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No opera from Handel is as enigmatic as Silla. This fourth London opera was composed in 1713; and that’s as far as our knowledge goes! The written music scores are incomplete and we have no information about any contemporary performance. The first Handel experts tried to find an explanation and agreed upon the theory that Silla was written for a private show in the household of the Count of Burlington, who was at the time the composer’s patron. Then, in 1969, the discovery of a glossary from June 1713 established a possible date of the first performance. The inclusion of an extravagant work dedicated to the Duke d’Aumont, a recently appointed French ambassador, suggests the possibility of a show organized by or for the Duke. That could explain not only the absence of an English translation in the glossary, which is unique about Handel’s London operas, but also the relative brevity of the work.



However, some problems remain unresolved. D’Aumont was a leading figure in the London life, and it seems rather unlikely that such an initiative would be ignored by the London press or forgotten by D’Aumont in his own writings. Was Silla played in 1713? As of yet, we can’t say for sure. There are further questions regarding the opera itself, in particular the choice of subject. This is indeed one of the rare historical operas from Handel concerned with Lucius Cornelius Silla’s end of life related by Plutarch; having seized Rome, this consul-come-tyran had his adversaries killed before retiring in a way as sudden as it was incredible in his country house to focus on his hobbies. It’s hard to imagine that this thread could fit an opera probably thought as a commemorative piece of an event of some sort: experts have been struggling to find answers and some have tried to discover an allegorical context. Apart from the theme, the quality and the meaning of the book have also been vehemently criticized. It’s significantly based on Italian cantatas from the composer’s youth and it’s interesting to notice that, as far as the style is concerned, the music goes back to a certain extent to his previous historical opera, Agrippina.



Although the absurdities from its book make it an unlikely candidate to find a place in the great operatic repertoire, Silla contains enough musical beauties. Let’s also remember that Handel was holding his work in enough regard to recycle a considerable part of it into his next opera, Amadigi di Gaula. © SM/Qobuz

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Handel : Silla

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DISC 1

Silla, HWV 10

1
Overture 00:03:42

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

2
March 00:01:22

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

Silla, HWV 10, Act I

3
Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Silla, s'oggi risplende (Metella, Lepido, Silla) 00:01:02

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

4
Act I Scene 1: Aria: Alza il volo la mia fama (Silla) 00:03:11

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

5
Act I Scene 2: Recitative: S'ecclissa la mia gioia! (Metella, Lepido) 00:00:40

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

6
Act I Scene 2: Aria: Fuggon l'aure in me di vita (Metella) 00:04:34

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

7
Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Cieli, numi! che vidi? (Flavia, Lepido) 00:00:35

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

8
Act I Scene 3: Aria: Se ben tuona il ciel irato (Lepido) 00:02:59

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

9
Act I Scene 4: Recitative: Sin con lingua di foco (Celia, Flavia) 00:00:21

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

10
Act I Scene 4: Aria: Un sol raggio di speranza (Flavia) 00:05:15

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

11
Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Sino su li occhi miei (Celia, Claudio) 00:01:25

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist, MainArtist - Martina Belli, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

12
Act I Scene 5: Aria: Senti, bell'idol mio! (Claudio) 00:04:53

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Martina Belli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

13
Act I Scene 6: Sì, t'amo, oh caro (Celia) 00:00:17

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

14
Act I Scene 6: Aria: Se la speranza nudrisce il mio cor (Celia) 00:02:50

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

15
Act I Scene 7: Recitative: Silla, dov'e la gloria (Claudio, Silla) 00:01:24

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

16
Act I Scene 7: Aria: Con tromba guerriera (Claudio) 00:04:56

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Martina Belli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

Silla, HWV 10, Act II

17
Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Flavia! (Silla, Flavia) 00:00:59

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

18
Act II Scene 1: Aria: Qual scoglio in mezzo all'onde (Flavia) 00:02:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

