Premiered in 1707, Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno is a landmark in baroque music. "The triumph of Time and Enlightenment" is Handel's first oratorio, a product of his astonishing blossoming in Italy in his early twenties, suffused with the youthful vigor and virtuosity of his early works. The libretto, by the well-connected Benedetto Pamphili, is a highly crafted composition drawing on a rich mix of artistic forebears. It is both a moral-religious allegory dramatized in music and a pattern book of human psychology. Thirty years later, living in England and producing seasons of both English-language oratorio and Italian opera, Handel revised and expanded "Il trionfo" to a three-section work under the new title "The Triumph of Time and Truth" (HWV 46b). The featured soloists here are soprano Roberta Invernizzi, mezzo Kate Aldrich, countertenor Martin Oro and tenor Jörg Dürmüller. This is the second Hyperion disc from the Academia Montis Regalis and Alessandro de Marchi, who have garnered great acclaim for their recording of Stradella's San Giovanni Battista.
Roberta Invernizzi (Bellezza), Kate Aldrich (Piacere), Martin Oro (Disinganno) & Jörg Dürmüller (Tempo) - Academia Montis Regalis - Alessandro De Marchi, direction