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La Risonanza - Fabio Bonizzoni






"...exquisite, lesser-known works ( Handel's Italian cantatas)  were the focus of the 
stellar American debut of the Italian early-music ensemble La Risonanza
last thursday night at the Library of Congress."
Washington Post, 30 Nov 2012
2007, 2010, & 2011










Handel




Salvo Vitale, bass





Raffaella Milanesi, soprano




Programs


Love, Happiness and Despair

Extreme Passions: Handel & Bach


RAFFAELLA MILANESI – soprano


J.S. Bach Concerto in c minor BWV 1060a
for oboe, violin, strings and continuo

“Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten” BWV 202
Cantata for soprano, oboe, strings and continuo

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G.F. Handel “Ero e Leandro” HWV 150 30’
Cantata for soprano & orchestra

“Da tempeste il legno infranto”
Aria from “Giulio Cesare,” for soprano & orchestra


Andrea Mion, Elisabeth Baumer – oboi
Nicholas Robinson, Ana Liz Ojeda, Elena Telò – violini
Gianni de Rosa – viola
Caterina Dell’Agnello – violoncello
Davide Nava – contrabbasso
Fabio Bonizzoni – clavicembalo e direzione


JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH:

KÖTHEN SERENATAS


Lisa Larsson, soprano

Elena Biscuola, mezzo soprano

Kristyan Adam, tenor

Sergio Foresti, bass

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Cantata BWV 173a
“Durchlauchtster Leopold”

Suite no. 2 in b flat BWV 1067


Cantata BWV 134a
“Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht“


4 singers, 2 oboes, 2 flutes,
2 violins, alto, cello, bass
Fabio Bonizzoni – harpsichord and direction

HANDEL IN ITALY

G.F. Handel (1685-1759)

Roberta Invernizzi
soprano
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Triosonata op 5 no 4 in G major HWV 399

Cantata “Non può mia musa” HWV 117
for soprano and basso continuo

Cantata "Figlio d’alte speranze" HWV 113
for soprano, violin and basso continuo

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Cantata "Mi palpita il cor" HWV 132
for soprano, violin and basso continuo


Triosonata op2 no. 1 in b minor HWV 386b


Cantata "Notte placida e cheta" HWV 142
for soprano, 2 violins and basso continuo


Soprano –  2 violins, cello
Fabio Bonizzoni – harpsichord and direction


 

Stabat Mater


Yetzabel Arias Fernandez – soprano

Lucia Cirillo – mezzosoprano

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A. Vivaldi
Sonata al Santo Sepolcro in Mi bem maggiore RV 130

G.F. Händel/G. Ferrandini
 Il Pianto di Maria

 per soprano, archi e continuo

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G.B. Pergolesi Stabat Mater
 per soprano, contralto, archi e basso continuo


LA RISONANZA
4 violini, viola , violoncello, contrabbasso
Fabio Bonizzoni – clavicembalo, organo e direzione


Handel
 
Messiah
[November 2011]




Monteverdi
Vespro della Beata Vergine






CD Reviews




Fabio Bonizzoni ensures that the performance crackle with dramatic tension or plumb the depths of desolate melodic melancholy according to what Handel's music demands, but the most impressive aspect of these performances is the conductor's awareness of story-telling and judicious moulding of the musical flow... further testament to the marvellous subtlety and richness of Handel's Roman music and contains Handel-singing, playing and direction of the absolute highest order... This lovingly prepared series promises to be of the utmost importance to Handel lovers.”
Gramophone



“Here is joyful news for Handelians: La Risonanza and Glossa plan to record all Handel's early Italian cantatas with chamber-orchestra accompaniment.”
Sunday Times


Fabio Bonizzoni is recognized as one of the 10 World's Handelians.
BBC Music Magazine – January 2009


G.F. Händel
Le Cantate per il Cardinal Pamphili


Roberta Invernizzi, soprano
[GCD 921521]

