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Atalanta, HWV35
composer
first performed at Covent Garden, London, on 12 May 1736

Recordings
'Handel: Opera Arias' (CDS44271/3)
Handel: Opera Arias
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'Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 2' (CDA67128)
Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 2
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Details
Act 1 No 1: Overture
Track 7 on CDA67128 [5'41] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 7 on CDS44271/3 CD3 [5'41] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Atalanta, HWV35
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Handel did not give a full opera season in the winter of 1735/36, probably because he felt unable to compete with the Opera of the Nobility while Farinelli continued to be their star asset, even though Handel’s previous season at Covent Garden had apparently been successful. However, when the wedding of the Prince of Wales was announced for the spring of 1736, Handel no doubt saw it as his duty to contribute to the celebrations, despite the prince’s coolness towards him. On 12 May 1736 he accordingly produced Atalanta at Covent Garden. It has a pastoral setting, and tells how King Meleagro (disguised as a shepherd) and Aminta (a real shepherd) each pursue and finally win the women whom they love. The princess Atalanta is the object of Meleagro’s affections. The opera is generally light-hearted, as befits a wedding celebration, but has moments of unexpected emotional depth. The festive element is apparent in the trumpet fanfares of the finale, where they accompany a firework display, and in the Overture, which is the nearest Handel came to writing a concerto for solo trumpet. The first two movements are in fact based on the trumpet overture which opens the Deuxième Production of Telemann’s Musique de table, a source of many of Handel’s borrowings. Handel ingeniously paraphrases the original, though never quite making it typical of his own style. Telemann makes no contribution to the sprightly final gavotte, however.

from notes by Anthony Hicks © 2000

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Details for CDS44271/3 disc 3 track 7
Act 1 No 1: Overture
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-12807
Duration
5'41
Recording date
16 June 1999
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 2 (CDA67128)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: April 2000
    Deletion date: May 2006
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
  2. Handel: Opera Arias (CDS44271/3)
    Disc 3 Track 7
    Release date: September 2007
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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