Handel in Italy: Solo Cantatas
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Cat No: BISSACD1695
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th July 2008
WorksCantata HWV110, 'Agrippina condotta a morire'
Cantata HWV113 'Figlio d'alte speranze'
Cantata HWV142 'Notte placida e cheta'
Cantata HWV173, 'Un' alma inamorata'
Concerto a quattro in D minor
ArtistsEmma Kirkby (soprano)
The four cantatas on this disc feature the standard combination for such works: soprano, two violins and basso continuo. Thematically, they can be grouped in pairs: Notte placida e cheta (Calm and Placid Night) and Un’ alma innamorata (A Soul in Love) tell of unhappy love and contain elements from Classical mythology against a pastoral backdrop. By contrast, Figlio d’alte speranze (Son of High Hopes) and Agrippina condotta a morire (Agrippina Led to Her Death) tell tales of the use and abuse of power.
This exciting programme is presented by Emma Kirkby and London Baroque, household names in the sphere of ‘early music’ and beyond, and certainly no new-comers to the works of Handel. Indeed, when they last joined forces in a Handel programme (BIS-CD-1065) the website MusicWeb International called the performances ones that ‘make one wish that all Handel music making could be of this order’, while the reviewer in BBC Music Magazine wrote ‘I've seldom been as moved by a recording, both music and performance’.
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