Handel Cantate 02

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 — 1759)

Handel Cantate 02

Sonata in La minore op. 4 nr. 5 (Arcangelo Corelli)
Spande ancor a mio dispetto HWV 165
Dalla guerra amorosa HWV 102a
Sonata in La maggiore op. 4 nr. 3 (Arcangelo Corelli)
Nell’africane selve HWV 136a
Cuopre tal volta il cielo HWV 98

Mitchell Sandler, bass-baritone
Con­trasto Armon­ico
Marco Vitale, harp­si­chord and direction

ayros AY-HC02 (1-CD digipack) • EAN code: 5902768283020
Release year: 2015

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Handel’s cantatas represent an important musical repertoire that until recently has been little known. Consisting of about 100 separate works, most were written over a period of a few years for private performance in Italy.
They range from musical miniatures containing only two arias connected by recitative and accompanied by continuo (a bass line typically realized by cello and harpsichord) to larger works with named characters, a dramatic story, and rich instrumental forces. Telling more often than not about the pangs of love, these are intimate works, with texts frequently written by (and sometimes about) members of the privileged audience for which they were composed. A number of Handel’s cantatas have texts by one of his important Italian patrons, Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj.
The project of Marco Vitale to record all of Handel’s cantatas is thrilling. The continuo cantatas have never been recorded in full and many have never been recorded at all. Thus, this project will bring to life largely unknown music by one of the world’s greatest composers. Further, performance all the cantatas will place the larger, instrumental works in the musical context of their creation.
This project is the continuation of the ‘Handel Complete Cantatas’ series appeared recently on the market with four volumes issued. This is the second volume presented by the ayros recording label, as continuation of the series . This CD features the bass-baritone Mitchell Sandler, who worked in other CD productions of Contrasto Armonico (Aci, Galatea e Polifeo & La Resurrezione). The CDs contains also two trio-sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli.

Recorded in Austria, in 2014.

 

Handel Cantate 01

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 — 1759)

Handel Cantate 01

Notte placida e cheta HWV 142 • Qualor l’egre pupille HWV 152
Ne’ tuoi lumi o bella Clori HWV 133 • Armida abbandonata (Dietro l’orme fugaci) HWV 105
Lungi n’ando Fileno HWV 128

Roberta Mameli, soprano
Con­trasto Armon­ico
Marco Vitale, harp­si­chord and direction

ayros AY-HC01 (1-CD digipack) • EAN code: 05902768283006
Release date: May 2013

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Handel’s cantatas represent an important musical repertoire that until recently has been little known.  Consisting of about 100 separate works, most were written over a period of a few years for private performance in Italy.

They range from musical miniatures containing only two arias connected by recitative and accompanied by continuo (a bass line typically realized by cello and harpsichord) to larger works with named characters, a dramatic story, and rich instrumental forces.  Telling more often than not about the pangs of love, these are intimate works, with texts frequently written by (and sometimes about) members of the privileged audience for which they were composed.  A number of Handel’s cantatas have texts by one of his important Italian patrons, Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj.

The project of Marco Vitale to record all of Handel’s cantatas is thrilling. The continuo cantatas have never been recorded in full and many have never been recorded at all.  Thus, this project will bring to life largely unknown music by one of the world’s greatest composers.  Further, performance all the cantatas will place the larger, instrumental works in the musical context of their creation.

This project is the continuation of the ‘Handel Complete Cantatas’ series appeared recently on the market with four volumes issued. This is the first volume presented by the ayros recording label, as continuation of the series . This CD features the great soprano Roberta Mameli, an acclaimed specialist of the Handel repertoire and it includes the wonderful cantatas “Notte placida e cheta” and “Armida abbandonata”.

Recorded in Poland, April 2012.

 

Handel Complete Cantatas vol. 4

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 — 1759)

Handel Complete Cantatas vol. 4

Clori, mia bella Clori HWV 92 • Sans y penser HWV 155
Clori, vezzosa Clori HWV 95 • Pensieri notturni di Filli HWV 134
Lungi n’ando Fileno HWV 128

Ste­fanie True, Klaartje van Veldhoven, sopranos
Con­trasto Armon­ico
Marco Vitale, harp­si­chord and direction

Bril­liant Clas­sics 94257 (1-CD) • EAN code: 5028421942575
Release date: November 2011

 

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[p]The 4th volume of Brilliant Classics’ recordings of Handel’s complete cantatas, performed by Contrasto Armonico and directed by Marco Vitale, gathers together five works that vividly illustrate the composer’s skill at setting the words of his texts, creating hitherto unknown emotional depth and nuance from modest orchestral forces.[/p]

[p]The musical setting of Clori, mia bella Clori amply displays the genius that would establish Handel as the leading operatic composer of his day, using a range of different combinations of instruments to respond to the subject of each section of the text, from grief and weeping to passionate jealousy. Similarly, in both Pensieri notturni di Filli (Nel dolce dell’oblio) and Lungi n’andò Fileno Handel employs striking dissonance to create a musical counterpart to the despair and suffering of the texts. By contrast, Sans y penser, Handel’s only French cantata, is a comic work, closing with a humorous musical illustration of the singer’s tribute to drinking.[/p]

