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The Empress of Magnificent Taste and Pleasure

Sunday 27 March 2005 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

Teresa Cornelys arrived penniless in England in the autumn of 1759, yet, little more than a year later, she was an international Opera star, and owned London's most successful entertainment business.

Judith Summers, author of a biography of this incredible woman, talks to Lucie Skeaping about Teresa, who had a rumoured love affair with Gluck and was mother to Casanova's child.

Featuring music by Gluck, Handel, Thomas Arne and JC Bach.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

GLUCK, Christoph Willibald:
Overture from Ipermestre
LONDON HANDEL ORCHESTRA  
       
HANDEL, George Frideric: Music for the royal fireworks  
The KING'S CONSORT -
Robert KING - Director 
HYPERION CDA 66350
 
ABEL, Carl Friedrich: Overture (K.34?) (Op.17`4) in C major  
IL FONDAMENTO ENSEMBLE -
Paul DOMBRECHT - Oboe 
HYPERION PAS 903
 
BACH, Johann Christian:
Overture from Temistocle - opera (T.238)  
HANOVER BAND
Anthony HALSTEAD 
CPO CPO 999 752-2
 
ARNE, Thomas:  
Sleep, gentle cherub (Aria) from Judith, Act II  
Julianne BAIRD - Soprano
Colin TILNEY - harpsichord
Alison MACKAY - Viola da gamba 
DORIAN DOR 90105

GLUCK, Christoph Willibald:
La Caduta de' giganti - opera  
Care pupille from La Caduta de'giganti 
BBC Archive recording
    
GALUPPI, Baldassare:  
Per pieta, bell' idol mio (Aria) from Il Trionfo della continenza 
LONDON HANDEL ORCHESTRA 
Helen KUCHAREK
BBC Archive recording
      




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