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George Frideric Handel

  • German Arias
  • #1 "Künft'ger Zeiten eitler", HWV 202
  • #2 "Das zitternde Gänzen", HWV 203
  • #3 "Süsser blumen Ambraflöcken", HWV 204
  • #4 "Süsse Stille, sanfte Quelle", HWV 205
  • #5 "Singe Seele, Gott zum Preise", HV 206
  • #6 "Meine Seele hört im Sehen", HWV 207
  • #7 "Die ihr aus dunkeln Grüften", HWV 208
  • #8 "In den angenehmen", HWV 209
  • #9 "Flammende Rose, Zierde…", HWV 210
  • Sonata for Oboe & Continuo in F Major, Op. 1 #5, HWV 363a
  • Sonata for Oboe & Continuo in C minor, Op. 1 #8, HWV 366
  • Sonata for Oboe & Continuo #1 in B Flat Major, HWV 357
Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Alexandra Bellamy, oboe
Stephanie-Marie Degand, violin
Jonathan Cohen, cello
Lynda Sayce, theorbo
Robert King, harpsichord/chamber organ
The King's Consort
Recorded Menuhin Hall, Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey, 22-24 October 2006
Hyperion CDA67627 70:33 DDD
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This is truly a lovely disc, resplendent in all departments. Carolyn Sampson has a voice which can only be described as angelic with a firm steady lower register and quite ethereal top notes. She is evidently much in love with her Handel as these arias perennially demonstrate. Each is not longer than six minutes in total but all have that distinctly Handelian flair for operatic grandeur, especially the aptly titled 'Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise' which is extremely effective.

There are also three lovely sonatas for oboe which are thoughtfully interspersed between arias for what can only be termed as maximum effect. The B Flat Major one is particularly enticing with some fine playing from the bravura soloist Alexandra Bellamy, ably supported by Jonathan Cohen and Lynda Sace on cello and theorbo respectively. David Vickers provides studious and well structured notes to accompany these works which should be heard much more often. Yet another pure winner from the Hyperion stable of thoroughbreds.

Copyright © 2008, Gerald Fenech