Handel Complete Cantatas vol. 2

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 — 1759)

Handel Complete Cantatas vol. 2

Un’alma innamorata HWV 173 • O lucenti o sereni occhi HWV 144
Del bell’idolo mio HWV 104 • Aure soavi e liete HWV 84
Tra le fiamme (Il con­siglio) HWV 170

Ste­fanie True, soprano
Con­trasto Armon­ico
Marco Vitale, harp­si­chord and direction

Bril­liant Clas­sics 94000 (1-CD) • EAN code: 5028421940007
Release date: December 2009

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Release Sheet

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.

This CD con­tains the remark­able ‘Tra le fiamme’, writ­ten for Car­di­nal Pam­philj, who pro­vided the text. The story con­cerns a young man who’s heart is play­ing for amuse­ment and affec­tion ‘in the flames’, but is being deceived by ‘charm and beauty’. He con­sid­ers the fact that very few peo­ple escape the flames of love safely, and with­out being hurt. The story then turns to the exam­ple of Daedalus and his son Icarus, and how man sel­dom learns from history.