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Handel * Haym: Trio Sonatas-Op 2 No 5 HWV390a

Magazine article Gramophone

Handel * Haym: Trio Sonatas-Op 2 No 5 HWV390a

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Handel * Haym Handel Trio Sonatas--Op 2 No 5 HWV390a; HWV392. Amadigi di Gaula--Ballo di poston e pastorelle. Admeto--A languir ed a penar. Ottone--Ah! tu non sai. Tolomeo--Torni omai la pace all'alma Haym Trio Sonatas, Op 1 No 1; No 3; No 4 L'Aura Rilucente Ambronay (F) AMY304 (55' * DDD)

Nicola Francesco Haym (1678-1729) is not a totally obscure figure. Although this release may well be the first to add these three trio sonatas for strings to the slim count of recorded works by him, he is a name familiar to Handel aficionadas as one of the great man's favourite librettists. A good one, too, for he lent his literary talents to such high-quality pieces as Giulio Cesare, Tamerlano and Rodelinda. His Op 1 Trios were published in 1701, shortly after his arrival in London from Rome, where he had been a cellist in Corelli's orchestra. Inevitably they are firmly in the Corellian mould, yet, despite some awkwardnesses, are attractive and individual enough to merit this little outing. L'Aura Rilucente choose to interleave them with trio sonatas from Handel's Op 2, which are both richer and longer, and, in an imaginative attempt to link the two composers in this instrumental chamber context, with arrangements of three arias from operas on which they collaborated. …

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