HANDEL, GEORG FRIDERICH: COMPLETE RECORDER SONATAS (Festa Rustica, G.Matteoli)
NOVEMBER 2017 RELEASE: Sonata a Flauto e Cembalo in F major HWV 369, Sonata a Flauto e Cembalo in C major HWV 365, Sonata in D minor HWV 367a, Sonata a Flauto e Cembalo in G minor HWV 360, Sonata in B flat major HWV 377: Allegro
Lascia ch’io pianga, for chorus
(Arr.Roberto Zarpellon)DV 20555 12 pages Baroque
(b Halle, 23 Feb 1685; d London, 14 April 1759). English composer of German birth. Though consistently acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of his age, his reputation from his death to the early 20th century rested largely on the knowledge of a small number of orchestral works and oratorios, Messiah in particular. In fact, he contributed to every musical genre current in his time, both vocal and instrumental. The composition of operas, mainly on Italian librettos, dominated the earlier part of his career, and are the finest (though not the most typical) of their kind. In his later years his commitment to large-scale vocal works, usually with a strong dramatic element, found a more individual outlet in English oratorio, a genre that he invented and established.