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Handel : Silla

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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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Silla, HWV 10 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

1
Overture
Fabio Biondi
00:03:42

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

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

2
March
Fabio Biondi
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 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

3
Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Silla, s'oggi risplende (Metella, Lepido, Silla)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Sonia Prina
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Roberta Invernizzi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Roberta Invernizzi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

17
Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Flavia! (Silla, Flavia)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Roberta Invernizzi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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

1
Act II Scene 7: Recitative: Bella, lascia i sospiri! (Claudio, Celia)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Roberta Invernizzi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

17
Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Quanto devo, oh Metella, al tuo cor generoso (Lepido, Metella)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
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)
Fabio Biondi
00:03:51

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

(C) 2017 Glossa (P) 2017 Glossa

Album review

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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