Lascia ch’io pianga — A Dramatic Aria by Handel

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

Giovanni Pergolesi’s Resplendent Stabat Mater

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