[p]Handel composed over 100 secular cantatas during his stay in Italy in the early 1700s. He had several patrons; among the most generous and supportive was the Marquis Francesco Maria Ruspoli, and most of the information on the works included on this disc comes from his records.[/p]

[p]These cantatas reveal the richness of the young composer’s compositional palette, and his ability to depict the content of his texts in such a way that the listener both hears and experiences the emotions of each work. As such, they are an important foreshadowing of his later career as a celebrated operatic composer.[/p]

 

Handel Complete Cantatas vol. 3

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 — 1759)

Handel Complete Cantatas vol. 3

Arresta il passo (Aminta e Fil­lide) HWV 83

Klaartje van Veld­hoven (Soprano, Aminta)
Ste­fanie True (Soprano, Fil­lide)

Con­trasto Armon­ico
Marco Vitale, harp­si­chord and direction

Bril­liant Clas­sics 94230 (1-CD) • EAN code: 5028421942308
Release date: August 2011

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[p]This dra­matic can­tata is one of the ear­li­est works com­posed for Handel’s Ital­ian patron Mar­quis Francesco Maria Rus­poli. It is thought that the first per­for­mance took place in 1707, around the same time as his La Res­ur­rezione. Han­del met Corelli, and had heard the music of Alessan­dro Scar­latti, and his com­po­si­tional skills had broad­ened con­sid­er­ably as a result.[/p]

[p]In addi­tion, his abil­ity at real­is­ing in his music the emo­tion behind the words, and of cre­at­ing fully rounded char­ac­ters (that would later dis­tin­guish him as one of the great­est opera com­posers) blos­somed. Although Han­del had huge orches­tral forces at his dis­posal in Italy, the scor­ing for this ten­der tale of a shep­herd who even­tu­ally wins the love of a nymph play­ing hard to get, is small and ideal for the drama that unfolds. This record­ing uses Handel’s orig­i­nal ver­sion of the score, con­sid­ered by Marco Vitale to be stronger than his revision.[/p]

[p]A unique and pres­ti­gious project: the com­plete can­tatas by Han­del. Vol­ume 3 offers the great, large-scale Ital­ian Can­tata Aminta & Fil­lide, writ­ten by the young Han­del in Rome, and telling the story of a shep­herd win­ning the love of a reluc­tant nymph. The per­for­mances of Con­trasto Armon­ico and Marco Vitale, bases on thor­ough sci­en­tific research and played on period instru­ments, are full of “Han­delian” drama and vir­tu­os­ity. The singers are absolutely won­der­ful, Stephanie True is one of the finest Baroque sopra­nos at present. Com­plete texts included, as well as liner notes writ­ten by Marco Vitale, explain­ing the back­ground, his­tory and sources of this won­der­ful music.[/p]

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

FANFARE fffff (Want List, November 2010)

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[p]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.[/p]

[p]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.[/p]

 

Handel Complete Cantatas vol. 1

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 — 1759)

Handel Complete Cantatas vol. 1

Delirio Amoroso HWV 99 • Ditemi o piante HWV107
Care selve, aure grate HWV88 • Allor ch’io dissi addio HWV80

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

Bril­liant Clas­sics 93999 (1-CD) • EAN code: 5028421939995
Release date: 1 Sep­tem­ber 2009



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[p]Handel’s can­tatas rep­re­sent an impor­tant musi­cal reper­toire that until recently has been lit­tle known.  Con­sist­ing of about 100 sep­a­rate works, most were writ­ten over a period of a few years for pri­vate per­for­mance in Italy.  They range from musi­cal minia­tures con­tain­ing only two arias con­nected by recita­tive and accom­pa­nied by con­tinuo (a bass line typ­i­cally real­ized by cello and harp­si­chord) to larger works with named char­ac­ters, a dra­matic story, and rich instru­men­tal forces.  Telling more often than not about the pangs of love, these are inti­mate works, with texts fre­quently writ­ten by (and some­times about) mem­bers of the priv­i­leged audi­ence for which they were com­posed.  A num­ber of Handel’s can­tatas have texts by one of his impor­tant Ital­ian patrons, Car­di­nal Benedetto Pamphilj.[/p]

[p]The project of Marco Vitale and Bril­liant Clas­sics to record all of Handel’s can­tatas is thrilling.  The con­tinuo can­tatas have never been recorded in full and many have never been recorded at all.  Thus, this project will bring to life largely unknown music by one of the world’s great­est com­posers.  Fur­ther, per­for­mance all the can­tatas will place the larger, instru­men­tal works in the musi­cal con­text of their creation.[/p]

[p]Vitale’s expe­ri­ence and musi­cian­ship are well-matched to this ambi­tious project, as can be heard in his recent record­ing for Bril­liant Clas­sics of Handel’s La res­ur­rezione, from the same period as the can­tatas.  In par­tic­u­lar, his deci­sion to use low Roman pitch and trans­pos­ing winds gives the music a warm, con­fi­den­tial quality—so appro­pri­ate to the inti­mate set­tings in which the works were written—without sac­ri­fic­ing its bril­liance (as one can hear in the per­for­mance of Delirio amoroso on this CD).  I look for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing with Marco Vitale on this project and rejoice that all of Handel’s can­tatas will finally be avail­able to mod­ern listeners.[/p]

Ellen T. Har­ris, Pro­fes­sor of Music, Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy

Author of Han­del as Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Cham­ber Cantatas