Handel: Complete Cantatas Vol. 1

Handel: Complete Cantatas Vol. 1
Composer Georg Frideric Handel
Artist Stefanie True soprano
Contrasto Armonico
Marco Vitale conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93999
EAN code 5028421939995
Release September 2009

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About this release

Handel’s cantatas represent an important but until recently little-known area of his work. Even now newly discovered works are found and performed to much excitement in the media and among lovers of Handel’s music. They were written during his time in Rome from 1707–8, and were intended for private use. They range from miniatures consisting of two arias, recitative and a basso continuo, to large-scale works with all the drama of his operas, complete with named characters, a plot and large orchestral forces. Marco Vitale will record the first ever complete cycle of these cantatas. He has returned both to Handel’s manuscripts, where they are extant, and to many of the intervening manuscripts. He has also taken decisions on the pitch of these recordings as a result of his research into the different tunings that were standard in Rome and Venice at the time of the works’ composition. This was showcased in his successful recording of Handel’s early Roman oratorio, La Resurrezione, which received a glowing review in Gramophone and many other specialist musical publications. Many of the cantatas have never been recorded before and this release is sure to generate considerable interest both in itself and as the first volume of a groundbreaking project.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2009.
- Extensive booklet notes and sung texts included.
- Already available on Brilliant Classics: La Resurrezione (BC93805), and Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (BC93665).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Introduzione Hautboy, violini unisoni, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord
  2. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Recitativo: Da quel giorno fatale Cello, harpsichord
  3. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Aria: Un pensiero voli in ciel Hautboy, violins I. II. III, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord
  4. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Recitativo: Ma fermati pensier Cello, harpsichord
  5. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Aria: Per te lasciai la luceCello, harpsichord
  6. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Recitativo: Non ti bastava ingrato Cello, harpsichord
  7. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Aria: Lascia omai le brune vele Recorder, violins I. II, cello, harpsichord
  8. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Recitativo: Ma siamo giunti in LeteCello, harpsichord
  9. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Entrée Hautboy, violins I. II. III, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord
  10. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Minuet e Arietta: In queste amene piagge serene Hautboy, violins I. II. III, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord
  11. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Recitativo: Sì disse Clori Cello, harpsichord
  12. Da quel giorno fatale (Delirio amoroso) HWV99: Minuet Hautboy, violins I. II. III, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord
  13. Ditemi, o piante HWV107: Recitativo: Ditemi, o piante
  14. Ditemi, o piante HWV107: Aria: Il candore tolse al giglio
  15. Ditemi, o piante HWV107: Recitativo: Ma la beltà del volto
  16. Ditemi, o piante HWV107: Aria: Per formar sì vaga e bella pastorella
  17. Care selve, aure grate HWV88: Recitativo: Care selve, aure grate
  18. Care selve, aure grate HWV88: Aria: Ridite a Clori
  19. Care selve, aure grate HWV88: Recitativo: Se cangiarsi potesse
  20. Care selve, aure grate HWV88: Aria: Non ha forza nel mio petto
  21. Allor ch’io dissi addio HWV80: Recitativo: Allor ch’io dissi addio
  22. Allor ch’io dissi addio HWV80: Aria: Son qual cerva ferita che fugge
  23. Allor ch’io dissi addio HWV80: Recitativo: Anzi se nacque il mio amoroso desio
  24. Allor ch’io dissi addio HWV80: Aria: Il dolce foco mio