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Handel: Apollo E Dafne, The Alchymist / Sol, Wemyss, Wentz, Musica Ad Rhenum

Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94600  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Tom SolNicola Wemyss
Conductor:  Jed Wentz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica ad Rhenum
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Apollo e Dafne is an early work of Handel’s, completed at the latest by 1710 when he was 25 years old in Hanover, whence Handel departed in 1710 after Agrippina had made such an impact in Venice. He thence decamped to London in the autumn of 1710, perhaps as a propagandist for the Hannoverian succession, and may even have had political duties to attend to in secret, while carrying on a spectacularly successful musical charm?offensive in favour of George and Germany. If this is the case, then we could see the dance suite of music from The Alchymist (HWV43) as advanced publicity, carefully planned to prepare Handel’s arrival. Whatever: both works here are the works of a youthful and exuberant outpouring of genius. They both were conceived in Read more theatrical Catholic Italy, only to achieve their final form in the Protestant North. In this transformation process they seem to have lost none of their vigour and warmth; and today they charm us still as they must have charmed when new, like a whiff from distant lemon groves through the London fog and the rain.

Jed Wentz and his consort Musica ad Rhenum are stalwarts of the extensive catalogue of historically informed recordings on Brilliant Classics. They draw on the rich performance and scholarly tradition of early music in The Netherlands, and their recordings of Bach, Handel, Couperin, Rameau and more have, since the group's foundation in 1992, won critical praise.

* Recorded 2006.
* Contains notes on the music as well as artist biographies.
* Contains a libretto for Apollo e Dafne. Read less

Works on This Recording

La terra č liberata, HWV 122 "Apollo e Dafne" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Tom Sol (Baritone), Nicola Wemyss (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Jed Wentz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica ad Rhenum
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708; Italy 
The Alchemist, HWV 43 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Jed Wentz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica ad Rhenum
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1710; London, England 

Sound Samples

The Alchemist, HWV 43: I. Overture
The Alchemist, HWV 43: VI. Air
The Alchemist, HWV 43: III. Menuet
The Alchemist, HWV 43: IV. Saraband
The Alchemist, HWV 43: V. Bouree
The Alchemist, HWV 43: VII. Air
The Alchemist, HWV 43: VII. Menuet
The Alchemist, HWV 43: VIII: Air
The Alchemist, HWV 43: VIII. Gigue
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: I. Recitative: La terra e liberata! (The earth is freed!) (Apollo)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: II. Aria: Pende il ben dell'universo (The well-being of the universe) (Apollo)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: III. Recitative: Ch'il superbetto Amore (Let proud little Cupid) (Apollo)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: IV. Aria: Spezza l'arco e getta l'armi (Break your bow and throw away your arrows) (Apollo)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: V. Aria: Felicissima quest'alma (Most fortunate is this soul) (Dafne)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: VI. Recitative: Che voce! Che belta! (What a voice! What a beauty!) (Apollo, Dafne)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: VII. Aria: Ardi, adori, e preghi in vano (You desire, adore and beseech in vain) (Dafne)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: VIII. Recitative: Che crudel! (How cruel!) (Apollo, Dafne)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: IX. Duet: Una guerra ho dentro il seno (A war rages in my breast) (Dafne, Apollo)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: X. Recitative: Placati al fin, o cara (Calm yourself, O dear one) (Apollo)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: XI. Aria: Come rosa in su la spina (Like the rose on its stem) (Apollo)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: XII. Recitative: Ah! ch'un Dio non dovrebbe (Ah! A God should love nothing) (Dafne)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: XIII. Aria: Come in ciel benigna stella (As Neptune's star in heaven) (Dafne)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: XIV. Recitative: Odi la mia ragion! (Hear my reason!) (Apollo, Dafne)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: XV. Duet: Deh! lascia addolcire quell'aspro rigor (Pray! Soften your unbending severity) (Apollo, Dafne)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: XVI. Recitativo: Sempre t'adorero! (I shall always adore you!) (Apollo, Dafne)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: XVII: Aria: Mie piante correte (My feet run) (Apollo)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122: XVIII: Aria: Cara pianta, co'miei pianti (Dearest laurel, with my tears) (Apollo)

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