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Crudel tiranno Amor HWV 97

Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)

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Composer
Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)
Composition Year
1721
Work Movements
1. Aria - Crudel tiranno Amor
2. Recitativo - Ma tu mandi al mio core
3. Aria - O dolce mia speranza
4. Recitativo - Senza te, dolce spena
5. Aria - O cara spene
Artists
Ruby Hughes [mezzo-soprano], Arte Dei Suonatori (Aureliusz Golinski, Ewa Golinska [violins], Anna Nowak [viola], Tomasz Pokrzywinski [cello], Dohyo Sol [theorbo], Joanna Boslak-Gorniok [harpsichord])

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Handel, like Vivaldi and Mozart, was one of the great impresario-director-composers. He began as virtuoso organist but realised he would not be content with life as Kapellmeister at a German court. Still in his early twenties he took off for Italy where he began his lifetime career of composing a combination of secular cantatas, oratorios and operas. While in Italy, he first came across Margherita Durastanti and he wrote his Venetian hit opera Agrippina for her. Ten years later Handel was in Europe engaging top Italian singers for his new opera company, the Royal Academy of Music, and he found Durastanti in Dresden and brought her back to London.

Crudel tiranno Amor was written for a benefit concert for Durastanti at the King’s Theatre in July 1721. Handel only gave it one performance and then purloined all three arias for a revival of Floridante with Durastanti the following season. This self-borrowing was common practice for Handel and hardly surprising given the number of new operas he was expected to produce each season. The cantata’s text describes a woman in love, torn between doubt and hope and was certainly a spectacular show-piece for Durastanti’s talents. 

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Crudel tiranno Amor HWV 97

Composer: Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)
Performance date: Saturday 7th July 2012
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)
Work Title Crudel tiranno Amor HWV 97
Composition Year 1721
Work Movements 1. Aria - Crudel tiranno Amor
2. Recitativo - Ma tu mandi al mio core
3. Aria - O dolce mia speranza
4. Recitativo - Senza te, dolce spena
5. Aria - O cara spene
Language Italian
Artist(s) Ruby Hughes [mezzo-soprano], Arte Dei Suonatori (Aureliusz Golinski, Ewa Golinska [violins], Anna Nowak [viola], Tomasz Pokrzywinski [cello], Dohyo Sol [theorbo], Joanna Boslak-Gorniok [harpsichord])
Performance Date Saturday 7th July 2012
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:16:29
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Small Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation S-solo, 2vn, va, vc, lu, hpd
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Handel, like Vivaldi and Mozart, was one of the great impresario-director-composers. He began as virtuoso organist but realised he would not be content with life as Kapellmeister at a German court. Still in his early twenties he took off for Italy where he began his lifetime career of composing a combination of secular cantatas, oratorios and operas. While in Italy, he first came across Margherita Durastanti and he wrote his Venetian hit opera Agrippina for her. Ten years later Handel was in Europe engaging top Italian singers for his new opera company, the Royal Academy of Music, and he found Durastanti in Dresden and brought her back to London.

Crudel tiranno Amor was written for a benefit concert for Durastanti at the King’s Theatre in July 1721. Handel only gave it one performance and then purloined all three arias for a revival of Floridante with Durastanti the following season. This self-borrowing was common practice for Handel and hardly surprising given the number of new operas he was expected to produce each season. The cantata’s text describes a woman in love, torn between doubt and hope and was certainly a spectacular show-piece for Durastanti’s talents.