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Handel's Italian Cantatas

Catherine Bott presents a selection of the many vocal chamber cantatas Handel wrote during his time in Italy, including Delirio amoroso, for soprano, strings and continuo.

Handel first went to Italy in 1706 and during those first few years there he was given great support and encouragement to develop his innate talent as a composer of dramatic works. Handel wrote over eighty vocal cantatas during this time, and they are full of glorious music. In today's programme, Catherine Bott features music from 3 of these cantatas, including a complete performance of 'Delirio amoroso' HWV 99 -possibly the first cantata Handel wrote in Rome - in a recording with soprano Roberta Invernizzi and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Matthew Truscott.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Aria "Figlio d'Altre Speranza"

    Performers: Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Matthew Truscott (director)

    • BBC recording.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Final aria "Per pieta de'miei martiri" from Cantata, "Cuopre Talvolta il Cielo", HWV.98

    Performers: Furio Zanasi (bass), La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord & direction)

    • GLOSSA GCD 921527.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Cantata "Delirio amoroso", HWV.99

    Performers: Roberta Invernizzi, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Matthew Truscott (director)

    • BBC recording.

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