G.F. Händel: Neun Deutsche Arien

G.F. Händel: Neun Deutsche Arien

by Marie Friederike Schöder

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G.F. Händel: Neun Deutsche Arien

Handel's Neun Deutsche Arien, or Nine German Arias, were written not at the beginning of the composer's career in north Germany, but in the mid-1720s in London, to texts by his friend B.H. Brockes. They are unusual works: not formally, for they follow the established da capo structure of the day, but in the texts and Handel's response to them. They are not easily classified as either sacred or secular, but you might call them sacred arias with secular subject matter. German soprano Marie Friederike Schöder does well to classify them by theme ("morality," nature and its romanticization, quiet desire and love); there was little indication from Handel of which order the pieces should be performed in, and this method fits the slightly didactic tone of the texts and the bracing contrast of that tone with the full flower of Italianate vocal music. Schöder and the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle intersperse instrumental works -- a sonata, and three pieces for musical clock, arranged for two lutes -- among the three sections, and the program is one Handel himself might have recognized, even if one wonders why historical-instrument specialists never get it together to record musical-clock music on the instrument for which it was intended. Schöder has a clear, rather formal voice that fits this music beautifully. She has strong competition in these pieces -- in the 2010s from Britain's Carolyn Sampson, and before that from Arleen Auger -- but less so in the construction of the program and the capturing of the overall mood. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2017
Label: Accent Records
UPC: 4015023243262
catalogNumber: 24326
Rank: 229631

Tracks

  1. Süsse Stille, sanfte Quelle (German Aria No.4), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 205
  2. Das zitternde Glänzen (German Aria No.2), hymn, for soprano & continuo, HWV 203
  3. In den angenehmen Büschen (German Aria No.8), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 209
  4. Tunes (11) for Clay's Musical Clock, HWV 587-597: Gigue in C major HWV 589
  5. Tunes (11) for Clay's Musical Clock, HWV 587-597: Aria in C major HWV 597
  6. Pieces (7) for Musical Clock in C major, HWV 598-604: A voluntary or a Flight of Angels HWV 600
  7. Flammende Rose, zierde der Erden (German Aria No.9), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 210
  8. Süsser Blumen Ambraflocken (German Aria No.3), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 204
  9. Meine Seele hört im Sehen (German Aria No.6), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 207
  10. Violin Sonata in G minor, Op.1/6, HWV 364a
  11. Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise (German Aria No.5), hymn, for soprano & continuo, HWV 206
  12. Die ihr aus dunkeln Grüften (German Aria No.7), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 208
  13. Künft' ger Zeiten eitler Kummer (German Aria No.1), hymn for soprano & continuo, HWV 202

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