STANLEY SADIE HANDEL RECORDING PRIZE
2007


Classical CD of the Week
The Sunday Times

Recommended by Gramophone

Nominated for
Edison Classical Music Award

“This year we are delighted to congratulate Roberta Invernizzi, La Risonanza and Fabio Bonizzoni upon the award of first prize for their exemplary disc Le Cantate per il Cardinal Pamphili. This is La Risonanza’s first volume in what the group hopes will be a complete series of the ‘cantate con strumenti’ (i.e. cantatas accompanied by instruments in addition to basso continuo) that the young Handel composed during a fertile period working in Italy (1705-10). The programme’s coherence, Invernizzi’s authoritative yet delightful singing, and La Risonanza’s theatrically coloured playing have raised the performance standard for Handel’s Italian cantatas. Bonizzoni’s refreshing direction is entirely devoid of the coolly dispatched detachment or mannered feyness often found in this repertoire. The early indication is that this lovingly prepared series will be of the utmost important to Handel lovers, and we offer our utmost encouragement to La Risonanza for its endeavours to complete the project in time for the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death in 2009. We congratulate all performers involved and the pioneering Spanish early music label Glossa for producing a lovingly prepared recording, and acclaim it as the finest testament of Handel’s genius produced on CD during 2007.”
STANLEY SADIE HANDEL RECORDING PRIZE 2007


“This splendid disc raises performance of Handel's cantatas to a new level. Roberta Invernizzi [...] brings the dramatic sentiments of the poetry fully to life, while also delivering inch-perfect coloratura and stylish phrasing. Her blend of spectacular singing and emotional substance [...] is possibly the most satisfying interpretation on disc.”
David Vickers – Gramophone
October 2006



“The soprano Invernizzi sings with a larynx of steel on this stunning disc of early Handel Italian Cantatas. [...] The band sound inspired. Stunning.”
Rick Jones – The Times
August 2006



“Invernizzi has a fresh, bright soprano that supplies constant delight, and the playing of La Risonanza is unfailingly stylish.”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times August 2006


“Roberta Invernizzi fait cependant valoir un itlien impecable, de fraiches coulours et une souple ligne mélodique. La Risonanza lui répond par des superbes solos, un discours convaincu et finemenet articulé.”
Philippe Venturini –
Le Monde de la Musique –
Novembre 2006


“...plenty to admire and to enjoy.”
Nicholas Anderson –
BBC Music Magazine


“L’ascolto è entusiasmante, grazie alla maestria di Bonizzoni che dal cembalo guida un ensemble affiatato”
Mario Marcarini – Musica
Novembre 2006




G.F. Händel
Le Cantate per il Marchese Ruspoli

Emanuela Galli,
Roberta Invernizzi, soprano


[GCD 921522]


Gramophone Magazine: Editor's Choice October 2007
The Sunday Times: Classical CD of the Week


“The first volume of this delightful series, featuring Invernizzi, and Bonizzoni's period ensemble, ran away with the prestigious Stanley Sadie proze for this year's best Handel recording. This is even better. A superlative disc.”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times – July 2007


“Almost any CD that ditches the jewel case for a cover you want to stroke gets my vote. Especially a CD of Handel; especially a further volume in the series launched last year by Fabio Bonizzoni's group La Risonanza and the Spanish label Glossa...Directing from the harpsichord, Bonizzoni encourages direct and bouncy playing from the instrumental forces. This is a CD mounted with true musicianship and love, and I commend it into your care.”
Geoff Brown – The Times – July 2007


“…lettura ineccepibile della rara Diana cacciatrice HWV 79…Armida abbandonata, affrontata con intensità e commovente immedesimazione. Esaltante in particolare l’intesa con il cembalo di Bonizzoni nell’aria «Ah, crudele!» ma sempre eccellente nel complesso l’affiatamento fra voce e strumenti, tesi a ricreare con successo il clima di colto intrattenimento di cui Händel seppe essere geniale interprete nella Roma di trecento anni fa.”
Mario Marcarini – Musica – Settembre 2007


