Handel: Cantatas & Sonatas

Handel: Cantatas & Sonatas
Composer George Frideric Handel
Artist Recondita Armonia Ensemble
Jorge Juan Morata tenor
Lixsania Fernández viola da gamba
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 95362
EAN code 5028421953625
Release August 2016

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This attractive album focuses on the young and prolific Handel during his years of residence in Italy, the most celebrated product of which is his setting of Dixit dominus from 1707. However, at the invitation of various aristocratic patrons in Rome and Florence around this time, he also composed many secular cantatas which have only in recent years received their due attention on record; not least thanks to Brilliant Classics, who have published four volumes of Italian cantatas with the Contrasto Armonico ensemble (BC93999, BC94000, BC94230 and BC94257).

This album from another historically informed Italian ensemble is not a rival but complement to them. Ah, che pur troppo è vero (HWV 77) was composed in Florence around 1707, and Care selve, aure grate (HWV 88) was written in Rome between 1707 and 1708. A final contribution to the genre, Dolc' è pur d'amor l'affanno (HWV 109b), was produced in London around 1718, by which time Handel was the toast of London. All the cantatas tell tales of love found and lost, with pining arias and sprightly recitative, already distinguished by the powerful match of melody to mood and superb understanding of the voice that would make Handel the opera composer of his age.

The cantatas are interleaved with two instrumental sonatas. The obbligato instrument in mind was originally an oboe (HWV 363a) and recorder (HWV 367a) but their parts are taken here by a viola da gamba. HWV 367 is the most sophisticated of Handel’s chamber sonatas and has long been a favourite of flautists, but is here lent an unusual, mellower character by the lower string instrument. HWV 363 is also in four movements, more dance-like in character, and concluding with an irrepressibly lively Bourrée.

During Handel’s stay in Italy he was greatly influenced by the great vocal tradition of that country. He wrote a substantial quantity of Italian Cantatas, mini operas for one or more solo voices and instrumental ensemble. They are on secular texts, often dealing with Arcadian tales and myths about love, usually unrequited, and the inevitable sorrow as a result. The Cantatas are perfect vehicles for the use of “affetti”, the art of expressing human emotions in musical phrases.
The three Cantatas on this new recording are for tenor solo, and are sung here with a fine feeling for the theatrical by young Spanish tenor Jorge Juan Morata.
The Ensemble Recondita Armonia plays period instruments, and excel in the two Sonatas which serve as an instrumental entr’acte between the three Cantatas.
The ensemble Recondita Armonia and Lixsania Fernandez already recorded to great critical acclaim viola da gamba sonatas by Schenck (BC94635).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Ah, che pur troppo è vero in D Minor, HWV 77: I. Recitative. Ah, che pur troppo è vero
  2. Ah, che pur troppo è vero in D Minor, HWV 77: II. Aria. Col partir la bella Clori
  3. Ah, che pur troppo è vero in D Minor, HWV 77: III. Recitative. In solitaria parte
  4. Ah, che pur troppo è vero in D Minor, HWV 77: IV. Aria. Care mura!
  5. Ah, che pur troppo è vero in D Minor, HWV 77: V. Recitative. Numi ingiusti spietati
  6. Ah, che pur troppo è vero in D Minor, HWV 77: VI. Aria. Da che perso ho la mia Clori
  7. Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: I. Largo
  8. Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: II. Vivace
  9. Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: III. Furioso
  10. Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: IV. Adagio
  11. Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: V. Alla breve
  12. Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: VI. Andante
  13. Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: VII. A tempo di menuet
  14. Dolce pur d´amor l´affanno, HWV 109: I. Aria. Dolce pur d´amor l´affanno
  15. Dolce pur d´amor l´affanno, HWV 109: II. Recitative. Il viver sempre in pene
  16. Dolce pur d´amor l´affanno, HWV 109: III. Aria. Se piú non t´amo non ti doler
  17. Sonata in F Major, HWV 363a: I. Adagio
  18. Sonata in F Major, HWV 363a: II. Allegro
  19. Sonata in F Major, HWV 363a: III. Adagio
  20. Sonata in F Major, HWV 363a: IV. Bourrée angloise
  21. Sonata in F Major, HWV 363a: V. Menuetto
  22. Care selve, aure grate in G Minor, HWV 88: I. Recitativo. Care selve, aure grate
  23. Care selve, aure grate in G Minor, HWV 88: II. Aria. Ridite a clori
  24. Care selve, aure grate in G Minor, HWV 88: III. Recitativo. Se cangiarsi potesse
  25. Care selve, aure grate in G Minor, HWV 88: IV. Aria. Non ha forza nel mio petto

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