George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Handel travelled to Italy sometime in 1706, and by the beginning of 1707 was in Rome. There the Cardinals Carlo Colonna and Benedetto Pamphili were among the influential patrons for whom Handel provided compositions. While his first commissions were sacred works, he was soon composing secular cantatas. One of the first was Il delirio amoroso, a substantial setting for soprano, recorder, 3 violins, viola, cello and continuo of a text by Cardinal Pamphili. From May 1707, Handel was receiving the patronage of the Marchese Francesco Ruspoli, for whom he was to provide secular cantatas for his weekly musical gatherings. His association with Ruspoli continued on and off until the end of 1708, and during this time Handel composed over 50 cantatas for this patron, as well as some church works. Among those in the service of Ruspoli was the soprano Margherita Durastanti, and many of the cantatas Handel wrote at this time must have been performed by her. She remained one of Handel's favourite singers, for whom he was to write many operatic roles. The last season in which she sang for him was that of 1733-34. Cantatas were much in demand from those patrons who promoted musical performances for their own musical circles (and between whom there was some rivalry). One factor creating the demand was the Papal ban on the performance of opera in Rome at this period.

Han 01 Cuopre tal volto il Cielo
Han 02 Spande ancor a mio dispetto
Han 03 Nell'Africane selve; Dalla guerra amorosa
Han 04 Four Cantatas from Rome, 1707
Han 05A Languia di bocca lusinghiera
Han 06 O Ruddier than the Cherry!
Han 07 Four Duets - I
Han 08 Four Duets - II
Han 09 Two Arias from Eccheggiate, festeggiate (HWV 119)
Han 10 Ah! spietato! Recit. and Aria from Amadigi
Han 11 Three Arias from Solomon
Han 12 Oh! that I on wings could rise
Han 13 Welcome as the Dawn of Day
Han 14 Aria: Ombre, piante
Han 15 O Numi eterni! (La Lucretia)
Han 16 Mi palpita il cor (HWV 132b)
Han 17 Armida abbandonata
Han 18 Nel dolce dell'oblio
Han 19 Un'alma innamorata

CVR 3195 Three Arias for Alto Voice & Trumpet
CVR 3196 Three Arias for Tenor & Trumpet
CVR 3205 Three Arias for Soprano & Trumpet
CVR 3206 Three Arias for Bass Voice & Trumpet
CVR 3207 Eternal Source of Light Divine
CVR 3208 Eternal Source of Light Divine
CVR 3843 Eternal Source of Light Divine

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