Secular Baroque Cantatas

July 12, 2023, 10:00 pm

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a winged figure observes a supine dead man, his loins covered, and a clothed kneeling woman
Jan van den Hoecke ( c. July 1611 – 1651): Hero Laments the Dead Leander

In the Baroque era, the solo cantata was a wonderful vehicle for exploring the intimate emotions generated by dramatic situations: the tribulations of love, the contrast between passion and sweetness, and the torment and pain that come with the territory. This week on Baroque&Before, we’ll hear five solo cantatas by Handel and his contemporaries. Countertenor Tim Mead, cellist Jonathan Manson, and harpsichordist Laurence Cummings were recorded live in concert October 31, 2022, in London’s Wigmore Hall.

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Antonio Caldara (ca 1670-1736)


George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Siete rose rugiadose, HWV 162


Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
Leandro, anima mia


Giovanni Battista Bononcini (1670-1747)
Lasciami un sol momento


George Frideric Handel
Dolc’ è pur d’amor l’affano, HWV109


Tim Mead, countertenor
Laurence Cummings, harpsichord
Jonathan Manson, cello