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Experience a side of Handel that's rarely heard these days: exquisitely refined vocal and instrumental chamber music, including three cantatas from his early years in Italy. On The Virtuoso Handel, you'll encounter the type of intimate music making that small, privileged audiences of discerning connoisseurs enjoyed during Handel's sojourn in Rome from 1706 to 1709.
Italy at the start of the 18th century was obsessed with singing. It is in this vocally-infused spirit that The Virtuoso Handel was conceived.
The Chicago Baroque Ensemble and soprano Patrice Michaels previously collaborated on Cedille's acclaimed A Vivaldi Concert ("A stellar level of artistry." - Cleveland Plain Dealer) and The World of Lully ("All this virtuosity invites repeated listening." - Early Music America). Here they perform secular cantatas on themes of romantic love, history, and mythology, including the dramatic and harrowing La Lucrezia. These challenging pieces showcase Ms. Michaels' silvery voice, lively interpretations, and exceptional mastery of florid Baroque passagework and ornamentation.
Also included are instrumental arrangements of arias from three of Handel's Italian operas: two for flute and strings, with irresistible "coloratura" playing on the transverse flute, and one for solo harpsichord. Completing the program is a charming Sonata in C Major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, which casts both players in virtuoso roles.
[A] delightful collection of vocal and instrumental chamber music. -- Cleveland Plain DealerSee all Editorial Reviews
|1. Non saria poco|
|2. Un' alma innamorata: Un' alma innamorata|
|3. Un' alma innamorata: Quel povero core|
|4. Un' alma innamorata: E pur benche egli veda|
|5. Un' alma innamorata: lo godo, rido e spero|
|6. Un' alma innamorata: In quanto a me ritrovo|
|7. Un' alma innamorata: Ben impari come se ama|
|8. Sventurato godi, o core abbandonato|
|9. Chi rapi la pace al core?: Chi rapi la pace al core?|
|10. Chi rapi la pace al core?: Figlio d'un fabbro, e amore|
|11. Chi rapi la pace al core?: Pupilla lucente|
|12. Sonata in C for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord: Adagio|
|13. Sonata in C for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord: Allegro|
|14. Sonata in C for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord: Adagio|
|15. Sonata in C for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord: Allegro|
|16. La Lucrezia: O Numi eterni!|
|17. La Lucrezia: Gia superbo del mio affanno|
|18. La Lucrezia: Ma voi forse nel Cielo|
|19. La Lucrezia: Il suol che preme|
|20. La Lucrezia: Ah! che ancor nel abisso|
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