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Handel: Solo Cantatas, Arias / Kowalski, Max, Kohler, Arman, Et Al


Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Phoenix Edition   Catalog #: 404   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Jochen KowalskiVeronika WinterAxel KöhlerBalázs Maté,   ... 
Conductor:  Hermann MaxHoward Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music BerlinDas Kleine KonzertHalle Handel Festival Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



HANDEL Solo Cantatas and Opera Arias Hermann Max, cond; 1 Howard Arman, cond; 2 Veronika Winter (sop); 3 Jochen Kowalski (ct); 4 Axel Köhler (ct); 5 Christine Schornsheim (clvd); 9 Siegfried Pank (vdg); 9 Read more class="ARIAL12"> Karl-Heinz Passin (fl); 10 Christoph Huntgeburth (fl); 11 Anne Schumann (vn); 11 Balász Máté (vc); 11 Raphael Alpermann (hpd); 11 Academy for Ancient Music Berlin; 6 Das Kleine Konzert; 7 Handel Festival O Halle; 8 (period instruments) PHOENIX EDITION 404 (3 CDs: 174:51 & no translation)


Dietro l’orme fugaci: Armida abbandonata. 1,3,7 Dolce pur d’amor l’affanno. 4,9 Figli del mesto cor. 4,9 Fra pensieri quel pensiero. 5,11 Mi palpita il cor. 4,9,10 Splende l’alba in oriente. 4,6 Un’ alma innamorata. 1,3,7 Vedendo Amor. 4,9 Venne volgia ad Amore. 5,11 Admeto: Overture; 2,8 Introduzione; 2,8 Orride larve . . . Chiudetevi, miei lumi; 2,5,8 Sinfonia. 2,8 Alcina: Gavotte-Sarabande; Menuet-Gavotte. 2,8 Flavio: Amor, nel mio penar; Rompo i lacci. 2,5,8 Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Va tacito e nascosto. 2,5,8 Orlando: Fammi combattere; Cielo! Se tu il consenti. 2,5,8 Radamisto: Passacaille; Giga. 2,8 Rinaldo: Venti, turbine, prestate. 2,5,8 Rodelinda: Pompe vane di morte! . . . Dove sei, amato bene? 2,5,8 Flute Sonata in b, HWV 367a 11


This set of cantatas and operatic excerpts brings together at an attractive price three discs previously issued by Capriccio. Two of the discs are still currently available.


Handel’s cantatas can be divided into two groups, those accompanied by continuo and those that add one or more obbligato instruments or a full orchestra. On disc 1, Jochen Kowalski sings five cantatas, one orchestral and four continuo. Kowalski has an attractive countertenor voice, not hooty or hollow sounding. He is adept at coloratura, and his voice is strong throughout its range, aside from a couple of high notes. He does not display much emotional range, but the cantatas he chose are not particularly dramatic and thus do not require it. Tasteful ornaments are added to da capo s. The accompaniments are good. The orchestral cantata, Splende l’alba in oriente , is only available in one other currently available performance, by Gerard Lèsne on Virgin, a recording I have not heard. Mi palpita il cor has been recorded frequently. Of the eight recordings of the alto version, a recording by Paul Esswood on Hungaroton has long been my favorite, but it is out of print. Andreas Scholl on Harmonia Mundi and Gèrard Lesne on Virgin, neither heard by me, have been praised in Fanfare reviews. Figli del mesto cor and Dolce pur d’amore l’affanno are available on an equally well-sung Centaur recording by Jeffrey Gall. Vedendo amor , previously available on an excellent recording by Henri Ledroit on FY of six continuo cantatas (not currently available), can be had on the Scholl Harmonia Mundi disc mentioned above.


Disc 2 is shared by countertenor Axel Köhler and soprano Veronika Winter. Köhler contributes two continuo cantatas. He has virtues similar to Kowalski: attractiveness of voice, adeptness at coloratura, evenness of range. His cantatas also are not particularly dramatic and don’t call for great emotional range. He, too, adds tasteful ornaments to the da capo arias. One cantata, Venne volgia ad Amore , is not otherwise available (it is, in fact, new to me). Fra pensieri quel pensiero has only one current competitor, Patrice Djerejian on MSR, which I have not heard; Bernard Jacobson in Fanfare 27:4 admired the singing but not the accompaniments.


Veronika Winter chooses two orchestral cantatas that have been recorded many times. Winter sings with the severe white tone, completely lacking in vibrato, that some people apparently like but that I find lacks emotion and can be quite displeasing. In Un’ alma innamorata she has formidable competition. Emanuela Galli on Glossa is much more pleasant to listen to and more dramatic in delivery. In Armida abbandonata , the competition is more formidable still. Winter’s singing here is rather generic, not particularly responsive to the highly emotional text. Best of the competition are Janet Baker on EMI and Veronique Gens on Virgin.


Disc 3 is devoted to opera arias and orchestral excerpts. Köhler here displays the same virtues he brought to the cantata performances, but he is not always given an opportunity to attempt to portray a character. Howard Arman is best in the orchestral excerpts. In the arias, he is sometimes guilty of excessive speed, where largo becomes andante and allegro is transmuted into presto . This is especially true of the two arias from Orlando , which are so fast that Köhler has to engage in a mad scramble just to keep up. Other arias are not marred to this extent, but, in general, they are all too fast.


Handel’s continuo cantatas have been relatively ignored by the recording companies. Most remain unrecorded, waiting for the efforts of an enterprising company (Naxos? cpo?). Phoenix does a disservice by not including English translations of the texts. (Translations of the continuo cantata texts can be found in Handel as Orpheus by Ellen Harris.) The notes are also quite skimpy. Considering the attractive price and the few alternative performances of many of these cantatas, there is value in obtaining this collection.


FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

1.
Splende l'alba in oriente, HWV 166 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Jochen Kowalski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
2.
Figli del mesto cor, HWV 112 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Jochen Kowalski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1709; Italy 
3.
Dolce pur d'amor l'affanno, HWV 109a by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Veronika Winter (Soprano), Axel Köhler (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Kleine Konzert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1709; Italy 
4.
Mi palpita il cor, HWV 132c by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Axel Köhler (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
5.
Vedendo amor, HWV 175 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Axel Köhler (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1707-1710; Italy 
6.
Un alma innamorata, HWV 173 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Veronika Winter (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Kleine Konzert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707 
7.
Dietro l'orme fuggaci, HWV 105 "Armida abbandonata" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Veronika Winter (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Kleine Konzert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Italy 
8.
Admeto, Rč di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
9.
Admeto, Rč di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Introduction by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
Admeto, Rč di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Orride larve...Chiudetevi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11.
Admeto, Rč di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
12.
Orlando, HWV 31: Fammi combattere by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
13.
Orlando, HWV 31: Cielo! Se il tuo consenti by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
14.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Pompe vane di morte!...Dove sei, amato... by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
15.
Alcina, HWV 34: Gavotte - Sarabande by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
16.
Alcina, HWV 34: Menuet - Gavotte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
17.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Venti, turbini by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
18.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Va tacito e nascosto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
19.
Radamisto, HWV 12a: Passacaille by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1720; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
20.
Radamisto, HWV 12a: Giga by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1720; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
21.
Flavio, Rč di Longobardi, HWV 16: Amor, nel mio penar by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
22.
Flavio, Rč di Longobardi, HWV 16: Rompo i lacci by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
23.
Venne voglia ad amore, HWV 176 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
24.
Fra pensieri quel pensiero, HWV 115 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Anne Schumann (Violin), Balázs Maté (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
25.
Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in D minor, HWV 367a/Op. 1 no 9 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1726-1732; London, England 

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