19
Act II Scene 2: Recitative: T'arresta, altera! Ma pietoso Amore (Silla) 00:00:21

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

20
Act II Scene 2: Aria: Dolce nume de' mortali (Silla) 00:02:26

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

21
Act II Scene 3: Aria: Guerra, stragi e furor! (Il Dio) 00:01:48

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Luca Tittoto, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

22
Act II Scene 3: Guerra, stragi e furor! (Silla) 00:00:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

23
Act II Scene 5: Recitative: Silla! ove ti guida (Lepido, Silla) 00:01:15

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

24
Act II Scene 5: Aria: E tempo, oh luci belle (Silla) 00:03:49

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

25
Act II Scene 6: Recitative: Mio diletto, che pensi? (Flavia, Lepido) 00:00:57

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist, MainArtist - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

26
Act II Scene 6: Duet: Sol per te, bell'idol mio (Flavia, Lepido) 00:06:12

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist, MainArtist - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

DISC 2

Silla, HWV 10, Act II

1
Act II Scene 7: Recitative: Bella, lascia i sospiri! (Claudio, Celia) 00:01:07

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist, MainArtist - Martina Belli, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

2
Act II Scene 7: Aria: Mi brilla nel seno (Claudio) 00:02:51

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Martina Belli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

3
Act II Scene 8: Recitative: Mio bel nume, t'arresta! (Silla, Metella, Celia) 00:00:40

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

4
Act II Scene 8: Aria: Hai due vaghe pupillette (Metella) 00:02:33

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

5
Act II Scene 9: Recitative: Che miro, oh Dei? Qui Silla? (Flavia, Silla, Lepido) 00:01:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

6
Act II Scene 9: Recitative: Tanto ardisci (Silla) 00:00:32

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

7
Act II Scene 10: Duet: Ti lascio, idolo mio (Flavia, Lepido) 00:01:27

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist, MainArtist - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

8
Act II Scene 11: Recitative: Anima mia! (Claudio, Celia, Silla) 00:01:22

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist - Martina Belli, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

9
Act II Scene 12: Recitative: Scabro! Lepido sia (Silla, Scabro) 00:00:21

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

10
Act II Scene 12: Aria: La vendetta e un cibo al cor (Silla) 00:02:04

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

11
Act II Scene 13: Recitative: Oh! perfido consorte (Metella) 00:00:30

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

12
Act II Scene 14: Aria: Se'l mio mal da voi dipende (Claudio) 00:01:50

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Martina Belli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

13
Act II Scene 15: Recitative: Si, questi son trofei, pero imperfetti (Silla, Metella) 00:00:24

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

14
Act II Scene 16: Recitative: Deh! corri al tuo signore! (Silla, Metella) 00:00:21

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

15
Act II Scene 16: Recitative: T'affretta, oh Scabro (Metella) 00:00:19

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

16
Act II Scene 17: Aria: Secondate, oh giusti dei (Metella) 00:02:10

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

Silla, HWV 10, Act III

17
Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Quanto devo, oh Metella, al tuo cor generoso (Lepido, Metella) 00:00:47

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

18
Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Dunque partir deve (Metella, Lepido) 00:00:48

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

19
Act III Scene 2: Aria: Io non ti chiedo più, o sposo amato (Metella) 00:03:17

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

20
Act III Scene 3: Recitative: Al tua fedeltade, o caro amino (Lepido) 00:00:27

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

21
Act III Scene 3: Aria: Gia respira in petto i core (Lepido) 00:02:36

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

22
Act III Scene 4: Recitative: L'imperio quanto e pio vasto e più pesante (Silla) 00:00:43

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

23
Act III Scene 5: Recitative: Placasti, oh bella diva, il tuo rigore? (Silla, Celia) 00:01:04

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

24
Act III Scene 5: Aria: Sei gia morto, idolo mio (Celia) 00:03:51

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

25
Act III Scene 6: Recitative: Rimembranze funeste (Celia, Claudio) 00:01:32

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist, MainArtist - Martina Belli, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

