Handel in Italy: Cantatas, Arias, Serenata | Brilliant Classics 95496BR

Handel in Italy: Cantatas, Arias, Serenata

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95496BR

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 14

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th August 2017

Contents

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV72
Amor gioie mi porge, HWV180
Cantata HWV77, 'Ah, che pur troppo e vero'
Cantata HWV80 'Allor ch'io dissi'
Cantata HWV82 'Amarilli Vezzosa'
Cantata HWV83, 'Aminta e Fillide' (Arresta il passo)
Cantata HWV84 'Aure soavi e liete'
Cantata HWV88 'Care selve, aure grate'
Cantata HWV90 'Chi rapi la pace al core'
Cantata HWV92, 'Clori, mia bella Clori'
Cantata HWV99 'Il delirio amoroso'
Cantata HWV105, 'Armida abbandonata'
Cantata HWV107 'Ditemi, o piante'
Cantata HWV108 'Dolce mio ben, s'io taccio'
Cantata HWV109 'Dolc'e pur d'amor l'affanno'
Cantata HWV110, 'Agrippina condotta a morire'
Cantata HWV112 'Figli del mesto cor'
Cantata HWV113 'Figlio d'alte speranze'
Cantata HWV122, 'Apollo e Dafne'
Cantata HWV128 'Lungi n'ando Fileno'
Cantata HWV132c 'Mi palpita il cor'
Cantata HWV134 'Pensieri notturni di Filli' (Nel dolce dell'oblio)
Cantata HWV142 'Notte placida e cheta'
Cantata HWV144 'O lucenti, o sereni occhi'
Cantata HWV147 'Parti, l'idolo mio'
Cantata HWV150, 'Ero e Leandro'
Cantata HWV155 'Sans y penser' (Cantate francaise)
Cantata HWV164a 'Il Gelsomino'
Cantata HWV166 'Splende l'alba in oriente'
Cantata HWV168 'Stelle, perfide stelle'
Cantata HWV170 'Tra le fiamme'
Cantata HWV173, 'Un' alma inamorata'
Cantata HWV175 'Vedendo amor'
Cantata HWV179 'Ahi, nelle sorti umane'
Caro autor di mia doglia, HWV183
Crudel tiranno Amor, HWV97
La caduta di Icaro (cantata) (attrib. Handel)
Mira Lilla gentile (cantata)
No, di voi non vo fidarmi, HWV189
Quel fior che all'alba ride, HWV192
Sonata in B minor, op.1 no.9 HWV367a
Sonata in F major, HWV363a
The Alchemist, HWV43
Va, va, speme infida, pur, HWV199

Artists

Stefanie True
Klaartje van Veldhoven
Luciana Mancini
Mitchell Sandler
Valentina Varriale
Tom Sol
Nicola Wemyss
Michael Borgstede
Jorge Juan Morata
Lixsania Fernandez
Anna Korondi
Maria Zadori
Ralf Popken
Veronika Winter
Jochen Kowalski
Gemma Bertagnolli
Susanne Ryden
Contrasto Armonico
Musica Perduta
Musica ad Rhenum
Recondita Armonia Ensemble
Capella Savaria
Concerto Armonico
Das kleine Konzert
Akademie fur alte Musik
Berlin Harmonices Mundi

Conductors

Marco Vitake
Renato Crisculo
Jed Wentz
Pal Nemeth
Peter Szuts
Miklos Spanyi
Hermann Max
Claudio Astronio

