Handel: Vocal and Instrumental Chamber Music

Handel: Vocal and Instrumental Chamber Music

by Christina Hogman
     
 

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Featuring Handel's substantial "Neun Deutsche Arien" (Nine German Arias), HWV 202-210, this engaging late-'80s Bis recording gives the composer's relatively neglected vocal chamber music the royal treatment. It is masterfully produced by the label's founder, Robert von Bahr, and realized with utmost love and expertise by soprano Christina…  See more details below

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Featuring Handel's substantial "Neun Deutsche Arien" (Nine German Arias), HWV 202-210, this engaging late-'80s Bis recording gives the composer's relatively neglected vocal chamber music the royal treatment. It is masterfully produced by the label's founder, Robert von Bahr, and realized with utmost love and expertise by soprano Christina Högman and I Quattro Temperamenti. The German arias are settings of Barthold Heinrich Brockes, a minor contemporary of Handel who was among the first German writers to produce religiously tinged nature poetry. The texts are reverential, but not sacred in the usual sense, or even centered on religious topics; instead, they use the idea of divine creation almost as a refrain. Handel's settings elevate the insubstantial poems considerably, coming as close in style to the sacred arias of J.S. Bach as any of Handel's works. In realizing them, Högman and I Quattro Temperamenti give each of them a distinctive color and affect, finding the perfect tempo, articulation, and movement to suit the mood. Their ensemble is remarkable -- both between singer and instrumentalists, and between the instrumentalists themselves. Högman is well suited to this music; her voice is substantial, but not so full that she has to restrain herself in such an intimate setting; and she has an easy way with ornamentation. Clas Pehrsson is a top-notch recorder player. He occasionally soars a bit sharp on long notes, but otherwise his playing is flawless. Ann Wallström's violin playing is key to the success of the album, blending a historically informed, but still warm violin sound with a keen sense of counterpoint. And Mayumi Kamata (harpsichord) and Olof Larsson (cello/gamba) produce some of the finest continuo playing imaginable, managing to sound as one colorful yet unobtrusive instrument throughout. Rounding out the program are the solo cantata "Nel dolce dell'oblio," an excerpt from the English masque "Acis and Galatea," and the "Trio Sonata in C minor, HWV 386a." Högman struggles to make the English text of "Hush, Ye Pretty Warbling Quire" clear, but deals much more ably with the Italian. The "Trio Sonata" shines a well-deserved spotlight on the Temperamenti, who deliver a vibrant, delightfully unified performance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/1994
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590004036
catalogNumber:
403

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  1. Künft' ger Zeiten eitler Kummer (German Aria No.1), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 202  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  2. Das zitternde Glänzen (German Aria No.2), hymn, for soprano & continuo, HWV 203  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  3. Süsser Blumen Ambraflocken (German Aria No.3), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 204  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  4. Süsse Stille, sanfte Quelle (German Aria No.4), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 205  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  5. Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise (German Aria No.5), hymn, for soprano & continuo, HWV 206  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  6. Meine Seele hört im Sehen (German Aria No.6), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 207  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  7. Die ihr aus dunkeln Grüften (German Aria No.7), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 208  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  8. In den angenehmen Büschen (German Aria No.8), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 209  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  9. Flammende Rose, zierde der Erden (German Aria No.9), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 210  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  10. Acis and Galatea, oratorio, HWV 49: (Hush, ye pretty warbling quire)  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Marit Bergman  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  11. Pensieri notturni di filli (Nel dolce dell'oblio), cantata for soprano, recorder & continuo, HWV 134  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti
  12. Trio sonata for 2 treble instruments & continuo in C minor, HWV 386a  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrew Barnett  - Christina Hogman  -  I Quattro Temperamenti

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