Notes and Editorial Reviews
9 German Arias. Trio Sonatas: in F,
Tempesta di Mare C Players; Julianne Baird (sop)
CHANDOS 743 (69:14
Text and Translation)
Handel’s group of nine German arias, composed in London in the mid 1720s, is unique in his vocal output. They are not big display pieces, and they are not excerpts from operas or oratorios. In fact, we don’t know much about the purpose
behind their composition. Catriona MacLeod’s excellent notes make a good case for these having been written for private in-home performances, like the trio sonatas with which Chandos fills out this disc. These are significantly more intimate and inward-looking arias than much of Handel’s vocal writing, reflective in nature—and also chamber-like in the musical relationships between voice and instruments.
This is a lovely recording of this group of arias, but it has stiff competition. On Harmonia Mundi 901689, the great German lyric soprano Dorothea Röschmann recorded these with the Academy of Ancient Music of Berlin, and I find that disc preferable. Röschmann has a liquid beauty in her voice and a warmth of personality that makes you feel as if she is singing each song just to you. Her tone positively glows, and she manages a wide range of color while remaining inside the confines of acceptable Baroque performance style. Baird is very fine here, but with somewhat less varied inflection and tone color, and a voice that is perhaps just a bit less distinguished than Röschmann.
The Harmonia Mundi disc is filled out with Telemann Flute Quartets, which are no more or less appropriate than the Handel trio sonatas here, and the Berlin musicians are the equal of the spirited Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players from Philadelphia. Chandos provides complete texts and translations, wonderfully warm and natural recorded sound, and, as indicated, superb notes. While I slightly prefer the Röschmann version of these arias, this is a delightful and satisfying disc on its own terms.
FANFARE: Henry Fogel
Works on This Recording
Trio Sonata for Flute/Recorder/Violin, Violin and Basso Continuo in F major, HWV 389/Op 2 no 4 (5) by George Frideric Handel
Tempesta di Mare
Written: circa 1718-1722; London, England
Length: 10 Minutes 48 Secs.
German Arias (9) by George Frideric Handel
Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Tempesta di Mare
Written: 1724-1727; London, England
Length: 47 Minutes 2 Secs.
Trio Sonata for Flute/Violin, Violin and Basso Continuo in B minor, HWV 386b/Op 2 no 1(b) by George Frideric Handel
Tempesta di Mare
Written: by 1727; London, England
Length: 9 Minutes 56 Secs.
Das zitternde Glanzen der spielenden Wellen (The Sparkling and Shining of the Waves at Play), HWV 203
Kunft'ger Zeiten eitler Kummer (No Vain Concern for Times to Come), HWV 202
Meine Seele hort im Sehen (My Soul Hears in Seeing), HWV 207
Trio Sonata in F major, Op. 2, No. 4, HWV 389: I. Larghetto
Trio Sonata in F major, Op. 2, No. 4, HWV 389: II. Allegro
Trio Sonata in F major, Op. 2, No. 4, HWV 389: III. Adagio
Trio Sonata in F major, Op. 2, No. 4, HWV 389: IV. Allegro
Trio Sonata in F major, Op. 2, No. 4, HWV 389: V. Allegro
Susser blumen ambraflocken (Sweet Blooms with your Amber Petals), HWV 204
Die ihr aus dunkeln Gruften (O All who Dig vain Mammon / from dark caverns), HWV 208
In den angenehmen Buschen (In These Delightful Groves), HWV 209
Trio Sonata in B minor, Op. 2, No. 1, HWV 386b: I. Andante
Trio Sonata in B minor, Op. 2, No. 1, HWV 386b: II. Allegro ma non troppo
Trio Sonata in B minor, Op. 2, No. 1, HWV 386b: III. Largo
Trio Sonata in B minor, Op. 2, No. 1, HWV 386b: IV. Allegro
Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden (Flaming Rose, Earth's Adornment), HWV 210
Singe, Seele, Gott zum preise (Sing, O my Soul, Sing in Praise of God), HWV 206
Susse stille, sanfte quelle (Sweet Silence, Soft Source of Calm Tranquility), HWV 205
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