Handel - Nine German Arias | Accent ACC24326

Handel - Nine German Arias

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Label: Accent

Cat No: ACC24326

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 16th June 2017

Contents

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Deutsche Arien (9) (9 German Arias), HWV202-210
Pieces (18) for a Musical Clock, HWV587-604
» A Voluntary or A Flight of Angels in C major, HWV600
» Air in C major, HWV597
» Gigue in C major, HWV589

Artists

Marie Friederike Schoder (soprano)
Batzdorfer Hofkapelle

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Deutsche Arien (9) (9 German Arias), HWV202-210
Pieces (18) for a Musical Clock, HWV587-604
» A Voluntary or A Flight of Angels in C major, HWV600
» Air in C major, HWV597
» Gigue in C major, HWV589

Artists

Marie Friederike Schoder (soprano)
Batzdorfer Hofkapelle

About

Handel wrote little for his native tongue, but what he did demonstrates a particular level of contemplative piety while still employing the familiar techniques of Italian opera.

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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