Started by Tancata, July 10, 2007, 01:25:37 PM
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Quote from: Elgarian Redux on October 01, 2022, 12:24:25 AMFor some unaccountable reason I haven't listened to much Handel for quite a while - probably I overdosed in 2011 or something - but anyway, recently I started listening to the early cantatas again (eg the Glossa series) and was once more blown away.Having been Handeliously reinvigorated, I wondered if I'd missed out on any recent releases of the cantatas, found a few, and ordered them. In consequence, here and now, I'd like to have a quiet rave about this Great Treasure:The disc starts with a huge advantage: it contains both Notte placido e cheta, and Armida abbandonata, each of which contains a slow aria that can melt the soul. Listening to 'Ah Crudele!', or 'Zeffiretti, deh venite' takes me to places that no other music can reach. Imagine you're inside a painting by Claude Lorraine - one of those autumnal Italian landscapes with ruins and shepherds. The evening is mild, all is right with the world (apart from a certain gentle existential sadness). There's a gentle wind blowing in, and if you listen closely, the music it's carrying with it, tinkling down through the air, is one of those two above-named arias.The singer is Roberta Mameli. She sings with a soft vibrato that seems to evoke this sort of imagery. I know vibrato often divides people significantly, but all I can say is, Mameli sounds perfect to me. If there were a pipe to Heaven, through which music could come to us, this is the music I'd expect to hear coming out of it. I can't recommend this highly enough.
Quote from: Jo498 on October 01, 2022, 12:48:45 AMIf you haven't heard it and it is still findable, try the two cantata discs with Maria Zadori (on Brilliant, originally Hungaroton). There is one duo piece with a male alto I like considerably less (duello amoroso or sth.) but the others are all very good, also incl. Notte placida, Delirio amoroso and Ero e Leandro (maybe not the exact title but it's Hero's grief after Leander drowned.
Quote from: Florestan on October 01, 2022, 07:06:37 AMFor the Italian cantatas I have the Fabio Bonizzoni series on Glossa --- and am perfectly happy with it.
Quote from: Elgarian Redux on October 01, 2022, 10:57:11 AMVery understandable. They are truly wonderful. But what I've discovered about these cantatas is that I can't get enough of them - and to be able to listen to, let's say, Notte placido, sung by Invernizzi one day, Mameli the next, and Zadori after that, generates the sort of wonderment that even kings and queens from the past could never have known. I was trying in an earlier post to describe the effect they create by thinking of a Claude Lorrain painting: And when I listen, I find myself imagining a sort of numinous sparkle in the evening air, and experiencing a kind of longing, as if the 17th, 18th and 21st centuries might actually be closer to each other than one might think.
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