In George Frederic Handel’s opera Rinaldo, he puts to music a dramatic love tragedy and joyful reunion, in the setting of the early eleventh century during the first crusade. Lascia ch’io pianga is the sad aria sung by Almerina (a soprano), who is mourning for her lover, Rinaldo. Being a typical baroque aria, it is dramatic and full of vivid emotion. Continue reading
Over the course of the centuries, throughout the Baroque, Classical and Romantic period, several composers have put to music the sacred words of the hymn Stabat Mater. The words to this religious piece were first written in the 13th century as a Catholic hymn to the Virgin Mary. Continue reading
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat is an exceptional work. Yet few can perform it to perfection.
One of these few is Emmanuelle Haim, a French conductor and harpsichordist. Continue reading
The first piece of music that made me love baroque opera was vedro con mio diletto. It is still one of my favorites.
It was composed by Vivaldi for the opera Il Giustino. This version is by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.