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Helen Watts; Robert Tear - Handel: Cantatas; Arias (CD ALBUM (1 DISC))

Helen Watts; Robert Tear - Handel: Cantatas; Arias (CD ALBUM (1 DISC))
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Helen Watts; Robert Tear - Handel: Cantatas; Arias (CD ALBUM (1 DISC))

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Helen Watts; Robert Tear - Handel: Cantatas; Arias (CD ALBUM (1 DISC))
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Helen Watts; Robert Tear - Handel: Cantatas; Arias (CD ALBUM (1 DISC))

Of the works by Handel presented here, three are cantatas devoted to the Patron Saint of music, St. Cecilia, another is an Italian cantata that was probably presented for a private patron in Rome, while the remaining two works are drawn from Handel's unique set of NeunDeutsche Arien(Nos. 4 & 6 in the supposed original numbering), composed around 1724 to texts by BartholdHeinrich Brockes, the Hamburg poet and city official whose vernacular text of the Passion was set to music by several eighteenth-century composers including Handel.

Brockeshimself was pleased to note of the German Arias that 'the world-renowned virtuoso, Mr. Handel, set these to music in a very special manner.' They have attracted many fine singers on record, but few with so acute a feeling for Handel's word-painting as the tenor Robert Tear. The three Italian cantatas composed between 1707 and 1737 and sung by the great Welsh contralto Helen Watts, display the singer's complete command of Italian, her flair for dramatic declamation and her highly sophisticated and agile coloratura technique, surprising perhaps to those who hear in her voice the typical heavier English "oratorio" contralto sound.

The British harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor, Raymond Leppard directed these performances with Helen Watts from theharpsichord (built by Thomas Goff), with his colleagues of the English Chamber Orchestra providing stylish accompaniments. Watts lent distinction to many Handel recordings of the 1960s and 70s, including Messiahdirected by Sir Colin Davis as well as pioneering recordings of Jephthaand Semele(reissued on Decca Eloquence 4825055).

'Helen Watts, with her exceptionally flexible and well-focused contralto voice and excellent breath control fulfils the technicaldemands more than competently … Raymond Leppard gets wonderfully spirited playing from the English Chamber Orchestra … an immensely enjoyable record.' Gramophone, April 1962

Tracklistings:

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

1–2Cantata 'Splenda l'albain oriente', HWV 166

3–4 Cantata 'Carcosempre di gloria', HWV 87

5–9 Cantata 'Tu Fedel? Tu Costante?', HWV 171

Helen Watts, contralto

English Chamber Orchestra

Raymond Leppard

10–11Cantata 'Look down harmonious Saint', HWV 124

NeunDeutschenArien

12No. 6: MeineSeelehörtimSehen, HWV 207

13No. 4: SüsseStille, sanfterQuelle, HWV 205

Robert Tear, tenor

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Neville Marriner

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UPC 0028948247530
Release Date 12 Jul 2019
Brand N/A
Artist Helen Watts; Robert Tear
Title Handel: Cantatas; Arias
Format CD ALBUM (1 DISC)
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