Handel: Scorned & Betrayed

Handel: Scorned & Betrayed

by Melissa Fogarty

CD

Overview

Handel's Italian-language cantatas form a little-known subdivision of his work, and this disc from the Albany label does a wonderful job introducing them. These three cantatas for soprano and continuo are early works. They may have been written for a gathering of connoisseur noblemen in Rome around whom Handel felt he could take some chances -- rather than the pastoral themes they favored, sort of the situation comedies of their day, he wrote blazing little tragic scenes that shift between recitative and aria in a way that among Handel's contemporaries only Bach could have matched. They give a soprano something to dig into, and for the most part Melissa Fogarty has a dramatic sense that really draws the listener in. The liner notes are admirably clear in laying out what this music was about; the accompanimental players, using period instruments, are superb; and the two trio sonatas that separate the three cantatas are ideal little breaks in the dark mood. The only thing wrong with this recording is that Fogarty is less satisfying to listen to in Handel's punishing passagework, of which there is plenty, than she is in slower music. On the whole, though, it's a good introduction to an unusual non-public side of Handel's musical personality.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/2005
Label: Albany Records
UPC: 0034061081227
catalogNumber: 812

Tracks

  1. Agrippina condotta a morire (Dunque sarà pur vero), cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 110

    1. Recitative/Aria: Dunque sarà pur vero... Orrdia, oscura  (04:45)
    2. Recitative/Aria: Ma pria che d'empia morte... Renda cenere  (03:46)
    3. Recitative/Aria: Sì, sì, del gran tiranno... Come, O Dio  (07:16)
    4. Recitative/Aria: Sì, sì, viva Nerone... Se infelice al mondo  (06:59)
    5. Recitative/Aria: Prema l'ingrato figlio... Su, lacerate il seno  (02:52)
    6. Recitative: Ecco a morte già corre  (00:39)
  2. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op.5/4, HWV 399: Allegro

    1. Allegro  (02:09)
  3. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op.5/4, HWV 399: A tempo ordinario

    1. A tempo ordinario  (01:53)
  4. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op.5/4, HWV 399: Allegro non presto

    1. Allegro non presto  (01:55)
  5. La Lucrezia (O Numi Eterni), cantata for soprano & continuo, HWV 145

    1. Recitative/Aria: O Numi eterni... Già superbo  (05:09)
    2. Recitative/Aria: Ma voi forse... Il suol che preme  (04:16)
    3. Recitative/Aria: Ah, che ancor... Questi la disperata  (04:11)
    4. Recitative/Aria: A voi, padre... Già nel senno  (02:36)
  6. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op.5/4, HWV 399: Passacaglia

    1. Passacaglia  (04:38)
  7. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op.5/4, HWV 399: Gigue

    1. Gigue  (01:11)
  8. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op.5/4, HWV 399: Menuet

    1. Menuet  (01:43)
  9. Armida Abbandonata (Dietro l'orme fugaci), cantata, HWV 105

    1. Accompanied Recitative/Aria: Dietro l'orme... Ah, crudele  (06:22)
    2. Recitative/Accompanied Recitative: Per te mi struggo... O voi  (01:25)
    3. Aria: Venti, fermate, sì  (02:57)
    4. Recitative/Aria: Ma che parlo... In tanti affanni miei  (05:19)

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