Gaudeamus CD GAU 192
Texts & Translations included
Total Playing Time: 59:00
Four Nations Ensemble
Andrew Appel, harpsichord & director
Ryan Brown, violin
Loretta O'Sullivan, cello
Christine Brandes, soprano
Geoffrey Burgess, oboe
George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Sonata for Violin & Basso Continuo in F major, Op. 1 No. 12
Cantata - Languia di bocca lusinghiera
- Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise
- Meine Seele hört im Sehen
- Süsse Stille, sanfte Quelle
Nicolo Porpora (1686 - 1768)
Sonata for Cello & Basso Continuo in G major
Cantata - D'amore il primo dardo
Aria - Quanti affani
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performances are delectable." --- Early
". . . well recorded, and enjoyable..." --- Gramophone
"The Rivals" gives a unique opportunity to compare the young Handel
with his main competitor on the London musical scene of the early
18th century. For Porpora, the greatest singing teacher of the age,
vocal elegance with sweet musical simplicity was the only choice.
His music has a natural beauty that is well worth hearing today.
He is represented by a graciously melodic cantata, an elegantly
song-like cello sonata and a typical aria-transcription for violin.
None are otherwise recorded.
Handel, the true Baroque composer, matches him with an early masterpiece
of a violin sonata, with three German arias from the 1720s, and
- especially valuable - the only recording of a cantata fragment
Languia di Bocca Lusigniera, showing a young genius nearing
mastery. The splendid Four Nations Ensemble has already shown its
enterprise with two CDs of Schobert Sonatas.
Here the ensemble is enhanced by the silvery-toned soprano of Christine
Brandes, and oboist Geoffrey Burgess.