“The Italian ensemble again deliver delectable performances at an unmatched level of thoughtful preparation, penetrating programming and artistic interpretation. La Risonanza play with spirited elegance. Fabio Bonizzoni nurtures performances that illustrate the rethorical power in Handel's music without ever over-egging the pudding: for instance, Galli's expression is more convincing than I have heard before, and the softly duelling violins are nothing short of perfection.”
David Vickers – Gramophone – October 2007



“Bonizzoni ofrece interpretaciones articuladas con agilidad y fraseadas con gusto y elegancia.”
Pablo J. Vayón – Scherzo


G.F. Händel, Le Cantate per il Cardinal Ottoboni
La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni
Raffaella Milanesi, soprano
Salvo Vitale, bass

[GCD 921523]

ffff Télérama
10 of Luister

“Fabio Bonizzoni et son équipe [...] savent evoquer une tempête sentimentale ou une intense déploration. Raffaella Milanesi et Salvo Vitale intègrent ce projet où rayonnent les chaudes couleurs de la Risonanza.”
Philippe Venturini – Le Monde de la Musique
 juillet-août 2008


“La soprano italienne Raffaella Milanesi s'ébroue dans ce répertoire haendélien en séduisante sirène. Inutile de lui résister.”
Gilles Macassar


“Top-flight performances and direction enrich Handel's dramatic Roman works. Fabio Bonizzoni ensures that the performances crackle with dramatic tension or plumb the depths of desolate melodic melancholy according to what Handel's music demands, but the most impressive aspect of these performances is the conductor's awareness of story-telling and judicious molding of the musical flow. This disc is further testament to the marvelous subtlety and richness of Handel's Roman music and contains Handel-singing, playing and direction of the absolute highest order.”
David Vickers – Gramophone – June 2008


G.F. Händel, Aminta e Fillide
La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni
Maria Grazia Schiavo, Nuria Rial, soprano

[GCD 921524]

Gramophone Magazine: Editor's Choice
Sunday Times: Classical CD of the Week

“The panel of judges also congratulates this year's close runner-up: Aminta e Fillide by La Risonanza, directed by Fabio Bonizzoni (Glossa). In any other year La Risonanza’s captivating performance of Handel's early Roman cantata might have comfortably won 1st prize, and the panel gives a special commendation to La Risonanza's lovingly prepared series of Handel's Italian cantatas with instruments.”
Judges Citation
The Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize
2009



“La Risonanza once again show that Handel’s youthful Italian compositions are breathtaking masterpieces of considerable refinement, subtlety and quality.”
David Vickers – Gramophone – December 2008


“...this must-have series remain eminently collectable, not only for the quality of Handel’s youthful music for his patrons on his grand tour of the Italian peninsula (1706-09), but for the flair and verve of the performances... Schiavo and Rial both have bright, agile voices, and sing the words with real bite. La Risonanza accompanies in immaculate style. ”
The Sunday Times – October 2008


“another collector’s item from Bonizzoni and his dazzling ensemble.”
Hugh Canning – Sunday Times – March 2009



G.F. Händel, Clori, Tirsi e Fileno
La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni
Roberta Invernizzi, Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, soprano
Romina Basso, alto

[GCD 921525]


STANLEY SADIE HANDEL RECORDING PRIZE 2010
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Toccara: CD des Monats
Diapason: 5 Diapasons
Radio BBC 3: CD of the week nel programma “CD Rewiew”, maggio 2009
A di Amadeus


STANLEY SADIE HANDEL RECORDING PRIZE
2010



We are delighted to award first prize to Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza and Glossa for their recording of Clori, Tirsi e Fileno. The cantata is performed rarely and has been recorded only twice before, but it is one of Handel’s most charming and accomplished Italian-period works. La Risonanza produces a delightful performance that presents all of the strengths and virtues we have come to associate with their recent explorations of Handel’s music. The orchestral playing is stylish, thoughtful and eloquent; the violin and lute obbligati are enchanting, and Bonizzoni’s well-paced direction from the harpsichord is exemplary. The three singers chosen for the parts of Clori, Tirsi and Fileno are superbly matched in taste and technical proficiency, but are also ideally different to enable clear and beguiling characterisation. La Risonanza and Bonizzoni are currently reaching towards the completion of their project to explore, perform and record all of Handel’s Italian cantate con stromenti – a fruitful collaboration with the Spanish early music label Glossa and several consultant musicologists. We hope that the critical and artistic success of their work encourages the artists and the label to continue exploring baroque vocal music.


