G.F.HANDEL - RINALDO - HWV 7b (1731)
Following a successful two concert performances of the opera during Baroquestock Festival in April 2023, the opportunity emerged of the possibility to record the opera for release on the Glossa label.
This is our first project collaborating over a CD: our ensemble, Istante Collective is teaming up with Paris-based ensemble Il Grovigio and a stunning cast of singers to put together this unique recording.
The recordings took place at Heath Street Baptist Church in August 2023 and the CD is now in the editing process with the aim to release in 2024.
WHO IS WHO:)
RINALDO - Filippo Mineccia
ALMIRENA - Roberta Mameli
GOFFREDO - Marco Angioloni
ARMIDA - Vivica Genaux
ARGANTE - Logan Lopez Gonzalez
SIRENA, DONNA - Francesca Martini
L’ARALDO , MAGO CRISTIANO - Michele Mignone
Il GROVIGLIO / ISTANTE COLLECTIVE
Violins: Beatrice Scaldini, Sophie Simpson, Christiane Eidsten Dahl
Joanna Lawrence, Becky Harris
Viola: Sam Kennedy, Geoff Irwin
Cello: Carina Drury
Doublebass: John-Henry Baker
Oboe + sopranino recorder: Nicola Barbagli
Oboe + alto recorder: Joel Raymond
Bassoon + alto recorder: Inga Maria Klaucke
Horns: Peter Moutissius, Dave Horwich
Trumpet: Katie Lodge
Theorbo & baroque guitar: Leo Brunet
Harpsichord: Nora Dargazanli, Matthew Brown
Artistic Direction: Nicola Barbagli & Marco Angioloni
Sound Engineer & producer: Alban Sautour
Assistent Producer: John-Henry Baker
Video recordings: John-Henry Baker, Tom Mungall
Production manager: Guido Della Lena Guidiccioni
HOW CAN YOU HELP US??
Pre-book a copy (or many of them!) of the CD!
this is the easiest (and cheap!) way to give us a little help! The amount raised will help us in:
- paying musician fees
- paying all the production costs (Sound engenieer
- cover all he expenses we had during the recording process
- advertising our CD with the aim of finding more concert opportunity for the group!
ABOUT THE MUSIC
Opera seria in three acts, inspired by an episode from La Gerusalemme Liberata (1581) by Tasso, Rinaldo is the first work composed by Handel for the London public. This was the start of a special relationship which was to last 30 years and the remainder of Handel's life.
Since the death of Purcell in 1695, no musician of genius had been able to establish himself[in England], and in the words of Romain Rolland, English music seemed "dead." However, Rinaldo turned the tables and kicked off a successful and busy career for a young Handel. His distinct compositional style and ability to work quickly together with a visceral sense of theatre promoted him to celebrity status in no time - and Rinaldo was the perfect example. Apparently written in only fifteen days, Rinaldo is a kind of brilliant patchwork featuring magnificent lamenti and instrumental interludes full of freshness and poetry.
Rinaldo also popularised the use of Italian and it became the language of choice across opera theatres in London at the time. Rinaldo belongs to a tradition of Baroque operas drawing from Tasso's famous poem a series of heroic characters who confront fantastic events, allowing for the use of spectacular stage effects.
The opera seria, dedicated to highlighting vocal virtuosity, was also conceived for visual pleasure, supported by the importance of the theatrical machinery, which from that time onward was highly sophisticated. The work was performed fifteen times in 1711 and constantly repeated for six years, with modifications due to changes in the cast – as was customary at a time when the roles were written based on the performers of the moment.
Handel produced a complete revision of the score in 1731, and presented a second version performed in London at Lincoln's Inn Fields, April 6, 1731, as part of the second Royal Academy, which included two new symphonies and 6 arias.
The cast brought together the cream of the stars of the time: Annibale Fabbri (Goffredo), Anna Maria Strada (Almirena), Francesco Bernardi aka Senesino (Rinaldo), Antonia Merighi (Armida), Francesca Bertolli (Argante), and Giovanni Commano (Christian Magician). Rinaldo was performed in London 53 times during Handel's lifetime, more than any other Handel opera.
With an exceptional cast, Il Groviglio and Istante Collective will offer you a recording of this masterpiece in its latest 1731 version, never before recorded on disc!
Thanks in advance for all your help and support to make this project possible!