Handel in Italy, Vol.1


London Early Opera perform a unique programme of Handel’s Italian-inspired works, devised by conductor Bridget Cunningham and featuring a unique family collaboration from from world-renowned soprano sisters Sophie Bevan and Mary Bevan alongside their uncle, bass Benjamin Bevan.

Praise for the series: 4*, 5* ‘if all six [discs] are put together with the same care as these two, and directed with the same verve and vigour, this will be a series well worth collecting’ – Early Music Today

Read an interview with London Early Opera conductor and musicologist Bridget Cunningham at Presto Classical!





What people are saying

"A dazzling disc from the Bevan siblings." The Observer, August 2015

"An enoyable showcase for Mary, Sophie and Benjamin Bevan." The Sunday Times, August 2015

" 4*- A delectable musical dish from the Early Opera Company and a trio of Bevan soloists." Sinfini Music, September 2015

" A pleasant compilation, showcasing the considerable vocal talents of three of the Bevan family." Early Music Review, September 2015

" Bridget Cunningham and her performers certainly succeed in bringing out both the virtuosity and variety of Handel’s Italian period." Planet Hugill, September 2015

" [Handel’s Gloria] is beautifully stated, often moving, subtle and never overblown. It is sung to perfection here." Music Web International, September 2015

"Sparkling performance…simply thrilling. I look forward to Volume 2." North East Music Magazine, September 2015

"This is as polished an account as any on account of Sophie Bevan’s unerring sense of decorum for what each movement requires. – Editors Pick" Gramophone, October 2015

"the quality of the musicianship is high." BBC Music Magazine, October 2015

"the playing is so beautifully focused." BBC Radio 3 CD Review, October 2015

Mary Bevan
Sophie Bevan
Benjamin Bevan
London Early Opera
Bridget Cunningham

Release date:31st Jul 2015
Order code:SIGCD423
Barcode: 635212042328

Dazzlingly sung by Sophie Bevan. Other members of the remarkable Bevan family clan match her: soprano Mary contributes arias from opera and oratorio, while baritone Benjamin offers a fine cantata

The Observer

  1. Gloria, HWV deest: I. Gloria in excelsis Deo – George Frideric Handel – 2:19
  2. Cuopre tal volta il cielo, HWV 98: III. Recitativo “Cosi fiera procella” – George Frideric Handel – 1:03
  3. Cuopre tal volta il cielo, HWV 98: II. Aria “Tuona, balena, sibila il vento” – George Frideric Handel – 3:01
  4. Cuopre tal volta il cielo, HWV 98: I. Accompagnato “Cuopre tal volta il cielo” – George Frideric Handel – 1:19
  5. Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Part 1, HWV 46a: Un pensiero nemico di pace – George Frideric Handel – 4:22
  6. Sonata for a Harpsichord with Double Keys in G Major, HWV 579 – George Frideric Handel – 5:14
  7. Agrippina, HWV 6, Act III Scene 10: Bel Piacere – George Frideric Handel – 2:08
  8. Rodrigo, HWV 5: Overture – Passacaille – George Frideric Handel – 4:21
  9. Gloria, HWV deest: VI. Quoniam tu solus sanctus – George Frideric Handel – 3:04
  10. Gloria, HWV deest: V. Qui tollis peccata mundi – George Frideric Handel – 4:08
  11. Gloria, HWV deest: IV. Domine Deus, Rex coelestis – George Frideric Handel – 1:24
  12. Gloria, HWV deest: III. Laudamus te – George Frideric Handel – 2:11
  13. Gloria, HWV deest: II. Et in terra pax – George Frideric Handel – 2:49
  14. Cuopre tal volta il cielo, HWV 98: IV. Aria “Per piet?” – George Frideric Handel – 5:37