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Handel: Complete Cantatas, Vol. 1

Notes & Reviews:

Handel's cantatas represent an important but until recently little-known area of his work. Even now newly discovered works are found and performed to much excitement in the media and among lovers of Handel's music. Marco Vitale is recording the first ever complete cycle of these cantatas. He has returned both to Handel's manuscripts, where they are extant, and to many of the intervening manuscripts. He has also taken decisions on the pitch of these recordings as a result of his research into the different tunings that were standard in Rome and Venice at the time of the works' composition. This was showcased in his successful recording of Handel's early Roman oratorio, La Resurrezione, which received a glowing review in Gramophone and many other specialist musical publications. Many of the cantatas have never been recorded before and this release is sure to generate considerable interest both in itself and as the first volume of a groundbreaking project. These are new recordings made in 2009.

Gramophone Magazine
Stefanie True sings with an appealing naturalness... Vitale nurtures soft and warm sonorities from his band, and the Minuet possesses the full flavour of a courtly ballet. Vitale and cellist Marta Semkiw perform fluent and sensitive accompaniments in the three continuo cantatas...


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