1. 1) Ouverture

    3.40

Parte Prima

  1. 2) Aria ‘’Verginelle dotte e belle“

    2.36

  2. 3) Coro “Corriamo pronti ad ubbidir“

    0.48

  3. 4) Recitativo “Germane, figlio amato”

    1.18

  4. 5) Solo e Coro “Deh! cantate un bell’amor”

    2.49

  5. 6) Recitativo “Ma prima che s’avanzi”

    0.20

  6. 7) Aria “Spira al sen celeste ardore’’

    4.16

  7. 8) Aria “Gran Tonante”

    4.23

  8. 9) Coro ‘’Già vien da lui il nostro ben’’

    1.32

  9. 10) Recitativo “Spettacolo gradito”

    0.48

  10. 11) Aria “Con un vezzo lusinghiero”

    1.34

  11. 12) Recitativo ”Rimembranza gradita”

    0.19

  12. 13) Duetto “Sin le grazie nel bel volto”

    2.48

  13. 14) Recitativo “Ma di sì belle fiamme”

    0.36

  14. 15) Aria ‘’Quanto breve è il godimento“

    4.14

  15. 16) Recitativo “Vada in oblio memoria”

    0.42

  16. 17) Coro “Cantiamo a Bacco”

    1.22

  17. 18) Aria “Del nume Lieo”

    3.13

  18. 19) Aria “Sciolga dunque al ballo”

    2.58

  19. 20) Coro e Soli “S’accenda pur di festa il cor’’

    2.41

  20. 21) Coro “Replicati al ballo”

    1.02

Parte Seconda

  1. 1) Soli e Coro „Nel petto sento un certo ardor“

    3.03

  2. 2) Recitativo “Qual tetra nube”

    0.12

  3. 3) Aria “Torni pure un bel splendore”

    4.11

  4. 4) Recitativo “Ognun mi siegua”

    0.10

  5. 5) Aria “Nel spiegar sua voce al canto”

    8.19

  6. 6) Recitativo “E non s’udiran mai”

    0.25

  7. 7) Coro “Oh quanto bella gloria”

    2.51

  8. 8) Aria “Tra sentier di amene selve”

    4.40

  9. 9) Coro “Oh quanto bella gloria”

    1.05

  10. 10) Recitativo “Che mai facesti, Orfeo?”

    0.27

  11. 11) Aria “Già le furie vedo ancor”

    1.46

  12. 12) Accompagnato “Dopo d’aver perduto”

    0.51

  13. 13) Aria e Coro “Ho perso il caro ben”

    7.23

  14. 14) Recitativo “Figlio, diletto Orfeo”

    0.35

  15. 15) Duetto “Cangia in gioia il tuo dolor”

    5.15

  16. 16) Recitativo "Di Nettuno seguaci"

    0.29

  17. 17) Coro “Coralli e perle”

    1.48

Parte Terza

  1. 18) Sinfonia

    0.40

  2. 19) Recitativo “Io che degli avi eccelsi”

    0.27

  3. 20) Coro e Solo “Si parli ancor di trionfar”

    2.42

  4. 21) Recitativo “Oh! stirpe gloriosa”

    0.16

  5. 22) Aria “Da sorgente rilucente”

    2.51

  6. 23) Recitativo “Dall’opre illustri”

    0.13

  7. 24) Aria “Sempre aspira eccelso core”

    1.57

  8. 25) Recitativo “Delle dotte germane”

    0.40

  9. 26) Aria e Coro “Non tardate, fauni, ancora”

    5.56

  10. 27) Recitativo “Sia degli eccelsi sposi”

    0.14

  11. 28) Aria “Circondin lor vite le grazie fiorite”

    4.25

  12. 29) Recitativo “Con un spirto divoto”

    0.17

  13. 30) Aria “Han mente eroica”

    3.59

  14. 31) Recitativo “Di virtù, di valor”

    0.24

  15. 32) Solo e Coro “Lunga serie d’alti eroi”

    3.36

CD information

Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel sparkle in this new release of Handel’s forgotten masterpiece Parnasso in festa, recorded shortly before their hugely successful Netherlands premiere of the opera in November 2016.

Handel wrote this sumptuous work in 1734 to celebrate the marriage in London of Princess Anne and Prince William of Orange. Cast in the form of a serenata, Parnasso in festa recounts the joyful wedding feast of Thetis and Peleus at which the Muses are present. It’s packed with breathtaking arias, duets and choruses, all written with the verve, drama and sense of occasion to be expected from Handel. The soloists that he had on hand for the premiere were among the greatest Italian singers of the day – Giovanni Carestini, Margherita Durastanti, Anna Maria Strada del Po and Maria Caterina Negri. The care he lavished on the richly instrumented score is striking, from the masterly reworking of material from his oratorio Athalia to the ravishing original material, making this work unique among Handel’s output. Parnasso in festa proved to be very popular in its day it and was revived several times, yet after 1741 was largely forgotten. Now after years of neglect, this superbly crafted work has been recognised for the glorious entertainment that it is.

The renowned Baroque specialist Andrea Marcon is noted for his striking and vivid interpretations. Here he gives Parnasso in festa the attention it deserves with an outstanding vocal cast around his period-instrument group La Cetra. Opera News described Robin Johansen’s performance in the Netherlands premiere as “[a] revelation … superbly agile and fresh-sounding—but also expressive—in Clio’s taxing music.” The demanding role of Apollo is undertaken by the countertenor David Hansen, a rising star described by The New Yorker as “…a pure-voiced young Australian who is typical of a new breed of matinée-idol countertenors”. And a performance at the Handel Festival in 2014 drew rave reviews “Altogether, with the virtuosic playing of the inspired Cetra orchestra under Maestro Marcon, so finely balanced with the stunning chorus and soloists, this concert performance of an infrequently performed serenata became … one of the high points of the festival.” (Opera con Brio)

It’s a sumptuous banquet for Handel lovers and opera enthusiasts and especially ‘fit for royalty’.