Barnaby Smith – Rinaldo, HWV 7: Venti, turbini, prestate
03. Barnaby Smith – Rinaldo, HWV 7: Cara sposa, amante cara
04. Barnaby Smith – Jephtha, HWV 70: These Labours Past
05. Barnaby Smith – Solomon, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
06. Barnaby Smith – Ariodante, HWV 33: Scherza infida
07. Barnaby Smith – Rodelinda, Regina de’ Longobardi, HWV 19: Io t’abbraccio
08. Barnaby Smith – Alcina, HWV 34: Verdi prati
09. Barnaby Smith – Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17: Overture
10. Barnaby Smith – Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17: Va tacito
11. Barnaby Smith – Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17: Al lampo dell’ armi
12. Barnaby Smith – Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17: Caro! (Bella!) Più amabile belta (Live)