Handel: Neun Deutsche Arien

Daniel Saether, Ensemble C4

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Format: CD

Cat No: LWC1269

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Release Date:  16 February 2024

Label:  Lawo

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  7090020182919

Genres:  Classical  Baroque  

  • Description

    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 Saether 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 Kom-mandantenheld at the Oscarsborg open air Opera.

    Saether is a founding member of Ensemble Freithoffand Christian IV Consort(now known as Ensemble C4), both of which perform chamber music in Norway with a focus on Re-naissance and Baroque music.

    In 2020, Saether released the album Unexpected Songs(LWC1204) for which he was nominated as Singer of the Year at the German Opus Klas-sik awards in 2021. His second solo album in 2022 Vintersong (LWC1236) achieved nominations in four categories.

    "this is a superb recording and a strong debut for Ensemble C4. It's characterised by the voice of Daniel Sæther: sure-footed, stylish and confident. There's a bright future ahead for these musicians, I'm sure." – Gramophone

    "These arias have been well served on disc with many fine recordings to choose from, and this album is certainly up there with the very best, not only for the attractive gracefulness of Daniel Sæther's singing but also for the absolutely expressive playing of Ensemble C4." – Classical Music Daily

    "The expressive yet resolute voice of countertenor Daniel Sæther proves a perfect match to these restrained and unornamented songs, which eschew the baroque overuse of melismatic and ostentatious virtuosity. […] within the Vivaldi Trio Sonata [Ensemble C4's] detailed and sprightful expressive energy shines through." – Classical Music Sentinel

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. G.F. Handel: Nine German Arias, HWV 202-210: I. Kunft'ger Zeiten eitler Kummer, HWV202
      • 2. II. Das zitternde Glanzen der spielenden Wellen, HWV 203
      • 3. III. Susser Blumen Ambraflocken, HWV204
      • 4. IV. Susse Stille, sanfte Quelle, HWV 205
      • 5. V. Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise, HWV 206
      • 6. VI. Meine Seele hort im Sehen, HWV 207
      • 7. VII. Die ihr aus dunklen Gruften, HWV208
      • 8. VIII. In den angenehmen Buschen, HWV 209
      • 9. IX. Flammende Rosem Zierde der Erden, HWV 210
      • 10. A. Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in G Minor, RV 63: I. Adagio
      • 11. II. Andante
      • 12. III. Allegro
      • 13. IV. Adagio
      • 14. V. Vivace - Allegro - Larghetto
      • 15. VI. Allegro
      • 16. VII. Adagio
      • 17. VIII. Allegro