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Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Salve Regina (1756)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust!, BWV 170 (1726)

with Corey Jamason (organ) and Debra Nagy (oboe d'amore)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Arias from Oratorio and Opera

“O Lord, whose mercies numberless” from Saul, HWV 53 (1738)
“Cara sposa, amante cara” from Rinaldo, HWV 7a (1711/1731)
“Va tacito e nascosto” from Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17 (1724) *
“Frondi tenere e belle…Ombra mai fu”from Serse, HWV 40 (1738)
“Ah, Stigie larve!…Vaghe pupille” from Orlando, HWV 31 (1732)
“Al lampo dell’armi”from Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17 (1724)

* with Lawrence Ragent, horn

Recording Producer: Chris Landen / Engineer: Andres Villalta
Ian Howell Photos: Koren Reyes
Recorded April 23-25, 2008, in St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere CA.

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1685 & The Art of Ian Howell

ABS' newest recording was released on Bach's birthday, March 21st, 2009.

1685 & The Art of Ian Howell features ABS International Young Artists Competition winner, Ian Howell, in works by three composers born in 1685: J.S. Bach, Handel, and Domenico Scarlatti.

Ian Howell was the featured soloist in our subscription concerts in April of last year. During the following week, he and the ABS musicians recorded this newest addition to the American Bach Soloists' discography. One of Bach's greatest solo cantatas, Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust!, is paired with Scarlatti's exquisite Salve Regina. A selection of arias from Handel's oratorios and operas - including Saul, Giulio Cesare, Orlando, Rinaldo, and Serse - completes the 72 minute disc.

Mr. Howell, Maestro Thomas, and recording producer Chris Landen spent Bach's birthday in the studio, putting the finishing touches on this beautiful compilation.

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