Handel: Complete Cantatas Vol. 4

Handel: Complete Cantatas Vol. 4
Composer Georg Frideric Handel
Artist Contrasto Armonico
Marco Vitale conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94257
EAN code 5028421942575
Release December 2011

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Other information:
- Other titles in the series: Vol.1 (93999), Vol.2 (94000) & Vol.3 (94230)
- Accompanied by a 20-page booklet with notes on each of the cantatas and complete sung texts and translations
- The high level of performance (on historic instruments) and presentation
- Recordings made in 2010

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Recitativo: Clori, mia bella Clori
  2. Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Aria: Chiari lumi
  3. Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Recitativo: Temo ma pure io spero
  4. Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Aria: Ne’ gigli e nelle rose
  5. Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Recitativo: Non è però che non molesta e grave
  6. Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Aria: Mie pupille
  7. Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Recitativo: Tu nobil alma
  8. Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Aria: Di gelosia il timore
  9. Sans y penser (Cantate française), HWV 155: Chanson: Sans y penser (Silvie)
  10. Sans y penser (Cantate française), HWV 155: Récitatif : S’il ne falloit que bien aimer pour attendrir (Tirsis)
  11. Sans y penser (Cantate française), HWV 155: Air: Petite fleur brunette (Tirsis)
  12. Sans y penser (Cantate française), HWV 155: Récitatif: Vous, qui m’aviez procuré une amour éternelle (Tirsis)
  13. Sans y penser (Cantate française), HWV 155: Air : Nos plaisirs seront peudurables (Silvie)
  14. Sans y penser (Cantate française), HWV 155: Récitatif: Vous ne sauriez flatter ma peine (Silvie)
  15. Sans y penser (Cantate française), HWV 155: Air : Non, non, je ne puis plus souffrir (Tirsis)
  16. Clori, vezzosa Clori, HWV 95: Recitativo: Clori, vezzosa Clori
  17. Clori, vezzosa Clori, HWV 95: Aria: Il bosco, il prato, il rio
  18. Clori, vezzosa Clori, HWV 95: Recitativo: Se l’usignol canoro
  19. Clori, vezzosa Clori, HWV 95: Aria: Non è possibile o Clori amabile
  20. Pensieri notturni di Filli (Nel dolce dell’oblio) HWV 134: Recitativo: Nel dolce dell’oblio
  21. Pensieri notturni di Filli (Nel dolce dell’oblio) HWV 134: Aria: Giacché il sonno a lei dipinge
  22. Pensieri notturni di Filli (Nel dolce dell’oblio) HWV 134: Recitativo: Così fida ella vive
  23. Pensieri notturni di Filli (Nel dolce dell’oblio) HWV 134: Aria: Ha l’inganno il suo diletto
  24. Lungi n’andò Fileno, HWV 128: Recitativo: Lungi, lungi n’andò Fileno
  25. Lungi n’andò Fileno, HWV 128: Aria: Si piangete, o mie pupille
  26. Lungi n’andò Fileno, HWV 128: Recitativo: Ahi! M’inganno, infelice
  27. Lungi n’andò Fileno, HWV 128: Aria: Dunque se il tanto piangere