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Handel : Cantatas - Arias

Helen Watts, Robert Tear, Raymond Leppard

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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 ‘Neun Deutsche Arien’ (Nos. 4 & 6 in the supposed original numbering), composed around 1724 to texts by Barthold Heinrich Brockes, the Hamburg poet and city official whose vernacular text of the Passion was set to music by several eighteenth-century composers, including Handel.
Brockes himself 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 the harpsichord (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 ‘Messiah’ directed by Sir Colin Davis as well as pioneering recordings of ‘Jephtha’ and ‘Semele’ (reissued on Decca Eloquence) - © Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.

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Handel : Cantatas - Arias

Raymond Leppard

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Cantata: Splenda l'alba in oriente, HWV 166 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

1
Aria: Splenda l'alba in oriente
Helen Watts
00:06:47

Unknown, Author - English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Raymond Leppard, Musical Director, MainArtist - Helen Watts, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited

2
Recit: Tu, armonica Cecilia...Aria: La virtute è un vero nume
Helen Watts
00:05:49

Unknown, Author - English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Raymond Leppard, Musical Director, MainArtist - Helen Watts, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited

Cantata: Carco sempre di gloria, HWV 87 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

3
Recit: Carco sempre di gloria...Aria: Sei del Ciel dono perfetto
Helen Watts
00:04:55

Unknown, Author - English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Raymond Leppard, Musical Director, MainArtist - Helen Watts, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited

Cantata: Carco sempre di gloria (Georg Friedrich Händel)

4
Aria: Sei cara, sei bella
Helen Watts
00:09:51

Unknown, Author - English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Raymond Leppard, Musical Director, MainArtist - Helen Watts, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited

"Tu Fedel? Tu Costante?", HWV 171 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

5
Sonata
English Chamber Orchestra
00:02:27

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Anonymous, Author - Raymond Leppard, Musical Director, MainArtist

℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited

6
Recit: Tu fidel? Tu constante?...Aria: Cento belle ami, Fileno
Helen Watts
00:06:45

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Anonymous, Author - Raymond Leppard, Musical Director, MainArtist - Helen Watts, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited

7
Recit: L'occhio nero vivace...Aria: Se Licori, Filli ed io
Helen Watts
00:02:52

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Anonymous, Author - Raymond Leppard, Musical Director, MainArtist - Helen Watts, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited

8
Recit: Ma se non hai più d'un sol cuore...Aria: Se non ti piace
Helen Watts
00:04:31

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Anonymous, Author - Raymond Leppard, Musical Director, MainArtist - Helen Watts, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited

9
Recit: Ma il tuo genio...Aria: Sì crudel, ti lascierò
Helen Watts
00:02:13

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Anonymous, Author - Raymond Leppard, Musical Director, MainArtist - Helen Watts, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited

Look down harmonious Saint HWV124 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

10
Recitative: Look down, look down
Robert Tear
00:01:21

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor, MainArtist - Newburgh Hamilton, Author - Robert Tear, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bremner, Producer - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Orchestra, MainArtist - Stanley Goodall, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1970 Decca Music Group Limited

11
Aria: Sweet accents all your numbers grace
Robert Tear
00:10:05

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor, MainArtist - Newburgh Hamilton, Author - Robert Tear, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bremner, Producer - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Orchestra, MainArtist - Stanley Goodall, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1970 Decca Music Group Limited

12
Handel: Meine Seele hört im Sehen
Robert Tear
00:04:15

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor, MainArtist - Robert Tear, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bremner, Producer - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Orchestra, MainArtist - Barthold Heinrich Brockes, Author - Stanley Goodall, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1970 Decca Music Group Limited

13
Handel: Süsse Stille, sanfter Quelle
Robert Tear
00:03:55

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor, MainArtist - Robert Tear, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Bremner, Producer - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Orchestra, MainArtist - Stanley Goodall, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1970 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

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 ‘Neun Deutsche Arien’ (Nos. 4 & 6 in the supposed original numbering), composed around 1724 to texts by Barthold Heinrich Brockes, the Hamburg poet and city official whose vernacular text of the Passion was set to music by several eighteenth-century composers, including Handel.
Brockes himself 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 the harpsichord (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 ‘Messiah’ directed by Sir Colin Davis as well as pioneering recordings of ‘Jephtha’ and ‘Semele’ (reissued on Decca Eloquence) - © Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.

Details of original recording : Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 16–17 March 1961 (Helen Watts); St. John’s, Smith Square, London, UK, 27–29 November 1969 (Robert Tear)

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