George Frideric Handel’s 'Duetti da camera' from La Risonanza represent a welcome extension of the ensemble’s award-winning series of Handel solo cantatas on Glossa, and come with the luxurious vocal pairing of Roberta Invernizzi and Marina De Liso.
These chamber duets, scored for soprano and alto, were written across a period spanning four decades: first, after Handel’s move to Hanover in 1710, following his remarkable Italian compositional apprenticeship which yielded quantities of cantatas, motets and instrumental chamber works; next in the 1720s, when he was writing Italian operas and music for the Court in London; and lastly when he was composing English oratorios in the 1740s. Such vocal duos had become part of an established tradition, especially in Italy, during the late 17th century.
Soprano Roberta Invernizzi who has applied Italian grace and charm to many Glossa recordings (most recently 'La bella più bella') is ideally matched by Marina De Liso, whose rich mezzo tones have made her another firm audience favourite across Baroque and Classical repertories. Fabio Bonizzoni provides luxurious continuo support on the harpsichord with the assistance of cellist Caterina Dell’Agnello and theorbo player Craig Marchitelli.