Handel: Tu fedel? Tu costante?

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Handel: Tu fedel? Tu costante?

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14th Oct 2016




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Handel: Tu fedel? Tu costante?

and other Italian Cantatas


Tu fedel? tu costante? HWV 171a

world premiere recording

Tacete, ohimè, tacete!, HWV196

Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV 102a

Pensieri notturni di Filli (Nel dolce dell'oblio), HWV 134

Giù nei Tartarei regni v'andrem madonna, HWV 187

Aure soavi e liete HWV 84

Cuopre tal volta il cielo (HWV 98)

Yetzabel Arias Fernandez (soprano), Klaus Mertens (baritone)

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman



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Ton Koopman and his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra return after a long period to the world of the cantata with a disc which sees them record Italian cantatas by Handel for the first time, including the world premiere recording of Cantata HWV 171a.

Sometime in late 1705 or 1706 Georg Friedrich Handel, like many German composers before him, travelled to Italy, then the fountainhead of European music. During the next three years he paid extended visits to Rome and also spent time in Florence, Venice and Naples. In 1709-10, he returned once again to Florence and Venice. Rather than studying with some Italian master, as others had done, he quickly established himself as a virtuoso performer and composer, enjoying the support of leading patrons and composing numerous cantatas.

Lost music from Handel’s years in Italy rarely comes to light, but in 2015 a previously unknown and largely different version of the cantata “Tu fedel? tu costante?”, HWV 171, was discovered by chance, uniquely preserved in a manuscript belonging to Ton Koopman. A complaint of an injured love, both Handel settings of this text are for soprano, but in the new cantata, HWV 171a, the accompanying ensemble includes an oboe and after the first aria, it sharply diverges from the familiar version. HWV 171a was probably composed in Venice or Florence in late 1706.

Organist, harpsichordist and conductor Ton Koopman, one of the world’s leading exponents of Baroque music, founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 1979. They have appeared with him on countless recordings, among them his two most ambitious projects: the complete Bach cantatas, a massive undertaking for which he was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis “Echo Klassik”, a BBC Music Magazine Award and the Hector Berlioz Prize, and the Opera Omnia of Bach’s predecessor, Dieterich Buxtehude, an edition of 30 CDs recorded between 2005-2014. In 2003 he founded his own label Antoine Marchand, a sub-label of Challenge Classics.

George Frideric Handel: Tu fedel, tu costante, HWV 171a

Recitativo Tu fedel? tu costante?

Aria Cento belle ami, Fileno

Recitativo L’occhio nero vivace

Aria Se Licori, Filli ed io

Recitativo Ma se non hai più d’un sol core

Aria Se non ti piace amarmi

Recitativo Ma il tuo genio incostante

Aria Sì, crudel, ti lascerò

George Frideric Handel: Tacete, ohimè, tacete, HWV 196

Tacete, ohimè, tacete!

Non sia voce importuna

Sol quando dorme Amore

George Frideric Handel: Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV 102a

Recitativo Dalla guerra amorosa

Aria Non v’alletti un’occhio nero

Recitativo Fuggite, sí fuggite

Aria La bellezza è come un Fiore

Recitativo Fuggite, sì fuggite

George Frideric Handel: Pensieri notturni di Filli

Nel dolce dell’oblio, HWV 134: Recitativo Nel dolce dell’oblio

Nel dolce dell’oblio, HWV 134: Aria Giacché il sonno a lei dipinge

Nel dolce dell’oblio, HWV 134: Recitativo Così fida ella vive al cuor

Nel dolce dell’oblio, HWV 134: Aria Ha l’inganno il suo diletto

George Frideric Handel: Giù nei Tartarei regni, HWV 187

Giù nei Tartarei regni

Io ch’ardendo mi sfaccio

George Frideric Handel: Aure soavi, e liete, HWV 84

Recitativo Aure soavi e liete

Aria Care luci, che l’alba rendete

Recitativo Pietà, Clori, pietà!

Arietta Un aura flebile

George Frideric Handel: Cuopre tal volta il cielo, HWV 98

Accompagnato Cuopre tal volta il cielo

Aria Tuona, ballena, sibila il vento

Recitativo Così fiera procella dà rio tormento

Aria Per pietà di miei martiri

Interview with Ton Koopman about rediscovery of Händel's Cantata HWV 171a (with subtitles)

Gramophone Magazine

February 2017

“Encouraged by the graceful, animated playing of Koopman’s period band, Yetzabel Arias Fernandez deploys her ‘straight’, slightly mezzo-ish soprano with taste and refinement…[Mertens is] always musical…all the while the Amsterdam players are a buoyant presence whether in the energising continuo or the beautifully turned obbligatos”

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