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London Calling - Handel / Semmingsen, Eike, Barokksolistene

Barokksolistene / Semmingsen / Eike
Release Date: 05/15/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1997  
Composer:  George Frideric HandelArcangelo CorelliFrancesco Maria VeraciniFrancesco Geminiani
Performer:  Tuva Semmingsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As the hub of a fledgling British Empire, London around 1710 was burgeoning with new wealth and offered the perfect setting for operatic entrepreneurs eager to spread the latest Italian fashions. It was thus a city of opportunity for Handel, fresh from spending five years in Italy, but also for many other touring musicians including Arcangelo Corelli, Francesco Maria Veracini and Francesco Geminiani. This recording unveils a portrait of the chameleon Handel, emerging in the panache of his early Italian-styled Amadigi, reaching maturity in the ‘English operatic’ Hercules and arriving finally in the perennial melodic grace of Theodora, his penultimate oratorio. Extracts from these works, in which the young Norwegian mezzo-soprano Tuva Read more Semmingsen displays both vocal agility and a wide-ranging emotional palette, are interspersed with instrumental works by Handel’s Italian contemporaries. Corelli’s Concerto grosso in D major, from the celebrated Opus 6, and Geminiani’s ‘La Follia’ in D minor – incidentally a reworking of Corelli’s famous violin sonata – both illustrate Italian instrumental music at its most sumptuous, in colourful and dynamic performances by the Norwegian period band Barokksolistene. For further variety, the leader and artistic director of the ensemble, Bjarte Eike, also performs a chamber work by Veracini, who visited London regularly during some three decades in the early 18th century. The Sonata in A major was published in England in 1744, and it would be quite tempting to interpret the use in it of a Scottish tune, Tweed’s side, as merely a clever marketing device to charm a local audience, were it not that the tune, and the composition itself, was so attractive. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Theodora, HWV 68: As with rosy steps the Morn advancing by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Tuva Semmingsen (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
2.
Hercules, HWV 60: Where shall I fly? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Tuva Semmingsen (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
3.
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; London, England 
4.
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: T'amai, quant'il mio cor by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Tuva Semmingsen (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
5.
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Vado, corro by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Tuva Semmingsen (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; London, England 
6.
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: O rendetemi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Tuva Semmingsen (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; London, England 
7.
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Act 3 Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; London, England 
8.
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Sento la gioia by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Tuva Semmingsen (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; London, England 
9.
Theodora, HWV 68: Act 3 Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
10.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 4 in D major by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
11.
Sonatas (12) accademiche for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 2: no 9 in A major by Francesco Maria Veracini
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; Italy 
12.
Concerti grossi (12) after Op. 5 of Arcangelo Corelli: no 12 in D minor "La Follia" by Francesco Geminiani
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1729; London, England 

Sound Samples

Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Overture
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Act II: Aria: T'amai, quant'il mio cor
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Act I: Aria: Vado, corro al mio tesoro
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 4: I. Adagio - Allegro
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 4: II. Adagio
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 4: III. Vivace - Allegro - Allegro
Hercules, HWV 60: Act III: Sinfonia
Hercules, HWV 60: Act III: Accompagnato: Where shall I fly?
Sonate accademiche in A major, Op. 2, No. 9: I. Allegro moderamente
Sonate accademiche in A major, Op. 2, No. 9: II. Adagio
Sonate accademiche in A major, Op. 2, No. 9: III. Scozzese: Un poco andante ed affettuoso - Largo - Un poco andante ed affettuoso
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I: Air: As with rosy steps
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in D minor (after Corelli's Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, "La Follia"): Concerto Grosso in D minor (after Corelli's Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, "La Follia")
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Act I: Aria: O rendetemi il mio bene
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Act III: Sinfonia
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Act III: Aria: Sento la gioia

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