Handel - Neun Deutsche Arien

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Handel - Neun Deutsche Arien

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BIS

Catalogue No:

BISCD1615
(BIS-CD-1615)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st Feb 2010

Barcode:

7318590016152

Length:

69 minutes

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Handel - Neun Deutsche Arien


Handel:

Neun deutsche Arien, HWV202-210

Trio Sonata, HWV 392 in F major

Gloria


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Among Handel's vocal works - from the early, operatic solo cantatas to the full-blown operas and the oratorios of his London years - the Nine German Arias hold a special place. Possibly composed around the time that the composer made a final journey to Germany to take leave of his ailing mother, they were Handel's last settings of texts in his native language. It seems likely that these circumstances contributed to the intimate character of these highly personal works, in combination with the texts themselves. Barthold Heinrich Brockes' poems point ahead towards the Enlightenment, establishing as their setting a harmonically organised world, in which benevolent Nature is the prime example of God's bounty. Emma Kirkby has chosen to combine these arias with the much earlier Gloria, discovered in 2001 and given its première recording - by Emma Kirkby herself - in the same year. As a result of the smaller forces (two violins, cello and chamber organ) employed on this re-recording of the exuberant work, the performance has a more intimate atmosphere, giving an interesting perspective on a piece which although written 300 years ago, is still a new addition to the repertoire. Emma Kirkby and London Baroque share a musical relationship of long standing, and appear together on two previous Handel recordings on BIS. The recent 'Handel in Italy', a programme of early, secular solo cantatas, was highly praised by the reviewers, for instance in the German magazine Fono Forum: 'Emma Kirkby presents these pieces with a deep insight into human thought and feeling. her interaction with London Baroque is an impressive demonstration of how a common musical understanding has matured and strengthened throughout a collaboration of many years.' An earlier disc of 'Sacred Cantatas' also received a number of distinctions, including a 'BBC Music Choice' in BBC Music Magazine, whose reviewer had 'seldom been as moved by a recording, both music and performance.'

George Frideric Handel: 9 German Arias (Neun Deutsche Arien), HWV 202-210

Kunft ger Zeiten eitler Kummer, HWV 202

Das zitternde Glanzen der spielenden Wasser, HWV 203

Susser Blumen Ambraflicken, HWV 204

Susser Stille, sanfte Quelle, HWV 205

Singe Seele, Gott zum Preise, HWV 206

Meine Seele hort im Sehen, HWV 207

Die ihr aus dunkeln Gruften, HWV 208

In den angenehmen Buschen, HWV 209

Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden, HWV 210

George Frideric Handel: Trio Sonata in F major, HWV 392

I.

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

Antonio Lotti: Missa Sapientiae: Gloria (formerly attr. to Handel, HWV 245)

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Et in terra pax

Laudamus te

Domine Deus

Qui tollis peccata

Quoniam tu solus sanctus

BBC Music Magazine

March 2010

*****

“Emma Kirkby made the world premiere recording of the Gloria in 2001. It was a breath-taking performance… Yet I prefer her second thoughts, a touch slower, pure exhilaration tempered by subtle nuances. London Baroque accompanies most sensitively, and sound is spacious and admirably balanced.”

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“Kirkby's voice seems perfect for this repertoire and her performance is naturally appealing”

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