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Handel - Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, Apollo e Dafne , Concerto for Oboe in G minor (Nicholas McGegan)

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Handel - Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, Apollo e Dafne , Concerto for Oboe in G minor (Nicholas McGegan)

Handel - Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, Apollo e Dafne , Concerto for Oboe in G minor (Nicholas McGegan)
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CD1:76’21; CD2: 52’10 | October 14, 2003 | Harmonia Mundi

George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759): Italian Cantatas “Clori, Tirsi e Fileno” and “Apollo e Dafne”. Oboe Concerto in G Minor. Performed by various soloists and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, directed from the harpsichord by Nicholas McGegan.
Apollo e Dafne and the Oboe Concerto were recorded in February, 1985, at Old St. Hilary’s, Tiburon, California.
Harmonia Mundi HMX 2907348.49. Apollo e Dafne and the Oboe Concerto were originally published as HMC 905157 in 1985 and were re-issued as HMA 1905157 in 1996. Clori, Tirsi e Fileno was originally released in 1992 as HMU 907045.
As far as I can tell, Handel’s dramatic cantata “Apollo e Dafne” (presumably written in 1709 during the composer’s stay at Rome) and his oboe concerto (usually dated 1703, when Handel was still working at the theatre in Hamburg) were the first of a long series of recordings to be made by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for Harmonia Mundi. Together they reach a total time of 52’10” and would have fit nicely on an LP (the earlier issues divided the libretto up into “Side A” and “Side B”. Listening to them again after many years, there are two things which immediately call attention to themselves. One is the beautiful, silvery quality of the strings and woodwind played so enthusiastically by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, which included as soloists such illustrious names as Michael Sand, violin, Susan Napper, violoncello, Janet See, transverse flute, and Bruce Haynes, oboe. In particular, it is the sound of Bruce Haynes’s wooden period oboe which dominates the recording and delights the listener over and over again, although not to the detriment of the other instruments. Nicholas McGegan’s leadership is obvious in the comparatively fast tempi; the sound of the orchestra as a whole is not quite as refined as it came to be some years later.
The second thing that becomes fairly obvious is how much the quality of the vocals falls behind what would be possible today (20 years on). Apollo is sung by David Thomas, an early music stalwart whose bass has a large range, but whose timbre is problematical, to say the least. He tends to sing the faster, more exciting passages with stentorian strength, his voice often sounding a little hoarse, while the tender aria “Cara pianta, co’ miei pianti” at the end of the cantata just sounds as though he had decided to turn down the volume somewhat. David Thomas made some beautiful recordings for Decca and Hyperion (often partnering the divine Emma Kirkby), but here his gruff vocals make one yearn for some of today’s singers (such as Laurent Naouri). Dafne is sung by Judith Nelson, who is probably best-known for her rendition of the Soprano I arias in Christopher Hogwood’s 1977 recording of Handel’s “Messiah”. By 1985, her voice was quite obviously the worse for wear, and there is some strain audible on the high notes.


Performer:
Clori, Tirsi e Fileno – Cantata a tre
Clori - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (soprano)
Tirsi - Jill Feldman (soprano)
Fileno - Drew Minter (countertenor)
Paul O’Dette - archlute
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Director – Nicholas McGegan
Apollo e Dafne – Cantata for soprano, bass, flute, oboe, bassoon, strings and basso continuo
Judith Nelson – soprano
David Thomas – bass
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Director – Nicholas McGegan
Concerto for Oboe in G Minor
Bruce Haynes - oboe
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Director – Nicholas McGegan

Track List:
CD1:
Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96
Prima parte
1. Ouverture
2. Aria (Tirsi): Cor fedele
3. Recitativo (Tirsi): Povero Tirsi
4. Aria (Tirsi): Quell'erbetta
5. Recitativo (Tirsi): Se il guardo
6. Aria (Clori): Va col canto
7. Recitativo (Clori, Tirsi): Dubbio così
8. Aria (Fileno): Sai perché
9. Recitativo (Clori): Vezzoso pastorello
10. Aria (Clori): Conosco che mi piace
11. Recitativo (Fileno, Clori): Dunque sperano in vano
12. Aria (Fileno): Son come quel nocchiero
13. Recitativo (Clori, Tirsi, Fileno): S'altra pace
14. Duetto (Clori, Fileno): Scherzano sul tuo volto
Seconda parte
15. Duetto (Clori, Tirsi): Fermati!
16. Recitativo (Tirsi): Creder d'un ange
17. Aria (Tirsi): Tra le fere
18. Recitativo (Clori): Tirsi, mio caro Tirsi
19. Aria (Clori): Barbaro!
20. Recitativo (Tirsi, Clori): Pur cederti, mi è forza
21. Aria (Clori): Amo Tirsi, ed a Fileno
22. Recitativo (Fileno): Va, fidati e promessa
23. Aria (Fileno): Povera fedeltà
24. Recitativo (Tirsi): Non ti stupir
25. Aria (Tirsi): Un sospiretto
26. Recitativo (Fileno): Tirsi, amico e compagno
27. Aria (Fileno): Come la rondinella
28. Recitativo (Clori, Tirsi, Fileno): Così, felici e avventurosi amanti
29. Terzetto (Fileno, Tirsi, Clori): Vivere e non amar
CD2:
Apollo e Dafne
1. Overture
2. Recitative: La terra e liberata / Aria: Pende il ben
3. Recitative: Ch'il superbetto Amore / Aria: Spezza l'arco
4. Aria: Felicissima quest'alma
5. Recitative: Che voce! Che belta!
6. Aria: Ardi, adori
7. Recitative: Che crudel! / Duo: Una guerra ho dentro il seno
8. Recitative: Placati al fin, o cara / Aria: Come rosa in su la spina
9. Recitative: Ah! ch'un Dio / Aria: Come in ciel benigna stella
10. Recitative: Odi la mia ragion / Duo: Deh! lascia addolcire
11. Recitative: Sempre t'adorero / Aria: Mie piante correte
12. Aria: Cara pianta, co' miei pianti
Concerto for Oboe in G Minor
13. I. Grave
14. II. Allegro
15. III. Largo
16. IV. Allegro

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