Today, it is difficult to imagine a world without the music of Handel. His operas, however, were already looked over even in the composer’s lifetime. Virtuosic and bristling with difficulties, his multithreaded works in the Neapolitan style quickly went out of fashion, and over time they have been almost completely forgotten. Only the twentieth century cracked open the doors to this extraordinary music, whetted the appetites of music lovers with performances of the most daring arias. There is nothing surprising in this - Handel’s sense of opera was incomparable, as evidenced by not only the ease of writing subsequent stage works, but also an exceptional talent for portraying human emotions with music.
What we find so attractive in the music of Handel is the powerful emotional charge, making it timeless. What are actually the most successful arias from his operas, if not the musical essence of various shades of infatuation, hatred, despair or joy? Even though characters of the tacks mentioned in this recording come from distant times and spaces, their feelings still resonate with contemporary listeners, allowing a deeper insight into the full mysterious dynamics of love.
These arias are performed by Natalia Kawalek and Jakub Jozef Orlinski, two young opera stars.
Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
„A dispetto d’un volto ingrato” – aria of Tamerlano from opera Tamerlano
„Amor e qual vento” – aria of Dorinda from opera Orlando
„Troppo oltraggi la mia fede” – duetto of Romilda with Arsamenes from opera Serse
„Furibondo spira il vento” – aria of Arsace from opera Partenope
„Stille amare” – recitativo and aria of Teseo from opera Teseo
„Volate Amori” – aria of Ginevra from opera Ariodante
„Io t’abbraccio” – duetto of Rodelinda and Bertarido from opera Rodelinda
„Furie terribili” – arioso of Armida from opera Rinaldo
„Fermati!” – duetto of Armida and Rinaldo from opera Rinaldo
„Dove sei, amato bene?” – aria of Bertarido from opera Rodelinda
„Vo far guerra” – aria of Armida from opera Rinaldo
„Addio! mio caro bene” – duetto of Arcane and Clizia from Opera Teseo
Natalia Kawałek (mezzo-soprano),
Jakub Józef Orliński (counter-tenor),
Il Giardino d’Amore,
Recorded at the Corpus Christi Basilica in Cracow, Poland, August 24-26, 2016.