Handel - Nine German Arias
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Cat No: ACC24326
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 16th June 2017
WorksDeutsche Arien (9) (9 German Arias), HWV202-210
Pieces (18) for a Musical Clock, HWV587-604
ArtistsMarie Friederike Schoder (soprano)
Praise for the beauty of nature and eternal life are the subjects of the sacred poems by his contemporary Barthold Heinrich Brockes which Handel set to music in his Nine German Arias. Each aria celebrates an aspect of nature, from the beauty of a flaming rose to the sweetness of silence, with extraordinary tenderness and sincerity. In these nine pieces for soprano and a small group of instruments, to be chosen at will, Handel drew often on music from his own operas, albeit with the voice part in the German arias adapted to be less virtuosic and more deeply expressive. The musical relationships with Handel’s opera arias are evident in the ingenuity of his characterisation and the expressive, articulate melodies with which the soprano and the violin obbligato create their vivid images.
The young German soprano Marie Friederike Schöder is accompanied in her beautiful interpretation of the arias by the specialist ensemble Batzdorfer Hofkapelle.
“Marie Friederike Schöder negotiates her vocal tightrope with enviable aplomb … she is ably partnered by the faultlessly breath-controlled oboe of Xenia Löffler… Batzdorfer Hofkapelle are to be very warmly commended for this fine picture of the young Handel!” - Early Music Review, February 2015
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