Handel & Vivaldi - Cantatas & Sonatas
ASV Gaudeamus CD GAU 211
Texts & Translations included
Total Playing Time: 66:46

"Handel Compar'd"
Cantatas & Sonatas

The Four Nations Ensemble
Andrew Appel, harpsichord & director
Ryan Brown, violin
Loretta O'Sullivan, cello
Matthew White, alto


George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Cantata - Mi palpita il cor (My heart beats)
Violin Sonata in D Op.1, No.13

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Cantata - Qual per ignoto calle (As on some unknown route)
Cello Sonata in B flat
Double Violin Sonata in D minor Op.1, No.12
Sonata in C minor for violin & cello

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"...a recommendable disc..." --- Early Music Review

"...rich and warm tone...a storm of vituosity..." --- Gramophone

"...an ingenious disc. Who is the winner? Definitely The Four Nations Ensemble." --- International Record Review
Here is the second in a unique series in which the music of Handel is compared with and contrasted to that of his contemporary rivals. The differences between Handel and Vivaldi are fascinatingly revealed in Andrew Appel's judicious choice of cantatas and sonatas by both masters. The contesting cantatas are Handel's popular, arcadian Mi palpita il cor, and Vivaldi's rarely heard and extraordinarily virtuosic piece, Qual per ignoto calle. Both feature the remarkable young Canadian alto Matthew White.

The finest of Handel's Violin Sonatas (the familiar D major, Op.1 No.13) is set against three from Vivaldi: his famous version of La Follia for two violins, the magnificent B flat Cello Sonata, and a seldom heard trio sonata for violin, cello and continuo - altogether an entertaining, and enlightening, Baroque concert. The Four Nations Ensemble's companion disc "The Rivals" was warmly praised by the critics.

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