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Handel: Le Cantate per il Cardinal Pamphili - Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord); La Risonanza; Roberta Invernizzi (soprano)
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  1. Tra le Fiamme (Il consiglio), cantata, HWV 170
  2. Pensieri notturni di filli (Nel dolce dell'oblio), cantata for soprano, recorder & continuo, HWV 134
  3. Il Delirio Amoroso (Da Quel Giorno Fatale), cantata for soprano & instruments, HWV 99
  4. Figlio d'alte speranze, cantata for soprano, HWV 113
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Not all of these solo cantatas for soprano were written "for Cardinal Pamphili," as the cover states; two were written for some other unknown Italian patron. But all date from early in Handel's career, when he was living in Italy. The picture that emerges from the detailed, informative notes by Ellen T. Harris is of a young composer working in private, chamber genres rather than the highly public ones of opera and oratorio that would form the basis of Handel's career in England. All of Handel's solo secular cantatas date ...

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