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Torquato Tasso

Catherine Bott explores the life and musical settings of the work of Italian poet Torquato Tasso, who was one of the most widely read writers in 16th-century Europe.

Catherine Bott explores the life and musical settings of the work of the Italian poet Torquato Tasso, who was one of the most widely read writers in 16th Century Europe. His words were set by the great composers of the day and for many centuries after his death, but he was a troubled man who suffered from mental illness and died just days before he was due to be crowned as the king of poets by the Pope. Featuring Tasso settings from Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Handel among others.

58 minutes

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Sun 9 Dec 2012 13:00

Music Played

  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Se tu mi lassi, perfida, tuo danno!

    Performers: Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini (director)

    • OPUS.
    • OPS 30111.
  • Luca Marenzio

    Sul carro de la mente auriga siedi

    Performers: Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Allessandrini (director)

    • OPUS.
    • OPS 30117.
  • Luzzasco Luzzaschi

    Occhi del pianto mio

    Performers: Musica Secreta

    • AMON RA.
    • CDSAR58.
  • Sigismondo d’India

    Dispieta pietate (from 'Aminta')

    Performers: La Venexiana

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 920903.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Opening of 'Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda'

    Performers: Concertus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor), Trudeliese Schmidt (mezzo-soprano: Clorinda), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor: Tancredi), Werner Hollweg (Tenor: narrator)

    • TELDEC.
    • 4509 921812.
  • Piero Benedetti

    Giunto a la tomba

    Performers: Evelyn Tubb (soprano), Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley (director)

    • MUSICA OBSCURA.
    • 070990.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo – Overture

    Performers: Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

    • DECCA.
    • 467 0872.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Enfin il est en ma puissance (from 'Armide')

    Performers: Véronique Gens (soprano), Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset (director)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • 3467622.
  • Giaches de Wert

    Donna, se ben le chiome

    Performers: Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley (director)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • VC 7907632.
  • Giuseppe Tartini

    Sonata XV per violino e basso continuo

    Performers: Accademia Claudio Monteverdi

    • EUROPA MUSICA.
    • 350252.
  • Luzzasco Luzzaschi

    Itene mie querele

    Performers: La Venexiana

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 920905.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Se cosi dolce e il duolo (part 1)

    Performers: Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, Harry van der Kamp (conductor)

    • CPO.
    • 777 1382.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Se tu mi lassi, perfida, tuo danno!

  • Luca Marenzio

    Sul carro de la mente auriga siedi

  • Luzzasco Luzzaschi

    Occhi del pianto mio

    Ensemble: Musica Secreta.
  • Sigismondo d’India

    'Dispieta oietate' from Aminta

  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Opening of Il Combattimento di Tancredi d Clorinda

  • Piero Benedetti

    Giunto a la tomba

  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - Overture

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    'Enfin il est en ma puissance' from Armide

  • Giaches de Wert

    Donna, se ben le chiome

  • Giuseppe Tartini

    Sonata XV per violino e basso continuo

  • Luzzasco Luzzaschi

    Itene, mie querelle

  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Se cosi dolce e il duolo (part 1)

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