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Handel Italian Cantatas - Elin Manahan Thomas

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2007

Originally recorded in 2007


Principals from The Symphony of Harmony and Invention

Elin Manahan Thomas



Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford

16 Sept 2006


Raphael Mouterde


Mike Hatch

Record Label
Coro Records


Orchestral & Concertos

Early Music

Total Time - 65:04
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1 Recit: Dunque sarà pur vero 1:05
2 Aria: Orrida, oscura l'etra 3:03
3 Recit: Ma pria che d'empia morte 0:57
4 Aria: Renda cenere il tiranno 2:35
5 Recit: Sì, sì, del gran tiranno 1:17
6 Arioso: Come, o Dio 6:20
7 Aria: Se infelice al mondo vissi 6:08
8 Recit: Trema l'ingrato figlio 1:02
9 Aria: Su lacerate il seno 2:28

Nel Dolce Dell'obblio


Tu Fedel? Tu Costante?

11 Sonata& recit: Tu fedel? 3:24
12 Aria: Cento belle ami Fileno 5:19
13 Recit: L'occhio nero vivace 0:53
14 Aria: Se Licori, Fili ed io 1:29
15 Recit: Ma, se non hai più 0:45
16 Aria: Se non ti piace amarmi 4:06
17 Recit: Ma il tuo genio incostante 0:49
18 Aria: Sì crudel, ti lascierò 1:09

Armida Abbandonata

19 Recit: Dietro l'orme fugaci 1:03
20 Aria: Ah, crudele! 4:47
21 Recit: Per te mi struggo, infido 0:26
22 Recit: O voi, dell' incostante 0:51
23 Aria: Venti, fermate, sì 2:30
24 Recit: Ma che parlo, che dico? 0:53
25 Aria: In tanti affanni miei 4:13

Recorded live at The Sixteen’s Handel in Oxford Festival, 2006, Elin Manahan Thomas gives a performance of captivating communication and sparkling intelligence in these stunning and contrasting Handel Cantatas, bringing to life the world of four women, all of whom have been betrayed by love and its deceitful charms.

Agrippina, sister of Caligula and wife of Claudius, vacillates from fiery monarch in outrage to a tender mother appalled by her son’s weakness. At the last, she resigns herself to a noble death at the hands of her cruel, ignoble son. Nel dolce dell’ oblio descries the sweet oblivion of sleep as the beloved Fili lies dreaming of her darling. Tu fedel, Tu Costante has the singer berating her beloved, Fileno, for his philandering ways as he loves a hundred beauties and wishes to share himself with them all. In the last aria she decides either to love another, or to live entirely with out love henceforth. Armida abbandonata tells a tale of desperate, unrequited love. When the Saracen witch Armida falls in love with captured warrior Rinaldo, Armida bewitches him to love her in return but eventually her spell fails and Rinaldo returns to his ship and abandons her.      

"Her voice is hauntingly attractive, with an endearing simplicity, as in Armida’s final prayer for release from the pains of love, or ’Nel dolce dell’obblio’, the slpping Filing dreaming of her lover ..."

BBC Music Magazine - March 2007

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