Handel: Arias / Zomer, Schneemann

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Label: Channel Classics
Catalog: CCSSA29209

Johannette Zomer, soprano; Bart Schneemann, oboe, Musica Amphion

G.F. Handel: Arias • Chi t’intende? Berenice’s aria from ‘Berenice’ • Morirò Medea’s aria from ‘Teseo’ • Concerto a quattro • Lascia ch’io pianga Almirena’s aria from ‘Rinaldo’ • Oboe concerto in G minor • Ah! Spietato Melissa’s aria from ‘Amadigi’ • Cantate fragment ‘Languia di bocca lusinghiera’ • Dolce riposo Medea’s aria from ‘Teseo’ • Io sperai Bellezza’s aria from ‘Il trionfo del Tempo’ • Scherza infida! Ariodante’s aria from ‘Ariodante’ • Cantata ‘Mi palpita il cor’ - Adagio/Aria • Introduzione from cantata ‘Delirio amoroso’ • Caro, vieni a me Costanza’s aria from ‘Riccardo Primo’

Handel, a child of his time, was fascinated by the poignant human dramas and emotions exemplified by Greek and Roman classical myths, dramas, and poetry. A theatre composer to his very bones, he devoted himself to the portrayal of human psychology. He had a special interest in those moments when the human psyche is at its most vulnerable: moments of indecision, struggle, despair, fury, abandonment, betrayal, unhappy love, conflict with friends, enemies, and fate, or longing for the oblivion of death. The oboe was an instrument especially beloved by Händel. It is the unifying element in the anthology of arias and cantatas recorded here.

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