The Spanish soprano Nuria Rial and the American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo are both young stars of the booming Baroque music scene and reap the highest praise from the press in their frequent live performances. For their first CD with DHM they have recorded together with the outstanding Chamber Orchestra Basel under Laurence Cummings the most beautiful “Duetti Amorosi” from the operas of Handel and complemented by matching solo arias. The selected duets show Handel’s full mastery of expressing different musical emotions, from musical love and lip-service, through deception and marital disputes: from “Caro amico amplesso” (Poro) to “Troppo oltraggi la mia fede” ( Serse), “Ma come amar?” (Muzio Scevola), “Ritorna nel core vezzo” (Arminio) to “Addio; mio caro bene” from Teseo. In these beautiful duets and selected solo arias suitable for the duets, Rial and Zazzo show how musically sophisticated and appealing Handel created these duets and arias, congenially accompanied by the Basel Chamber Orchestra under the inspired direction of Cummings, as director of the London Handel Festspiele a Handel connoisseur.
Financial Times Germany (31.10.2008)
“Rial and Zazzo embrace the feelings in the seven scenes of skin and hair, spreading their velvety voices to the full range of passion.”
“Just released in the German Harmonia Mundi Handel’s opera” Riccardo Primo “with Zazzo as Richard Lionheart and Nuria Rial as his bride – a recording with the Basel Chamber Orchestra.The label is now following: the German Harmonia Mundi has an album with the same cast And to the music of the same composer: “Duetti Amorosi” is her name – to be noticed – finds Christiane Schiemann.There one must listen carefully: in a short change Handel’s figures Clelia and Muzio interrupted and the voices of Nuria Rial and Lawrence Zazzo They fit so well together that they seem to merge on occasion. […] Lawrence Zazzo and Nuria Rial make the music flowering so magnificently that every rosary has to turn green with envy. ” – NDR Culture 12.02.2008
“A record to fall in love with (…) And the voices of Nuria Rial and Lawrence Zazzo go together so wonderfully that they seem to merge on occasion. (…) Especially since the voices of Lawrence Zazzo and Nuria Rial make the music so splendid Flourish every bed of roses must be green with envy. ” – Hr2 Cultural Tip, March 6, 2008
“Ideal young voices, as made for the duets of great love: Nuria Rial and the counter Lawrence Zazzo […] Not only the emotional spectrum in its variety, but also the perfect chamber music fusion of two nuanced voices enchants.” – FAZ, 19.4.08