Handel: Complete Cantatas Vol. 2

Handel: Complete Cantatas Vol. 2
Composer Georg Frideric Handel
Artist Contrasto Armonico
Marco Vitale conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94000
EAN code 5028421940007
Release November 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. 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.

Other information:
- Marco Vitale will record the first ever cycle of all Handel’s cantatas, many never having been recorded before.
- A great followup to Volume 1 of this series (BC93999).
- Scholarly booklet notes included with sung texts and translation.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Un’alma innamorata, HWV173: Recitativo. Un’alma innamorata
  2. Un’alma innamorata, HWV173: aria. Quel povero core
  3. Un’alma innamorata, HWV173: Recitativo. E pur benché egli veda
  4. Un’alma innamorata, HWV173: aria. Io godo, rido e spero
  5. Un’alma innamorata, HWV173: Recitativo. In quanto a me
  6. Un’alma innamorata, HWV173: aria. Ben impari come s’ama
  7. O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV144: Recitativo. O lucenti, o sereni occhi
  8. O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV144: aria. Per voi languisco e moro
  9. O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV144: Recitativo. Messaggiero verace
  10. O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV144: aria. In voi, pupille ardenti
  11. O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV144: Recitativo. Del bell’idolo mio
  12. O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV144: aria. Formidabil gondoliero
  13. O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV144: Recitativo. Ma se non la rinvengo
  14. O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV144: aria. Piangerò
  15. O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV144: Recitativo. Fra quell’orride soglie
  16. O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV144: aria. Su rendetemi colei
  17. Aure soavi e liete, HWV84: Recitativo. Aure soavi e liete
  18. Aure soavi e liete, HWV84: aria. Care luci
  19. Aure soavi e liete, HWV84: Recitativo. Pietà, Clori, pietà
  20. Aure soavi e liete, HWV84: aria. Un’aura flebile
  21. Tra le fiamme, HWV170: aria. Tra le fiamme
  22. Tra le fiamme, HWV170: Recitativo. Dedalo già
  23. Tra le fiamme, HWV170: aria. Pien di nuovo e bel diletto
  24. Tra le fiamme, HWV170: Recitativo. Sì, sì, purtroppo è vero
  25. Tra le fiamme, HWV170: aria. Voli per l’aria
  26. Tra le fiamme, HWV170: Recitativo. L’uomo che nacque per salire al cielo
  27. Tra le fiamme, HWV170: aria. Tra le fiamme