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London Calling

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1997
Release date2012-04-01
Discs1
Orig. sample rate88200Hz

Klassik Heute 10/10/10 May 2012.

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 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.
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Handel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
  Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11 25:39
01 Sinfonia (Act 1) 04:06 $ 0.98 USD
02 Aria (Amadigi): T´amai, quant´il mio cor 05:17 $ 1.27 USD
03 Aria (Amadigi):Vado, corro al mio tesoro 03:17 $ 0.79 USD
 
 
  Composer: Corelli, Arcangelo
  Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 4 10:06
04 I. Adagio – Allegro 03:34 $ 0.86 USD
05 II. Adagio 02:19 $ 0.56 USD
06 III. Vivace – Allegro – Allegro 04:13 $ 1.01 USD
 
 
  Composer: Handel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
  Hercules, HWV 60 09:06
07 Sinfonia (Act 3) 02:59 $ 0.72 USD
08 Recitativo accompagnato (Dejanira): Where shall I fly? 06:07 $ 1.47 USD
 
 
  Composer: Veracini, Francesco Maria
  Sonata in A major for violin and continuo (Sonate accademiche, Op.2 No.9) 11:39
09 I. Allegro moderamente 04:05 $ 0.98 USD
10 II. Adagio 00:31 $ 0.12 USD
11 III. Scozzese. Un poco andante ed affettuoso – Largo –
Un poco andante ed affettuoso
07:03 $ 1.69 USD
 
 
  Composer: Handel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
  Theodora, HWV 68
12 Air (Irene): As with rosy steps 08:07 $ 1.95 USD
 
 
  Composer: Geminiani, Francesco
  Concerto Grosso in D minor, No.12 (La Follia)
13 Concerto Grosso in D minor, No.12 (La Follia) 11:30 $ 2.76 USD
 
 
  Composer: Handel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
  Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11 25:39
14 Aria (Amadigi): O rendetemi il mio bene 06:06 $ 1.46 USD
15 Sinfonia (Act 3) 01:22 $ 0.33 USD
16 Aria (Amadigi): Sento la gioia 05:31 $ 1.32 USD
 
  Album total 76:07
Artistic director and leaderBjarte Eike
ComposerCorelli, Arcangelo
Geminiani, Francesco
Handel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
Veracini, Francesco Maria
OrchestraBarokksolistene

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