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Handel: Aure Soavi, E Liete, HWV84

Magazine article Gramophone

Handel: Aure Soavi, E Liete, HWV84

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Aure soavi, e liete, HWV84. Cuopre tal volta il cielo, HWV98. Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV102a. GiU nei Tartarei regni, HWV187. Pensieri notturni di Filli: nel dolce dell'oblio, HWV134. Tacete, ohime, tacete, HWV196. Tu fedel? Tu costante?, HWV171a

Yetzabel Arias Fernandez sop Klaus Mertens bar

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Ton Koopman

Challenge Classics (F) CC72265 (64' * DDD * T/t)

A prime selling point here is the premiere recording of an early version of the soprano cantata Tu fedel? Tu costante?, HWV171a, unearthed in Ton Koopman's private manuscript collection and authenticated by the American musicologist John Roberts. Probably composed in Florence or Venice in 1706, near the start of Handel's glittering Italian sojourn, the 'new' cantata initially follows the course of the familiar version, HWV171 (with oboe added to the string band), then goes its own way. While the text, a woman's taunting of her rustic Lothario, is the same, the music of this newly discovered version is more wistful, even sorrowful in cast, epitomised by the plangent siciliano aria 'Se Licori, Filli ed io'.

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. …

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