Handel: Italian Cantatas

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Handel: Italian Cantatas
Carlotta Colombo, Maria Dalia Albertini, Marta Fumagalli, Roberto Balconi

[ Brilliant Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 17 June 2022

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Georg Frideric Handel (1685-1759) had probably encountered Gian Gastone de' Medici, son of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, in Hamburg at some point before heading south to Italy, where he arrived in August 1706, staying in Florence as a guest of Ferdinando de' Medici. Keen to acquire new creative inspiration, the following year the composer decided to visit Rome, where a number of powerful patrons chose to support him, including Cardinals Benedetto Pamphilj and Pietro Ottoboni. It was in Rome that Handel first composed oratorios. In the summer of 1707, he returned briefly to Florence to stage his first Italian opera, Rodrigo. He was soon back in Rome, however, finding the atmosphere there particularly stimulating for the production of his secular cantatas.

Handel's numerous cantatas on Italian librettos largely use one, two or three voices with basso continuo and instrumental accompaniment. Many of them embody elements relating to dramatic structure that were to characterize the arias and scenes of the grand operas he staged during his career in England. The subjects of the Rome cantatas tend to be pastoral, Arcadian, amorous or on occasions celebrative.

This new recording presents the cantatas Diana Cacciatrice HWV79, Alpestre Monte HWV81, Tu fedel? Tu costante? HWV171 and Olinto pastore, Tebro fiume, Gloria HWV143. Music of great power, charm and drama, blessed with Handel's melodic genius.

Sung by three excellent Italian singers Carlotta Colombo (soprano), Maria Dalia Albertini (soprano) and Marta Fumagalli (contralto). Roberto Balconi directs the ensemble Fantazyas, playing on authentic instruments. The same forces already recorded for Brilliant Classics works by Duni, Ghizzolo and Caccini, which was nominated for the prestigious Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.


Diana Cacciatrice HWV79
Alpestre Monte HWV81
Tu fedel? Tu Costante HWV171
Olinto pastore
arcade alle glorie del Tebro HWV143