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AMINTA E FILLIDE HWV 83 de G. F. Handel

WILLIAM CHRISTIE & LES ARTS FLORISSANTS

WILLIAM CHRISTIE & LES ARTS FLORISSANTS
HANDEL BY CHRISTIE

William Christie is a leading figure in the world of Baroque music. A pioneer who rediscovered and adapted French baroque for the general public, the musical director returns to the festival with Handel’s pastoral cantata Aminta e Fillide. He will be directing the legendary instrumental and vocal ensemble Les Arts Florissants to perform this piece, one of the German composer's most ambitious cantatas, which was first performed in Rome in 1708 as part of the celebrations organised by the Academy of Arcadia that Handel himself was associated with for a time. One of the main objectives of the aforementioned academy was to recreate a pastoral style based on simplicity and moderation, values that are reflected perfectly in this work. The lyrics talk of the love between Aminta, a shepherd, for Fillide, a nymph, with both characters played by the voices of sopranos Jessica Niles and Shakèd Bar. With a slow pace that develops over eleven da capo movements, the impact of each dramatic moment is well characterised by the music, offering a wide variety to the arias in a piece dedicated to the search for love. This evening cannot to be missed by lovers of exquisite baroque.
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Programme

Trio sonata in C Minor, HWV 386a

Chamber duet “No, di voi non vo' fidarmi” HWV 189

Trio sonata in B-flat major, HWV 388

Aminta e Fillide, HWV 83

 

*Music editions:

1-3: Bärenreiter

2: Les Arts Florissants, Pascal Duc

4: King's Music

Artistic details

WILLIAM CHRISTIE & LES ARTS FLORISSANTS

AMINTA E FILLIDE HWV 83 by G. F. Handel

Jessica NILES, soprano - Aminta

Shaked BAR, soprano - Fillide

LES ARTS FLORISSANTS MUSIC ENSEMBLE

William Christie, conductor and harpsichord