“The performance here is one of smouldering sensuality. The verve of the director's gestures generates huge excitement, while the sharp contrast of colours between each singer's voice – the translucence of Roberta Invernizzi, lustre of Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, and darkness of Romina Basso – enriches the tapestry of sound. Vocalists match passion with gorgeous ornamentation. In short, this performance is a must-have, for Handel devotees in particular”
Berta Joncus – BBC Music Magazine – May 2009

“Bonizzoni has the admirable knack of conveying the strong rethorical elements in Handel's vivacious music, and the entire performance is beautifully executed with subtlety and charm”
Gramophone Magazine – June 2009


“Another collector’s item from Bonizzoni and his dazzling ensemble.”
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, March 2009


“fine group performances, perfectly attuned to that Arcadian dalliance between art and artifice of which Handel was absolute master.”
Graham Lock, Early Music Today, April/May 2009


“This is another essential disc from La Risonanza, whose project is shaping up to become the most rewarding Handelian discographic undertaking of the decade.”
David Vickers, Editor’s Choice, Gramophone, June 2009


"Appearing on Sunday at the York Early Music Festival, the French-based instrumental group, La Risonanza, continue their acclaimed series of Handel's Italian Cantatas, works that marked the beginning of his career. Clori, Tirsi e Fileno is a lyric rural story of love, inhabited by shepherds and shepherdesses, the period instruments of Risonanza magnifying its inherent beauty, while in Roberta Invernizzi they have a soprano soloist of rare elegance. The sound is superb and the whole disc a jewel among Baroque releases."
David Denton, Yorkshire Post, 10 July 2009


“La Risonanza show themselves totally at one with the style of this piece…A most inspiring and musical performance. I would recommend this disc unreservedly.”
Nicholas Johnson, Organists’ Review, August 2009


G.F. Händel
Olinto Pastore


Roberta Invernizzi, Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, soprano
Romina Basso, alto

[GCD 921526]


Gramophone Editor's Choice – March 2010
Sunday times: CD of the week – February 2010
Musica: 5 stelle – July-August 2010


“Bonizzoni's direction and the superb playing of La Risonanza are state-of-the-art Handel”
The Sunday Times - 7 February 2010



“The [sonata] features joyous playing from La Risonanza, and Fabio Bonizzoni's accompaniments for his three excellent singers are meticulously realised and crafted. La Risonanza's subtle and cultivated style produces a revelatory performance..”
Gramophone – March 2010


“All three singers are seductive [...]. In all three works the instrumental playing and intimate, luminous recording, approaches perfection. Outstanding Italian Händel, then, so much so that this writer is sad to hear that the series is almost at an end, with just one more volume to come. Here’s hoping they think again.”
Andrew McGregor  BBC Music, 16 February 2010


G.F. Händel, Apollo e Dafne

Roberta Invernizzi, soprano
Thomas Bauer, basso
Furio Zanasi, basso

[GCD 921527]

STANLEY SADIE HANDEL RECORDING PRIZE
2011


Gramophone – Recording of the Month
October 2010


“Every so often a series comes along where every issue is worthy of inclusion as an Editor’s Choice. More than that, it seems an injustice not to include it. This has certainly been the case with Bonizzoni’s scintillating Handel traversal. And, with the sense of drama that has been its hallmark, this last instalment may be the best yet. [...] Apollo e Dafne [...] is given, surely, as sublime a performance as any on disc. Usually at this point I would reel off a list of the soloists and their individual merits, but the overwhelming sense of this recording and that of the whole series is of a musical and dramatic collective – one in which the players are characterful soloists every bit as much as the singers and the vocalists are an integral part of the instrumental fabric. [...] There is a sense of glory in spontaneous music-making, just as there is beauty in every bar.”
David Vickers, Gramophone, October 2010


