Handel - German Arias and Trio Sonatas (2017)



Both in his own time and after his death, George Frideric Handel’s outstanding reputation as a composer has rested mainly on the grandly stirring gestures of his most public works: the operas and oratorios he composed for the theatres of Georgian London. Nevertheless, Handel’s oeuvre includes a substantial body of chamber music, including some of the most satisfying and beautiful secular music of the period. Handel’s considerable collection of vocal works reveals a preference for texts in Italian and English, with very few works in his native German. Indeed Handel virtually abandoned German texts after 1708, with two notable exceptions: a Passion setting and a set of nine songs, both on texts by his friend, the enlightened poet and town Councillor Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680- 1747). Not only did the two men share a Hamburg connection, but Brockes had studied at the University of Halle between 1702 and 1704, coinciding with Handel’s registered period of study there. Brockes held weekly concerts in his apartment at Halle, and perhaps these were the catalyst for his cultivating a lasting friendship with Handel. Around 1716 Handel composed a setting of Brockes’s Passion oratorio Der fu?r die Su?nde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus. In 1721, Brockes’s collection of poems Irdisches Vergnu?gen in Gott, bestehend in Physicalisch- und Moralischen Gedichten was published at Hamburg. They follow the main theme of God’s abundant goodness as evident from the joy and beauty to be found in nature. Arranged into ariosos, arias, duets, and with introductory or linking texts ideal for recitative, Brockes clearly wished to encourage musical settings of his poetry. The publication was popular, and successively revised and enlarged.

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Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire.

Concert venues include Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam),Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York). The numerous residencies Florilegium have held over the years include being the first period instrument Ensemble-in-Residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. This Residency was for three seasons and involved the group performing several series of concerts each year and becoming actively involved in the Hall’s education work. Since September 2008 they have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music in London, where they are responsible for coaching 18th century baroque chamber music. Their over twenty recordings for Channel Classics have been awarded many prizes including a Gramophone Award nomination, Editor’s Choice from Gramophone, Diapasons d’Or and Chocs de la Musique. Florilegium’s cd of Telemann’s Paris Quartets Vol 2 received the Classical Internet Award from Classicstoday.com. The Bach Cantatas disc with Johannette Zomer was awarded a 2008 Edison Award, Dutch music’s most prestigious prize. The second volume of Baroque Music from Bolivian Missions was nominated for a 2008 bbc Music Magazine award, and bbc Music Magazine selected volume 3 as Disc of the Month for April 2010. A disc of music by Pergolesi was released in May 2010 and was bbc Music Magazine’s cd choice in the vocal category in July 2010. Future recordings include Florilegium’s arrangements of Bach’s Organ Trio Sonatas, and a recording of Couperin’s Les Nations.

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Handel - German Arias and Trio Sonatas (2017)




(…) Die kanadisch-britische Sopranistin Gilian Keith gestaltet die Da-Capo-Arien mit einem Vibrato in der Stimme, das natürlich aus ihrer Sprache fließt. Mühelos und mit Samtglanz in allen Lagen bettet sie in die melodienverträumten Kantilenen Triller und Verzierungen und tritt in einem Selbstverständnis wechselweise mit der Flöte oder Violine in einen Dialog, als sei sie eben nur das andere Instrument. Fürsorglich umspielt werden die Melodieführer von der Continuo-Gruppe. (…) Die Interpretation durch das Ensemble Florilegium begeistert durch ihre Frische, Leichtigkeit und hinreißende Souveränität.

    BBC Music Magazine

Ashley Solomon and his Florilegium ensemble ring the changes between flute and violin, interspersing groups of arias with chamber instrumental pieces by Händel played with their customary refinement and expressive intimacy.

    Fono Forum

(...) Philippens profiliert sich als technisch versierte Geigerin, feingefühlig begibt sie sich auf die Suche nach den Facetten romantischer Klanglichkeit.


(...) ein wundervolles Beispeil dafür das Flöte, Geige, Cello und Cembalo volkommen ausreichen, um dies vokalen Juwele zu optimaler Wirkung zu bringen. (...)


Aangename muziek door musici (…) die hecht samenspelen, helder opgenomen door Jared Sacks en de zijnen.

Marjolein Sengers

    Classics Today

(...) it’s hard not to be charmed by her (Gillian Keith) straightforward style and youthful tone and temperament (...)

Handel - German Arias and Trio Sonatas (2017)



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