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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