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Georg Friedrich Händel
(1685-1759)
Neun Deutsche Arien
HWV 202-210
Gloria
HWV deest

Dorothea Craxton
, Sopran
Fredrik From, 1. Violine
Hanna Ydmark, 2. Violine
Kjeld Lybecker Steffensen, Violoncello
Lars Baunkilde, Violone
Leif Meyer, Cembalo & Orgel
(DDD, 65`43")



Neun Deutsche Arien, HWV 202-210
1. Künft'ger Zeiten eitler Kummer
2. Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen
3. Süßer Blumen Ambraflocken
4. Süße Stille, sanfter Quelle
5. Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise
6. Meine Seele hört im Sehen
7. Die ihr aus dunklen Grüften
8. In den angenehmen Büschen
9. Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden

Gloria, HWV deest
Gloria in excelsis, Et in terra pax, Laudamus te, Domine Deus, Qui tollis, Quoniam solus sanctus



Handel seldom set texts in his native language but for the Nine German Arias he took poems by Barthold Heinrich Brockes, called Earthly Pleasure in God, setting them for soprano, violin and basso continuo. The texts inspired Handel to write music of great intensity and melodic beauty, qualities augmented by an almost operatic sense of declamation.
The Gloria dates from Handelís stay in Italy and since its rediscovery in 2001 has become a major addition to his Latin Church music.
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