After a long hiatus between the second and third instalments of Marco Vitale's project to record all of Handel's cantatas, everything seems to be back on track with this fourth disc appearing quite soon after the third. After that somewhat disappointing third release, the quality of the performance seems to have bounced back noticeably too, with soprano Stefanie True's vocals returning to the standard of the first couple. However I'm still struggling to like soprano Klaartje van Veldhoven who made her debut in this series on the previous offering. She is still a bit substandard alongside True in "Sans y penser" (Handel's only French cantata), though to be fair she is quite considerably better in her solo cantata here "Pensieri notturni di Filli".
The five cantatas presented on this disc all originate from Handel's Italian period, and include three (the aforementioned "Sans y penser", "Clori, vezzosa Clori" & "Lungi n'andò Fileno") which were sadly not featured as part of Fabio Bonizzoni's stunning seven disc set of Handel's Italian period cantatas. So the standard of Vitale's discs may not be as stratospheric as Bonizzoni's, but it's overall a reasonable value series thus far.
HWV92 "Clori, mia bella Clori" (soloist True) HWV155 "Sans y penser" (soloists True, van Veldhoven) HWV95 "Clori, vezzosa Clori" (soloist True) HWV134 "Pensieri notturni di Filli (Nel dolce dell'oblio)" (soloist van Veldhoven) HWV128 "Lungi n'andò Fileno" (soloist True)