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Audio Samples

  1. Handel, G.F. — Notte Placida e Cheta, HWV 142: Recitative: Notte Placida e Cheta - Aria: Zeffiretti, Deh Venite $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel, G.F. — Notte Placida e Cheta, HWV 142: Recitative: Momento Fortunato - Aria: Per un Istante $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel, G.F. — Notte Placida e Cheta, HWV 142: Accompagnato: Ma Gia Sento Che Spande - Aria: Luci Belle, Vaghe Stelle $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel, G.F. — Concerto a 4 In D Major (attrib. G.F.Telemann): I. Con Contento $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel, G.F. — Concerto a 4 In D Major (attrib. G.F.Telemann): II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel, G.F. — Concerto a 4 In D Major (attrib. G.F.Telemann): III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel, G.F. — Concerto a 4 In D Major (attrib. G.F.Telemann): IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel, G.F. — Dunque Sara Pur Vero, HWV 110, "Agrippina Condotta a Morire": Recitative: Dunque Sara Ur Vero $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel, G.F. — Dunque Sara Pur Vero, HWV 110, "Agrippina Condotta a Morire": Aria: Renda Cenere Il Tiranno $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel, G.F. — Dunque Sara Pur Vero, HWV 110, "Agrippina Condotta a Morire": Recitative: Si, Si, del Gran Tiranno $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel, G.F. — Dunque Sara Pur Vero, HWV 110, "Agrippina Condotta a Morire": Aria and Recitative: Come, O Dio! - Forsenneta … - Si, Si … - Incanta … - Cada Lac $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel, G.F. — Dunque Sara Pur Vero, HWV 110, "Agrippina Condotta a Morire": Aria: Se Infelice Al Mondo Vissi! - Ma Vendetta Almen Faro $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel, G.F. — Dunque Sara Pur Vero, HWV 110, "Agrippina Condotta a Morire": Aria: Su Lacerate Il Seno $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel, G.F. — Dunque Sara Pur Vero, HWV 110, "Agrippina Condotta a Morire": Recitative: Ecco a Morte Gia Corro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Notte placida e cheta, cantata, HWV 142
>Handel, George Frideric : Un' alma innamorata, cantata, HWV 173
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto a quattro, for recorder, violin, bassoon & continuo in D minor (doubtful)
>Handel, George Frideric : Figlio d'alte speranze, cantata for soprano, HWV 113
>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina condotta a morire (Dunque sara pur vero), cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 1
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Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times
Emma Kirkby, a seasoned Handelian, brings her considerable artistry to bear on some of [Handel's] most bold, moving and exciting music. Occasionally, particularly in the tragic 'Agrippina condotta a morire', one yearns for slightly darker shades than her naturally sunny voice can provide. Even so, here and in 'Notte placida e cheta', 'Un' alma innamorata' and 'Figlio d'alte speranze', she and the [musicians] of London Baroque relish to the full the dramatic genius destined shortly to take London by storm.

BBC Music Magazine
Emma Kirkby... sings four solo cantatas... These showpieces make immense technical demands... But splendid though such displays are, it is her sense of characterisation which sets her apart. She can 'rejoice, laugh and hope' with palpable rapture (Un' alma innamorata, HWV173), change mood like quicksilver in the great Scena of Agrippina (HWV110) where the queen, condemned to death by her own son, swings schizophrenically from inconsolable despair to furious anger. Outstanding.

Gramophone Magazine
Emma Kirkby... is on superb form. Her interpretative intelligence and attention to words are a given but she can also catch a subtle mood, as in "Quel povero core" from Un' alman innamorata, whose sense of resigned torment is enhanced by a sensitive contribution from the solo violin.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The largest single legacy of Handel's years in Italy (in his early twenties) were around 100 chamber cantatas, from which Emma Kirkby and London Baroque have picked out four excellent examples from the 30 or so featuring one or two violins alongside the solo voice and continuo. In this they face strong competition from La Risonanza's series with Italian singers on Glossa, but the clash does no damage to either group as both have distinct virtues. For some, of course, the presence of Emma Kirkby will be enough to seal the deal, and indeed she is on superb form. Early on there are a few signs of a lack of her usual instrumental precision; but by the time she is showing off her artless virtuosity in the final aria of Figlio d'alte speranze and striding easily through 'Orrida, oscura', the first aria of the compellingly dramatic Agrippina condottaa morire, all worries have long been banished... The recorded sound, as often in London Baroque's recordings for BIS, is strangely resonant and steely. The 'Concerto a quattro' included here is claimed as a Handel work in its German 18th-century source but sounds like nothing of the kind.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Notte placida e cheta, cantata, HWV 142
  • Performer: Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: London Baroque
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Un' alma innamorata, cantata, HWV 173
  • Performer: Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: London Baroque
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto a quattro, for recorder, violin, bassoon & continuo in D minor (doubtful)
  • Performer: Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: London Baroque
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Handel, George Frideric : Figlio d'alte speranze, cantata for soprano, HWV 113
  • Performer: Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: London Baroque
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina condotta a morire (Dunque sarà pur vero), cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 1
  • Performer: Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: London Baroque
  • Notes: Composition written: 1708.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708