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The Sixteen Edition - Handel: Italian Cantatas / Thomas

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina condotta a morire (Dunque sara pur vero), cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 1
>Handel, George Frideric : Pensieri notturni di filli (Nel dolce dell'oblio), cantata for soprano, recorder & continuo, HWV 134
>Handel, George Frideric : Tu fedel? Tu constante?, cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 171
>Handel, George Frideric : Dietro l'orme fuggaci, HWV 105 "Armida abbandonata"

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina condotta a morire (Dunque sara pur vero), cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 1
>Handel, George Frideric : Pensieri notturni di filli (Nel dolce dell'oblio), cantata for soprano, recorder & continuo, HWV 134
>Handel, George Frideric : Tu fedel? Tu constante?, cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 171
>Handel, George Frideric : Dietro l'orme fuggaci, HWV 105 "Armida abbandonata"
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded live at The Sixteen's handel in Oxford Festival, 2006, Elin Manahan Thomas gives a performance of captivating communication and sparkling intelligence in these stunning and contrasting Handel cantatas, bringing to life the world of four women, all of whom have been betrayed by love and its deceitful charms. One of Wales's leading young sopranos, Elin Manahan Thomas first received great acclaim for her 'Pie Jesu' on an award-winning recording of the Rutter Requiem, and was most recently praised as soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion at Cadogan hall and the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. This year will see her be the first soprano ever to record Bach's Alles mit Gott, a birthday ode written in 1713 and discovered in 2005 in Weimar. Early on, she won a choral scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge, with whose famous choir she was a regular soloist on their many CDs, on tours, and also on their BBC Radio 3 Evensong broadcasts. 800413002420

BBC Music Magazine
Elin Manahan Thomas is excellent in the lyrical/poignant moments, but is, as yet, not impassioned enough for Handel's powerful emotions.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina condotta a morire (Dunque sarà pur vero), cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 1
  • Performers: Elin Thomas (Soprano); Miles Golding (Violin); Walter Reiter (Violin); Joseph Crouch (Cello); David Miller (Theorbo); Katy Bircher (Flute); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1708.
  • Running Time: 24 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Pensieri notturni di filli (Nel dolce dell'oblio), cantata for soprano, recorder & continuo, HWV 134
  • Performers: Miles Golding (Violin); Walter Reiter (Violin); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Elin Thomas (Soprano); Katy Bircher (Flute); David Miller (Theorbo)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1709
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Tu fedel? Tu constante?, cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 171
  • Performers: Miles Golding (Violin); Walter Reiter (Violin); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Elin Thomas (Soprano); David Miller (Theorbo); Katy Bircher (Flute)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Dietro l'orme fuggaci, HWV 105 "Armida abbandonata"
  • Performers: Elin Thomas (Soprano); Katy Bircher (Flute); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Miles Golding (Violin); David Miller (Theorbo); Walter Reiter (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1707
  • Studio/Live: Live