20 April 2012

Travelogues of Italy

EAC | APE+CUE | Covers | 370 Mb
Date CD: 29 March 2010 | Winter & Winter | 76:19

The program offers a nice, quiet example of an evening of music that might have been heard in one of those Italian courts, with a variety of genres that fully exploit the small forces involved. At the center are the two cantatas, fine examples of his heated treatment of the theme of love. The larger of the two, Delirio Amoroso, HWV 99 (1707), brings out the best in Swedish soprano Susanne Rydén, who handles the combination of acrobatics and low-key chamber medium beautifully; some of her quiet high notes are worth the purchase price by themselves. This cantata is not well known, and its consistently eventful instrumental introduction is another highlight. Another creative force here is veteran Swiss oboist Katharina Suske, heard not only in the opening oboe concerto but also prominent in the other cantata Mi palpita il cor, HWV 132. The program is framed with instrumental works by Handel and Corelli, but where it goes beyond other Baroque recitals of this type is that the keyboardist also gets the chance to shine, in a muscular Scarlatti Toccata in D minor that fits nicely with the rest of the program. The sequence of pieces is interesting, and the playing, on historical instruments, has a nice relaxed feel. It's just not a "travelogue."

Handel - Concerto N° 3 in G minor for oboe, strings and b.c. (HWV 287)
Handel - Mi palpita il cor (HWV 132)
A.Scarlatti - Toccata in D minor for keyboard "d'ottava stesa"
Handel - Delirio Amoroso (HWV 99)
Corelli - Sonata N° 6 in A major for violin and b. c. (Op. 5)

Susanne Rydén [soprano]

Die Freitagsakademie

Katharina Suske [oboe, alto recorder]
Hélène Schmitt [violin]
Vitaly Shestakov [violin]
Lorenz Hasler [viola]
Bernhard Maurer [violoncello]
Jan Krigovsky [violone]
Jörg-Andreas Bötticher [harpsichord]
Jonathan Rubin [archlute, baroque guitar]

I'm beginning here to resurrect some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real thought behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the wind. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...

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