Handel: Clori, Tirsi e Fileno

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COMPOSERS: Handel
LABELS: Harmonia Mundi Suite
WORKS: Clori, Tirsi e Fileno
PERFORMER: Lorraine Hunt, Jill Feldman (sop), Drew Minter (alto)Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra/ Nicholas McGegan
CATALOGUE NO: HMT 7907045
Composed in Rome in 1707, Clori, Tirsi e Fileno is one of Handel’s longer Italian cantatas and, if not quite matching the brilliance of Apollo e Dafne or Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, it remains a thoroughly engaging piece. Nicholas McGegan’s lively 1990 recording captures the music’s air of beguiling insouciance, Lorraine Hunt is in sweetly majestic voice as the capricious shepherdess Clori and there are deft obbligato flourishes from Elizabeth Blumenstock (violin) and Paul O’Dette (archlute). In sum, a delight. Graham Lock

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