Hyperion Records

Silla, HWV10
composer
first performed in London in June 1713
author of text
based on Plutarch's biography of Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Recordings
'Handel: Opera Arias' (CDS44271/3)
Handel: Opera Arias
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'Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1' (CDA66860)
Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1
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Details
Overture. Movement 1: Largo – Allegro
Track 5 on CDA66860 [4'38] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 5 on CDS44271/3 CD1 [4'38] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Overture. Movement 2: Andante
Track 6 on CDA66860 [2'02] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 6 on CDS44271/3 CD1 [2'02] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Silla, HWV10
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Handel seems to have written Silla for a private production in London in June 1713. Rossi again supplied the libretto, based on Plutarch’s biography of the Roman dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla. A wordbook was printed for the occasion, but no actual record of a performance has been found. The surviving score lacks music to cover several elaborate scenic effects described in the stage directions, and may therefore be a draft that was never completed or which Handel expanded in a lost manuscript. The unpublished Overture begins in the usual French style, with a majestic introduction alternating with a fugal fast movement, but then continues with an attractive Andante featuring a solo oboe, forerunner of a similar movement in the concerto grosso Op 3 No 4.

from notes by Anthony Hicks © 1996

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