Johann Adolph Hasse's cantatas are undoubtedly a rich mine waiting to be delved - some of the pieces here are their first ever recordings. Sadly the sound quality here is not up to much. Actually the instrumentation is not too bad, but the vocals are distant and echoing. Soprano Lia Serafini perhaps suffers more in this regard than contralto Gabriella Martellacci, but not by much.
This disc is labelled as "Volume 1" and there appears to be no further issue by these artists in the couple of years since this first release, so presumably the project is stalled. One could argue that this is a good thing given the less than outstanding quality of this offering, but on the other hand there is more from Hasse waiting to be recorded.
The booklet contains brief notes in English and Italian; libretti supplied but no translation.
"Come l'ape di fiore in fiore" (aria for soprano 2 violins and b.c.)
"Il nome" (cantata for contralto, flute & b.c.)
Sonata a tre in E minor Op3 No2 (2 flutes & b.c.)
"Chieggio ai gigli ed alle rose" (cantata for soprano and b.c.)
Sonata a tre in D Op3 No3 (2 flutes & b.c.)
"È ver, mia Fille, è vero" (cantata for contralto, 2 violins, viola & b.c.)
"Muta è l'imago dell'idolo amato" (aria for soprano, two violins & b.c.)