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An interview with Ton Koopman about the Handel Cantata HWV 171a


In this video Ton Koopman is interviewed about his world premiere recording of Handel's Cantata “Tu fedel? tu costante?” HWV171a. This is a rediscovered Handel Cantata! Koopman tells the story of how the manuscript of this Cantata was found in his own private library.

John Roberts (musicologist and Handel specialist) writes in the liner notes that come with the cd :"Lost music from Handel’s years in Italy rarely comes to light. So it was with considerable excitement that in 2015 I found myself looking at a previously unknown and largely different version of the cantata “Tu fedel? tu costante?”, HWV 171 uniquely preserved in a manuscript belonging to Ton Koopman. As so often it was a chance discovery.
“Tu fedel? tu costante?” is the complaint of an injured love. Both Handel settings of this text are for soprano, but in HWV 171a, as presented in the Koopman manuscript, the accompanying ensemble includes an oboe in addition to the two violins and continuo found in HWV 171. Otherwise, except for the absence of the introductory sonata in HWV 171, the new cantata is practically identical with the familiar version up to the end of the first aria. Thereafter it sharply diverges. HWV 171a was probably composed in Venice or Florence sometime prior to Handel’s first arrival in Rome in late 1706. HWV 171 was completed by May 1707."

Georg Friedrich Händel
Tu fedel? Tu costante?’ HWV 171a
and other Italian cantatas
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Ton Koopman
Yetzabel Arias Fernandez - soprano
Klaus Mertens - bass

For more information about this world premiere album go to: http://www.challengerecords.com/produ...

Camera and edit: Carlos Villarroel
Interview and edit: Valentine Laout
Translation video: Valerie Abma
Challenge Records International / New Arts International

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