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London Calling - Handel and his contemporaries

Composer Arcangelo Corelli
Francesco Geminiani
George Frideric Handel
Francesco Maria Veracini
Performer Bjarte Eike
Rastko Roknic
Tuva Semmingsen
Bjarte Eike, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1997 SACD
EAN 7318599919973
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2012
Total time 76'15

“Die Mezzosopranistin Tuva Semmingsen hat eine technisch makellose, tiefe, satte, ausdrucksstarke und flexible Stimme.”; “Une production-phare.” Pizzicato; “Performances and recording on the new BIS recording are very good … a strong recommendation.” MusicWeb International

As the hub of a fledgling British Empire, London around 1710 was burgeoning with new wealth and offered the perfect setting for operatic entrepreneurs eager to spread the latest Italian fashions. It was thus a city of opportunity &&&for Handel, fresh from spending five years in Italy, but also for many other touring musicians including Arcangelo Corelli, Francesco Maria Veracini and Francesco Geminiani.
This recording unveils a portrait of the chameleon Handel, emerging in the panache of his early Italian-styled Amadigi, reaching maturity in the ‘English operatic’ Hercules and arriving finally in the perennial melodic grace of Theodora, his penultimate oratorio.
Extracts from these works, in which the young Norwegian mezzo-soprano Tuva Semmingsen displays both vocal agility and a wide-ranging emotional palette, are interspersed with instrumental works by Handel’s Italian contemporaries. Corelli’s Concerto grosso in D major, from the celebrated Opus 6, and Geminiani’s ‘La Follia’ in D minor – incidentally a reworking of Corelli’s famous violin sonata – both illustrate Italian instrumental music at its most sumptuous, in colourful and dynamic performances by the Norwegian period band Barokksolistene.
For further variety, the leader and artistic director of the ensemble, Bjarte Eike, also performs a chamber work by Veracini, who visited London regularly during some three decades in the early 18th century. The Sonata in A major was published in England in 1744, and it would be quite tempting to interpret the use in it of a Scottish tune, Tweed’s side, as merely a clever marketing device to charm a local audience, were it not that the tune, and the composition itself, was so attractive.
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  Georg Friedrich Handel (Händel)
  Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11 24'51
01 Sinfonia (Act 1) 4'04
02 Aria (Amadigi): T´amai, quant´il mio cor 5'16
03 Aria (Amadigi):Vado, corro al mio tesoro 3'06
  Arcangelo Corelli
  Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 4 9'54
04 I. Adagio – Allegro 3'31
05 II. Adagio 2'19
06 III. Vivace – Allegro – Allegro 4'04
  Georg Friedrich Handel (Händel)
  Hercules, HWV 60 8'55
07 Sinfonia (Act 3) 2'57
08 Recitativo accompagnato (Dejanira): Where shall I fly? 5'58
  Francesco Maria Veracini
  Sonata in A major for violin and continuo (Sonate accademiche, Op.2 No.9) 11'30
09 I. Allegro moderamente 4'04
10 II. Adagio 0'31
11 III. Scozzese. Un poco andante ed affettuoso – Largo – Un poco andante ed affettuoso 6'55
  Georg Friedrich Handel (Händel)
  Theodora, HWV 68
12 Air (Irene): As with rosy steps 7'56
  Francesco Geminiani
13 Concerto Grosso in D minor, No.12 (La Follia) 11'19
  Georg Friedrich Handel (Händel)
  Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11 24'51
14 Aria (Amadigi): O rendetemi il mio bene 6'01
15 Sinfonia (Act 3) 1'22
16 Aria (Amadigi): Sento la gioia 5'02
  Album total 76'15
Artistic director and leaderBjarte Eike
ComposerCorelli, Arcangelo
Geminiani, Francesco
Handel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
Veracini, Francesco Maria

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