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Handel: Complete Cantatas Vol 4 / Marco Vitali, Contrasto Armonico


Release Date: 01/31/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94257  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefanie TrueKlaartje van Veldhoven
Conductor:  Marco Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrasto Armonico Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Volume 4 contains two instrumental cantatas and three continuo ones. The longest work in this volume is the instrumental cantata Clori, mia bella Clori, beautifully sung by Stefanie True. I am aware of four previous recordings. I have not heard the Coro featuring Ann Murray, conducted by Harry Christophers (it received a positive review from Brian Robins in Fanfare 29:1). I prefer True’s performance to the other available recordings (Patrizia Kwella, conducted by Denys Darlow, on Helios, and Maria Grazia Schiavo, conducted by Fabio Bonizzoni, on Glossa). A fourth recording, featuring Lina Maria Åkerlund, conducted by August Wenzinger, on Accord is not currently available.

The second instrumental cantata on Volume
Read more 4 is the much-recorded Pensieri noturni di Filli. There are currently eight additional versions listed at ArkivMusic, and I am aware of at least four others that are currently out of print. Klaartje van Veldhoven contributes a beautifully sung performance that is at least the equal of any performance I know and better than many others.

The French cantata Sans y penser is a dialog for a shepherd (Tirsis) and shepherdess (Sylvie) on the subject of, what else, hopeless love. In the notes, Ellen Harris describes it as “comic,” but this is not the impression I get from the text or the music. It has been recorded once before and can be found on a recording of Handel’s “occasional songs” on Somm, where it is considered not a cantata but a series of French songs linked by recitatives. The Somm recording also includes an alternative version of the title song. Both performances are stylish and attractive, but on the Somm recording the role of Tirsis is transposed down an octave for tenor. The Brilliant recording is therefore to be preferred for authenticity. Nevertheless, Emma Kirkby and Charles Daniels give much pleasure on Somm.

Stefanie True performs the two remaining continuo cantatas, Clori, vezzosa Clori and Lungi n’andò Fileno, which here receive what I believe is their first recording. Fortunately, the performances are excellent and would be recommendable even if there were alternatives to consider.

Texts and translations are provided. There are excellent notes by the conductor and by Ellen T. Harris. Although I wish the playing time of the discs were longer, I have no other reservations about this invaluable series. [This disc] belongs on the shelves of every devoted Handelian."

FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nel dolce dell'oblio, HWV 134 (Pensieri notturni di Filli) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefanie True (Soprano), Klaartje van Veldhoven (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrasto Armonico Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1707-1710; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2010 
2.
Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefanie True (Soprano), Klaartje van Veldhoven (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrasto Armonico Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 2010 
3.
Sans y penser, HWV 155 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefanie True (Soprano), Klaartje van Veldhoven (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrasto Armonico Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740 ; London, England  
Date of Recording: 2010 
4.
Lungi n'ando Fileno, HWV 128 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefanie True (Soprano), Klaartje van Veldhoven (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrasto Armonico Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2010 
5.
Clori, vezzosa Clori, HWV 95 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefanie True (Soprano), Klaartje van Veldhoven (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrasto Armonico Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2010 

Sound Samples

Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Recitative: Clori, mia bella Clori
Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Aria: Chiari lumi
Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Recitative: Temo ma pure io spero
Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Aria: Ne'gigli e nelle rose
Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Recitative: Non e pero che non molesta
Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Aria: Mie pupille
Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Recitative: Tu, nobil alma
Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92: Aria: Di gelosia il timore
Sans y penser, HWV 155: Chanson: Sans y penser (Silvie)
Sans y penser, HWV 155: Recitatif: S'il ne falloit que bien aimer pour attendrir (Tirsis)
Sans y penser, HWV 155: Air: Petite fleur brunette (Tirsis)
Sans y penser, HWV 155: Recitatif: Vous, qui m'aviez procure une amour eternelle (Tirsis)
Sans y penser, HWV 155: Air: Nos plaisirs seront peudurables (Silvie)
Sans y penser, HWV 155: Recitatif: Vous ne sauriez flatter ma peine (Silvie)
Sans y penser, HWV 155: Air: Non, non, je ne puis plus souffrir (Tirsis)
Clori, vezzosa Clori, HWV 95: Recitativo: Clori, vezzosa Clori
Clori, vezzosa Clori, HWV 95: Aria: Il bosco, il prato, il rio
Clori, vezzosa Clori, HWV 95: Recitativo: Se l'usignol canoro
Clori, vezzosa Clori, HWV 95: Aria: Non e possibile o Clori amabile
Nel dolce dell'oblio, HWV 134, "Pensieri notturni di Filli": Recitative: Nel dolce dell'oblio (Soprano)
Nel dolce dell'oblio, HWV 134, "Pensieri notturni di Filli": Aria: Giacche sonno a lei dipinge (Soprano)
Nel dolce dell'oblio, HWV 134, "Pensieri notturni di Filli": Recitative: Cosi fida ella vive al cuor che adora (Soprano)
Nel dolce dell'oblio, HWV 134, "Pensieri notturni di Filli": Aria: Ha l'inganno il suo diletto (Soprano)
Lungi n'ando Fileno, HWV 128: Recitativo: Lungi, lungi n'ando Fileno
Lungi n'ando Fileno, HWV 128: Aria: Si piangete, o mie pupille
Lungi n'ando Fileno, HWV 128: Recitativo: Ahi! M'inganno, infelice
Lungi n'ando Fileno, HWV 128: Aria: Dunque se il tanto piangere

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