Händel: Neun Deutsche Arien

Händel: Neun Deutsche Arien

LWC1269 (LAWO Classics, CD)

FIRST RELEASE (16 February 2024)

Playing time: 57'27"
Tracks: 17
Booklet pages: 7
℗ 2024 LAWO
© 2024 LAWO Classics
Main country of recording: Norway
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Händel: Neun Deutsche Arien published on 21 March 2024

Daniel Sæther, countertenor
Caroline Eidsten Dahl, treble recorder
Ingrid Økland, violin
Ensemble C4

Georg Friedrich Händel:

Neun Deutsche Arien, HWV 202-210
1 Künft'ger Zeiten eitler Kummer
2 Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen
3 Süßer Blumen Ambraflocken
4 Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle
5 Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise
6 Meine Seele hört im Sehen
7 Die ihr aus dunklen Grüften
8 In den angenehmen Büschen
9 Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden

Antonio Vivaldi, transposed and adapted for treble recorder and violin by Martin Straeten:

Trio Sonata in G minor, RV 63
10 Adagio
11 Andante
12 Allegro
13 Adagio
14 Vivace - Allegro - Larghetto
15 Allegro
16 Adagio
17 Allegro

Ensemble C4 is a Norwegian baroque ensemble working primarily in Norway. With its association with several freelance musicians, the ensemble remains flexible in both its musical expression and size. Since 2015, it has presented several new concert programmes per year and has consequently built up a large repertoire of music taken from the period from approximately 1575 till 1800. With extensive concert experience and great synergy, the ensemble has developed a playful and virtuosic style that thrills audiences and has received critical acclaim. Neun deutsche Arien is the ensemble's first CD release. Countertenor Daniel Sæther studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy in Den Haag. He has performed as a countertenor in Norway and abroad since 2011 with a wide-ranging repertoire from early music to contemporary. From 2018-2020 he was awarded the Norwegian government grant Statens Arbeidsstipend to work with contemporary music for countertenor on baroque instruments and document this in concerts and recordings. In the summer of 2023, Daniel featured as Cesarin the Trygve Broske's contemporary opera Kommandantenheld at the Oscarsborg open air Opera. Sæther is a founding member of Ensemble Freithoff and Christian IV Consort (now known as Ensemble C4), both of which perform chamber music in Norway with a focus on Renaissance and Baroque music. In 2020, Sæther released the album Unexpected Songs (LWC1204) for which he was nominated as Singer of the Year at the German Opus Klassik awards in 2021. His second solo album in 2022 Vintersong (LWC1236) achieved nominations in four categories.

Recorded in DXD 24 bit/352.8kHz on 15-18 March and 30 April 2022 in Jar Church, Bærum, Norway.