26
Act III Scene 6: Aria: Luci belle, serene stelle (Claudio) 00:02:44

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Martina Belli, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

27
Act III Scene 7: Aria: Stelle rubelle, a torto moriro (Flavia) 00:03:47

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

28
Act III Scene 8: Recitative: Al fin, del mio rigore (Silla, Flavia) 00:01:09

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist, MainArtist - Sonia Prina, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

29
Act III Scene 8: Aria (da capo): Ma infelice sarie vivere (Flavia) 00:00:59

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

30
Act III Scene 9: Recitative: Spirto adorato, oh Dio! (Flavia, Lepido) 00:01:00

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist, MainArtist - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

31
Act III Scene 9: Brano strumentale 00:00:48

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

32
Act III Scene 10: Recitative: Metella, oh Dio! Qual sento (Silla, Metella) 00:01:02

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

33
Act III Scene 11: Recitative: Propizio arrida il cielo (Metella) 00:00:10

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

34
Act III Scene 12: Sinfonia - Recitative: Assistete, soccorrete (Metella) 00:01:18

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

35
Act III Scene 12: March 00:01:15

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

36
Act III Scene 12: Recitative: Pera la feritade! (Lepido, Claudio, All) 00:00:08

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist - Sonia Prina, Artist - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist - Luca Tittoto, Artist - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist - Martina Belli, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

37
Act III Scene 12: March 00:00:48

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

38
Act III Scene 12: Recitative: De' miei falli pentito (Silla) 00:01:00

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Sonia Prina, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

39
Act III Scene 12: Chi al trova tra procelle (All) 00:01:48

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor - Europa Galante, Orchestra - Vivica Genaux, Artist - Roberta Invernizzi, Artist - Sonia Prina, Artist - Sunhae Im, Artist, MainArtist - Luca Tittoto, Artist - Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artist - Martina Belli, Artist

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

Album Description

No opera from Handel is as enigmatic as Silla. This fourth London opera was composed in 1713; and that’s as far as our knowledge goes! The written music scores are incomplete and we have no information about any contemporary performance. The first Handel experts tried to find an explanation and agreed upon the theory that Silla was written for a private show in the household of the Count of Burlington, who was at the time the composer’s patron. Then, in 1969, the discovery of a glossary from June 1713 established a possible date of the first performance. The inclusion of an extravagant work dedicated to the Duke d’Aumont, a recently appointed French ambassador, suggests the possibility of a show organized by or for the Duke. That could explain not only the absence of an English translation in the glossary, which is unique about Handel’s London operas, but also the relative brevity of the work.



However, some problems remain unresolved. D’Aumont was a leading figure in the London life, and it seems rather unlikely that such an initiative would be ignored by the London press or forgotten by D’Aumont in his own writings. Was Silla played in 1713? As of yet, we can’t say for sure. There are further questions regarding the opera itself, in particular the choice of subject. This is indeed one of the rare historical operas from Handel concerned with Lucius Cornelius Silla’s end of life related by Plutarch; having seized Rome, this consul-come-tyran had his adversaries killed before retiring in a way as sudden as it was incredible in his country house to focus on his hobbies. It’s hard to imagine that this thread could fit an opera probably thought as a commemorative piece of an event of some sort: experts have been struggling to find answers and some have tried to discover an allegorical context. Apart from the theme, the quality and the meaning of the book have also been vehemently criticized. It’s significantly based on Italian cantatas from the composer’s youth and it’s interesting to notice that, as far as the style is concerned, the music goes back to a certain extent to his previous historical opera, Agrippina.



Although the absurdities from its book make it an unlikely candidate to find a place in the great operatic repertoire, Silla contains enough musical beauties. Let’s also remember that Handel was holding his work in enough regard to recycle a considerable part of it into his next opera, Amadigi di Gaula. © SM/Qobuz

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