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Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas - Carolyn Sampson (soprano); Daniel Edgar (violin); Davina Clarke (violin); Huw Daniel (violin); Ian Wilson (recorder);...
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  1. Armida abbandonata (Dietro l'orme fugaci), cantata, HWV 105
  2. Tra le Fiamme (Il consiglio), cantata, HWV 170
  3. Figlio d'alte speranze, cantata for soprano, HWV 113
  4. Agrippina condotta a morire (Dunque sarÓ pur vero), cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 110
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British soprano Carolyn Sampson has long been known as a fine Handel specialist, and anticipation has awaited her recordings of the composer's early Italian cantatas, written in Rome at the end of the 1700s. It's everything that could be desired, and then some. The cantatas had some connection with a short-lived ban on opera in the Papal States, and plenty of muscular singers, female and male, have recorded them as little operatic scenes. Yet that is not quite what they are: they were written for aristocratic homes, not ...