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Charles T. Downey, La Risonanza shines in U.S. debut concert at Library of Congress
Washington Post, December 1, 2012

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Le Cantate Per Il Marchese Ruspoli (Le Cantate Italiani di Handel, vol. 2), E. Galli, R. Invernizzi, La Risonanza
George Frideric Handel wrote a lot more than a certain piece played to death in the month of December. During his stay in Rome, from 1707 to 1710, he composed many Italian cantatas and oratorios, mostly on secular subjects. These often exquisite, lesser-known works were the focus of the stellar American debut of the Italian early-music ensemble La Risonanza on Thursday night at the Library of Congress.

Founded by Fabio Bonizzoni in 1995, the group has recorded a fine set of the complete Italian cantatas of Handel, a project finished in 2009 for the Glossa label. Soprano Yetzabel Arias Fernandez brought a limpid tone, delectation of text, and expressive face and musical line to the solo part of both cantatas. Her embellishments on the da capo repeats of the arias of “Notte placida e cheta” were inventive and moving, especially the sighing touches in the aria “Zeffiretti, deh! venite.” [Continue reading]
La Risonanza
Handel, Notte placida e cheta, HWV 142
Handel, Armida abbandonata ("Dietro l'orme fuggaci"), HWV 105 (text by Tasso)
With Yetzabel Arias Fernández, soprano
Library of Congress

La Risonanza is currently "Ensemble en Résidence” at the Fondation Royamount, where they are developing a performance project devoted to the music of Arcangelo Corelli.

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