“The singers are fully up to the challenges. The instrumentalists of La Risonanza are a delight to match.”
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times, July 2010


J. B. Lully: Ballets and récits italiens

Emanuela Galli
Yetzabel Arias Fernandez
Stefanie True
soprani


[GCD 921509]


“An attractive disc for lovers of the byways of the high baroque”
The Sunday Times - 13th September 2009

"Lully's Ballets and récits italiens has received the highest possible votes in Sunday’s Radio program in P2: Five stars from each of four music-experts! Furthermore, this CD will be nominated as “The record of the Year 2010” by The Swedish Radio."




Awards
G.F. Händel
Apollo e Dafne


Roberta Invernizzi,
Thomas E. Bauer, Furio Zanasi
[GCD 921527]

STANLEY SADIE HANDEL RECORDING PRIZE
2011



G.F. Händel
Clori, Tirsi e Fileno


Roberta Invernizzi,
Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, sopranos
Romina Basso, alto
[GCD 921525]


STANLEY SADIE HANDEL RECORDING PRIZE
2010


Gramophone Editor's Choice
Toccara: CD des Monats
Diapason: 5 Diapasons
Radio BBC 3: CD of the week nel programma “CD Rewiew”,  2009  A di Amadeus




G.F. Händel
Le Cantate per il Cardinal Pamphili


Roberta Invernizzi, soprano
[GCD 921521]


STANLEY SADIE HANDEL RECORDING PRIZE
2007


Classical CD of the Week: The Sunday Times 
Recommended: Gramophone
Nominated: Edison Classical Music Award



Discography




Sigismondo d'India,
Arie e Lamenti
(Stradivarius, 1996)



Girolamo Frescobaldi,
Arie e Sonate
(Amadeus, Milano, 1997)



Johann Caspar Kerll,
Missa non sine quare
(Symphonia, 2000)

Choc - Monde de la Musique
eccezionale - CD Classica



Barbara Strozzi, Opera VIII (Glossa, 2001)



Giuseppe Sammartini, I concerti per organo
(Amadeus, 2001 & Glossa, dicembre 2002)



Luigi Rossi, Cantate a tre voci, (Stradivarius, aprile 2004)
Emanuela Galli soprano, Gloria Banditelli contralto,
Sergio Foresti basso



Franz Joseph Haydn, Concerti per organo
(Amadeus, luglio 2004)



G.F. Händel, Le Cantate per il Cardinal Pamphili,
vol. 1
(Glossa 2006),
Roberta Invernizzi, soprano

Prix Stanley Sadie Handel 2007



G.F. Händel, Le Cantate per il Marchese Ruspoli:
Armida Abbandonata ed altre, vol. 2
(Glossa 2007)
Emanuela Galli & Roberta Invernizzi, soprani

Times Classical CD of the week
Sunday Times Hugh Canning 5 stelle
Prelude Classical Music Awards 2008



G.F. Händel, Le Cantate per il Cardinal Ottoboni,
vol. 3
(Glossa 2007)
Raffaella Milanesi, soprano

ffff Télérama
10 di De Luister



G.F. Händel, Aminta e Fillide, vol. 4 (Glossa 2008)
Nuria Rial, Maria Grazia Schiavo
Gramophone Editor’s Choice, December 2008



G.F. Händel, Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, vol. 5 (Glossa 2009)
Roberta Invernizzi, Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, Romina Basso
Prix Stanley Sadie Handel 2010
Gramophone Editor’s Choice, June 2009



Jean-Baptiste Lully, Ballets & récits italiens (Glossa 2009)
Emanuela Galli, Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, Stefanie True



G.F. Händel, Olinto Pastore, vol. 6 (Glossa 2009)
Roberta Invernizzi, Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, Romina Basso

Gramophone Editor’s Choice, March 2010




G.F. Händel, Apollo e Dafne, vol. 7 (Glossa 2010)
Roberta Invernizzi, Thomas Bauer, Furio Zanasi

Gramophone Editor’s Choice, October 2010


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