Sylvia Greenberg

The Bavarian State Library was the sponsor of an event held in May 2006 during which a virtual Handel premiere took place. Sylvia Greenberg, Edgar Krapp and Wenn-Sinn Yang interpreted the cantata “Crudel Tiranno Amor” in the previously unknown arrangement for soprano, harpsichord and violoncello. Identification of the Handel manuscript in the Bavarian State Library holdings by musicologist Dr. Bertold Over was a brilliant stroke of genius, because the manuscript in question is a fair copy – something extremely rare, in contrast to the number of Handel’s extant working copies. The fact that this is the only source in which Handel wrote out the continuo part to his recitatives is also of great value to practitioners of historical performance practice. Additional works by Handel for harpsichord and organ supplemented the recital in Munich’s Allerheiligenhofkirche, presented here as a live recording.