Haendel: Il Duello Amoroso

Haendel: Il Duello Amoroso

by Scholl


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Haendel: Il Duello Amoroso

Harmonia Mundi's release features four secular cantatas and a trio sonata Handel wrote during his sojourn in Italy during his early twenties. The cantatas range from the mini-opera "Il duello amoroso" or "Amarilli vezzosa," which depicts a shepherd's vain courting of a resisting nymph, to solo works in which a narrator describes similar pastoral stories, most of which also end in rejection. In "Il duello amoroso," soprano Hélène Guilmette joins countertenor Andreas Scholl, and their charming banter leaves the listener saddened that the shepherd's suit was so dismally unsuccessful. Guilmette's voice is pure and sweet, and her singing is persuasively dramatic. Scholl's voice is slightly veiled and white-sounding and has less of the clarity and sensuality that some of the finest countertenors, such as Philippe Jaroussky, possess. His singing is impeccably musical, though, and he has a fine and subtle sense of drama that breathes life into these cantatas. The listener's preference for a particular countertenor's timbre is very much a matter of personal taste, and the overall musicality of Scholl's performance may be entirely compelling for some listeners. Accademia Bizantina, led by Ottavio Dantone, provides the singers with immaculate and dramatically apt accompaniment, and the group shines when it takes center stage in the trio sonata. Harmonia Mundi's sound is characteristically warm, clean, and intimate, with good balance between the singers and instruments.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2007
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC: 0794881834020
catalogNumber: 901957


  1. Amarilli Vezzosa (Daliso ed Amarelli) (Il Duello Amoroso), cantata for soprano, alto, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 82

    1. Sonata (Allegro - Menuetto)  (02:44)
    2. Recitativo. Amarilli vezzosa / Aria. Pietoso sguardo, vezzo bugiardo  (04:24)
    3. Recitativo. Dunque tanto s'avanza / Aria. Piacer che non si dona  (05:27)
    4. Recitativo. Sì, sì, crudel, ti accheta / Aria. Quel nocchiero che mira le sponde  (03:02)
    5. Recitativo. Amarilli, Amarilli / Aria. È vanità d'un cor  (05:39)
    6. Recitativo. Or su, giacché ostinato / Aria. Sì, sì lasciami, ingrata - Su, su restati in pace  (03:37)
  2. Nel dolce tempo, cantata, HWV 135

    1. Recitativo. Nel dolce tempo, in cui ritorna a noi / Aria. Pastorella, coi bei lumi  (06:36)
    2. Recitativo. Di pallido color / Aria. Senti, di te, ben mio, cantar  (03:56)
  3. Vedendo Amor, cantata, for alto & continuo, HWV 175

    1. Recitativo. Vedendo Amor che per me / Aria. In un folto bosco ombroso  (04:50)
    2. Recitativo. In quel bosco sen venne cheto / Aria. Camminando lei pian piano  (04:23)
    3. Recitativo. Caricò, saricò subito amore / Aria. Rise Eurilla, rise Amore / Recitativo. Fra tanto so  (03:48)
  4. Trio sonata for flute/violin, violin & continuo in B minor, Op. 2/1, HWV 386b

    1. 1. Andante  (03:59)
    2. 2. Allegro ma non troppo  (02:36)
    3. 3. Largo  (02:36)
    4. 4. Allegro  (02:10)
  5. Mi palpita il cor, cantata, HWV 132

    1. Recitativo ed Arioso. Mi palpita il cor  (01:09)
    2. Recitativo. Tormento e gelosia / Aria. Ho tanti affanni in petto  (07:02)
    3. Recitativo. Clori, di te mi lagno / Aria. Se un dì m'adora  (04:14)

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Scholl   Primary Artist

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