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV72
Amor gioie mi porge, HWV180
Cantata HWV77, 'Ah, che pur troppo e vero'
Cantata HWV80 'Allor ch'io dissi'
Cantata HWV82 'Amarilli Vezzosa'
Cantata HWV83, 'Aminta e Fillide' (Arresta il passo)
Cantata HWV84 'Aure soavi e liete'
Cantata HWV88 'Care selve, aure grate'
Cantata HWV90 'Chi rapi la pace al core'
Cantata HWV92, 'Clori, mia bella Clori'
Cantata HWV99 'Il delirio amoroso'
Cantata HWV105, 'Armida abbandonata'
Cantata HWV107 'Ditemi, o piante'
Cantata HWV108 'Dolce mio ben, s'io taccio'
Cantata HWV109 'Dolc'e pur d'amor l'affanno'
Cantata HWV110, 'Agrippina condotta a morire'
Cantata HWV112 'Figli del mesto cor'
Cantata HWV113 'Figlio d'alte speranze'
Cantata HWV122, 'Apollo e Dafne'
Cantata HWV128 'Lungi n'ando Fileno'
Cantata HWV132c 'Mi palpita il cor'
Cantata HWV134 'Pensieri notturni di Filli' (Nel dolce dell'oblio)
Cantata HWV142 'Notte placida e cheta'
Cantata HWV144 'O lucenti, o sereni occhi'
Cantata HWV147 'Parti, l'idolo mio'
Cantata HWV150, 'Ero e Leandro'
Cantata HWV155 'Sans y penser' (Cantate francaise)
Cantata HWV164a 'Il Gelsomino'
Cantata HWV166 'Splende l'alba in oriente'
Cantata HWV168 'Stelle, perfide stelle'
Cantata HWV170 'Tra le fiamme'
Cantata HWV173, 'Un' alma inamorata'
Cantata HWV175 'Vedendo amor'
Cantata HWV179 'Ahi, nelle sorti umane'
Caro autor di mia doglia, HWV183
Crudel tiranno Amor, HWV97
La caduta di Icaro (cantata) (attrib. Handel)
Mira Lilla gentile (cantata)
No, di voi non vo fidarmi, HWV189
Quel fior che all'alba ride, HWV192
Sonata in B minor, op.1 no.9 HWV367a
Sonata in F major, HWV363a
The Alchemist, HWV43
Va, va, speme infida, pur, HWV199

Artists

Stefanie True
Klaartje van Veldhoven
Luciana Mancini
Mitchell Sandler
Valentina Varriale
Tom Sol
Nicola Wemyss
Michael Borgstede
Jorge Juan Morata
Lixsania Fernandez
Anna Korondi
Maria Zadori
Ralf Popken
Veronika Winter
Jochen Kowalski
Gemma Bertagnolli
Susanne Ryden
Contrasto Armonico
Musica Perduta
Musica ad Rhenum
Recondita Armonia Ensemble
Capella Savaria
Concerto Armonico
Das kleine Konzert
Akademie fur alte Musik
Berlin Harmonices Mundi

Conductors

Marco Vitake
Renato Crisculo
Jed Wentz
Pal Nemeth
Peter Szuts
Miklos Spanyi
Hermann Max
Claudio Astronio

About

This 14-CD set showcases works from Handel's short but astonishingly productive time in Italy in his twenties, just before he settled in London. His travels around the country provided him with the opportunity to meet a number of influential contemporaries, and the results of this compositional flourishing are wide-ranging, from opera via instrumental music to secular cantatas. This release focuses particularly on the latter, affording the listener a fascinating glimpse into the first appearance of many melodic ideas which would later resurface in Handel's mature dramatic works.

Indeed, listeners might well feel as though they are listening to scenes from operas cantatas were a means, at the time, of circumventing the ban on opera in Rome. The familiar theme of the joys and sorrows of love pervades much of the music, but the pieces are richly varied, particularly in their scoring: we hear flutes, recorders, oboes, bassoons, trumpets and the full contingent of strings, including viola da gamba, in numerous different combinations. Often, the orchestral forces for a particular piece are modest, but the emotional depth that Handel draws out is always striking.

A high-calibre, international roster of soloists and ensembles performs the works, with many of the compositions for soprano sung by Stefanie True, whose "vocal agility, accurate intonation and stylish ornamentation are spot-on in this repertoire" (Music Web International). Meanwhile, early music specialists Contrasto Armonico bring "soft and warm sonorities" to the set (Gramophone).

Apart from the cantatas, the set includes a selection of Italian duets, and the serenata Aci, Galatea e Polifemo.

Excellent performances in historically informed performance practice, by Contrasto Armonico, Musica Perduta and specialist vocal soloists.

Recorded between 1988 and 2014

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