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The Virtuoso Handel

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The Virtuoso Handel

Chicago Baroque EnsembleDavid SchraderJohn Mark RozendaalPatrice Michaels

  • CDR 90000 057
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    • Non saria poco from "Atalanta" (6:28)

    • GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)

      transcribed for flute and strings

      Non saria poco from "Atalanta" (6:28)

    • Recit: Un alma innamorata (0:25)

    • Cantata: Un alma innamorata (17:00)

      Recit: Un alma innamorata (0:25)

    • Aria: Quel povero core (8:08)

    • Aria: Quel povero core (8:08)

    • Recit: E pur benche egli veda (0:23)

    • Recit: E pur benche egli veda (0:23)

    • Aria: Io godo, rido e spero (5:37)

    • Aria: Io godo, rido e spero (5:37)

    • Recit: In quanto a me ritrovo (0:19)

    • Recit: In quanto a me ritrovo (0:19)

    • Aria: Ben impari come se ama (2:05)

    • Aria: Ben impari come se ama (2:05)

    • Sventurato godi, o core abbandonato (7:14)

    • from "Floriodante" transcribed for harpsichord solo

      Sventurato godi, o core abbandonato (7:14)

    • Aria: Chi rapi la pace al core? (3:32)

    • Cantata: Chi rapi la pace al core?

      Aria: Chi rapi la pace al core? (3:32)

    • Recit: Figlio d un fabbro, e amore (0:35)

    • Recit: Figlio d un fabbro, e amore (0:35)

    • Aria: Pupilla lucente (4:32)

    • Aria: Pupilla lucente (4:32)

    • Adagio (4:28)

    • Sonata in C for viola da gamba & harpsichord

      Adagio (4:28)

    • Allegro (2:30)

    • Allegro (2:30)

    • Adagio (3:10)

    • Adagio (3:10)

    • Allegro (2:50)

    • Allegro (2:50)

    • Recit: O numi eterni! (0:55)

    • Recit: O numi eterni! (0:55)

    • Aria: Gia superbo del mio affanno (5:16)

    • Aria: Gia superbo del mio affanno (5:16)

    • Recit: Ma voi forse nel Cielo (0:51)

    • Recit: Ma voi forse nel Cielo (0:51)

    • Aria: Il suol che preme (3:46)

    • Aria: Il suol che preme (3:46)

    • Recit: Ah! che ancor nel abisso (1:30)

    • Recit: Ah! che ancor nel abisso (1:30)

    • Arioso: Alla salma infedel (4:02)

    • Arioso: Alla salma infedel (4:02)

    • Recit: A voi, padre, consorte (0:52)

    • Recit: A voi, padre, consorte (0:52)

    • Arioso: Gia nel seno (0:41)

    • Arioso: Gia nel seno (0:41)

    • Recit: Sento ch il cor si scuote (0:52)

    • Recit: Sento ch il cor si scuote (0:52)

    • Spera si mio Caro from "Admetus" (7:08)

    • transcribed for flute and strings

      Spera si mio Caro from "Admetus" (7:08)

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Experience a side of Handel that's rarely heard these days: exquisitely refined vocal and instrumental chamber music, including three cantatas from his early years in Italy. On The Virtuoso Handel, you'll encounter the type of intimate music making that small, privileged audiences of discerning connoisseurs enjoyed during Handel's sojourn in Rome from 1706 to 1709.

Italy at the start of the 18th century was obsessed with singing. It is in this vocally-infused spirit that The Virtuoso Handel was conceived.

The Chicago Baroque Ensemble and soprano Patrice Michaels previously collaborated on Cedille's acclaimed A Vivaldi Concert ("A stellar level of artistry." - Cleveland Plain Dealer) and The World of Lully ("All this virtuosity invites repeated listening." - Early Music America). Here they perform secular cantatas on themes of romantic love, history, and mythology, including the dramatic and harrowing La Lucrezia. These challenging pieces showcase Ms. Michaels' silvery voice, lively interpretations, and exceptional mastery of florid Baroque passagework and ornamentation.

Also included are instrumental arrangements of arias from three of Handel's Italian operas: two for flute and strings, with irresistible "coloratura" playing on the transverse flute, and one for solo harpsichord. Completing the program is a charming Sonata in C Major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, which casts both players in virtuoso roles.

Participating on this recording are Chicago Baroque Ensemble members Anita Miller-Rieder, transverse flute; Jeri-Lou Zike, violin; Susan Rozendaal, viola; John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba and cello; and David Schrader, harpsichord.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 79:00

Recorded: September 3-6, 2000 at WFMT Chicago, Illinois
Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Cover: "The Artist and his Family in Concert" by David the Younger Teniers (1610-90). Courtesy of Noortman, Maastricht, Netherlands / Bridgeman Art Library.
Design: Melanie Germond
Notes: John Mark Rozendaal

© 2001 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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