George Frideric Handel: Complete Recorder Sonatas


Composer(s): George Frideric Handel

Artist(s): Festa RusticaGiorgio Matteoli, Recorder and Direction

  • EAN Code: 7.93597816030
  • Format: 1 Cd
  • Genre: Chamber
  • Instrumentation: Flute
  • Period: Baroque
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FROM ALBUM NOTES by Edmondo Filippini

Written between 1724 and 1726, the six George Frideric Handel’s Recorder Sonatas are nowadays part of recorder’s great repertoire and one of the highest levels of Baroque Sonata.
As incisive combination of vocal theatre experience and instrumental writing so well assimilated by Arcangelo Corelli- the 6 Sonatas appear to be actually the connection between the instrumental and the vocal writing style of the period. They take advantage of all the recorder’s features avoiding those recreational parameters to which these compositions were usually subjected to satisfy the client. And this actually is one of the most unclear issues.


George Frideric Handel (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.


Born in Rome, Matteoli graduated in recorder, cello, chamber music with a degree in Music History at La Sapienza University (Rome), in addition he studied compositions and conducting (Milan and Como Conservatories). In 1994, he founded the Ensemble Festa Rustica, with this ensemble recorded extensively over 16 CDs for Agorà, Amadeus, Musicaimmagine, ASV Gaudeamus, and Da Vinci Classics. Francesco Mancini’s Concertos for Recorder and Strings (world-premiere recording, Musicaimmagine) has been acclaimed by the international critique as “one of the world’s best classical music recordings produced in 1995” (Fanfare Magazine). As recorder player, Giorgio Matteoli recorded with many early music ensembles such as Ensemble Aurora, Cappella di San Petronio, Alessandro Stradella Consort, Ensemble La Fenice, Academia Montis Regalis and he was involved in the soundtrack of the international production “The Bible” (music by Ennio Morricone and Marco Frisina) which won the Kable ACE for the best soundtrack of the year. He was invited to hold Masterclasses and Concerts in Japan (Knowledge Theater, Osaka), Israel (Tel Aviv Conservatory), as well as France, Spain, Albania, Montecarlo, Germany, Romania, Turkey, and the Czech Republic among others. As a principal cello and recorder player, Matteoli performed with orchestras as RAI-Rome and Naples Radio-Television Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi (Milan), ORL-Rome and Lazio Chamber Orchestra in Italy and abroad: Teatro Campoamor (Oviedo, Spain), Festival de musique sacré de la Chaise-Dieu (Haute-Loire, France), Ente Concerti Marialisa De Carolis (Sassari, Italy). As a conductor, Matteoli has conducted Orchestra Guido Cantelli, Nuova Cameristica, Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana and the AMR-The Plucked Strings Orchestra of Rome (chief conductor 2013-2014), Roma Tre Orchestra, and The Albanian National Radio Television Simphony Orchestra and many others.  As musicologist, he wrote numerous articles published on Italian magazines like Orfeo, Amadeus, Cd Classics, and as president of Early Music Italia Association he is the founder and artistic director of “Brianza Classica”, an important 17 years old chamber music festival which takes place in about thirty locations in the Northern area of Milan. 

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