Handel: Complete Cantatas Vol. 3

Handel: Complete Cantatas Vol. 3
Composer Georg Frideric Handel
Artist Stefanie True soprano
Klaartje van Veldhoven soprano
Contrasto Armonico
Marco Vitale conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94230
EAN code 5028421942308
Release August 2011

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- 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 linernotes written by Marco Vitale, explaining the background, history and sources of this wonderful music.

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. 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.

OTHER INFORMATION:
- Booklet note and sung text.
- Period practice performance.
- New recording made under the patronage of Princess Claudia Ruspoli, a descendant of Handel’s patron.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Ouverture/Recitativo Arresta il passo (Aminta)
  2. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Aria Fermati, non fuggir! (Aminta)
  3. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Recitativo Questa sol volta almeno (Aminta, Fillide)
  4. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Aria Fiamma bella (Fillide)
  5. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Recitativo Credi a miei detti (Fillide, Aminta)
  6. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Aria Forse che un giorno (Aminta)
  7. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Recitativo Invano, in van presumi (Fillide, Aminta)
  8. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Aria Fu scherzo, fu gioco (Fillide)
  9. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Recitativo Libero piè fugga dal laccio (Fillide, Aminta)
  10. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Aria Se vago rio (Aminta)
  11. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Recitativo D’un incognito foco (Fillide)
  12. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Aria Sento che il Dio bambin (Fillide)
  13. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Recitativo Felicissimo punto (Aminta)
  14. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Aria Al dispetto di sorte crudele (Aminta)
  15. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Recitativo Vincesti Aminta (Fillide)
  16. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Aria È un foco, quel d’amore (Fillide)
  17. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Recitativo Gloria bella di Aminta (Aminta, Fillide)
  18. Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo), HWV 83: Duo Per abbatter il rigore (Aminta, Fillide)