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The Early Music Show

The Empress of Magnificent Taste and Pleasure

Saturday 9 October 2004 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.


1 hour


Ipermestra - Overture 
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 (Op.17.4) in C Major  
Il Fondamento Ensemble
Paul Dombrecht (oboe) 
Hyperion PAS 903
Bach, Johann Christian
Temistocle (T.238) - Overture     
Hanover Band
Anthony Halstead (director) 
CPO 999 752-2
Arne, Thomas
Act 2, No.37: Sleep, Gentle Cherub (Aria)  
Julianne Baird (soprano)
Colin Tilney (harpsichord)
Alison Mackay (viola da gamba) 
Dorian Dor 90105

Gluck, Christoph Willibald
La Caduta De' Giganti
Act 1, Sc.3: Care Pupille  
Galuppi, Baldassare
Il Trionfo Della Continenza
Act 2, Sc.7: Per Pieta, Bell' Idol Mio (Aria)  
London Handel Orchestra 
Helen Kucharek

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