Georg Friedrich Händel: Neun Deutsche Arien


Neun Deutsche Arien, known as one of the Händel’s best kept secrets, performed by soprano Penelope Appleyard.

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About this release

“This recording is a fresh voiced account of these wonderful pieces, full of energy and sparkle, featuring singing of lovely character with some delightful ornamentation. A welcome addition to the catalogue and a notable solo recording debut for this young artist.” – David Clegg, International Counter-tenor

CD Booklet
  • Singe Seele, Gott zum Preise - Georg Friedrich Händel Georg Friedrich Händel
  • In den angenehmen Büschen - Georg Friedrich Händel
  • Meine Seele hört im Sehen - Georg Friedrich Händel
  • Künft'ger Zeiten eitler Kummer - Georg Friedrich Händel
  • Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle - Georg Friedrich Händel
  • Die ihr aus dunkeln Grüften - Georg Friedrich Händel
  • Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen - Georg Friedrich Händel
  • Süßer Blumen Ambra ocken - Georg Friedrich Händel
  • Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden - Georg Friedrich Händel
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Commissioned Programme Note

Händel’s Neun Deutsche Arien – settings of extracts from Barthold Heinrich Brockes’ poems Irdisches vergnügen in Gott (Earthly Delight in God) – remained unpublished until 1922, becoming known as one of the composer’s best kept secrets. Their air of mystery makes them all the more beguiling. In style they are quietly theatrical, intimately elaborate, each boasting the kind of melodies that cry out for decoration, but always in a style reflective of their worshipful subject matter. Händel’s operatic writing is evident in his expressive lines and interplay with obbligato instruments, but overall these pieces are impactful through intricacies rather than extravagances and therefore have a rather more poetic flavour than an operatic one. The arias were composed individually between 1724 and 1726, and were probably intended for performance in Hamburg. Read more

Production Credits

Catalogue number CR043
Cover Art Donna Kirstein
Session Photography Rory & Hannah Fraser-Mackenzie
Artist photography Ashley Hampson, Alex Styles
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Andrew King
Booklet Translations Keith Hannis
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green
Recorded 28, 29, 30 October, 2015
Venue St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate, Birmingham

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