Xavier Sabata - Handel: Bad Guys (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 53:02 minutes | 999 MBStudio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet
This ranks among the most intelligent and striking recital discs of recent years. Spanish counter-tenor Xavier Sabata,, along with the Italian ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro - conducted by Riccardo Minasi, explores the worlds of Handel's villains – the tyrants, hypocrites and sensualists who are integral to his dramatic and moral vision, but whose music is rarely heard outside of the theatre. The album reminds us that Handel characterises evil with the same complexity and insight with which he depicts good; and it forms a superb showcase for an exceptional singer, who's never received the attention he deserves.