Concerto Italiano: Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel & Francesco Mancini

August 30, 2023, 10:00 pm

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Three men are engaged in a game of primero, a forerunner of poker. The mark, far left, is unaware that the older cardsharp at center signals his accomplice, far right,with a raised, gloved hand (the fingertips exposed, better to feel marked cards). At right, the young cheat looks expectantly toward the mark, and reaches behind his back to pull a hidden card from his breeches.
Caravaggio (1571–1610) - The Cardsharps (detail)

Founded in 1984, Concerto Italiano has earned the reputation as one of the finest ensembles to specialize in Baroque music. On this week’s edition of Baroque&Before, we’re treated to a select chamber group from Concerto Italiano, joined by soprano Sonia Tedla and bass Gabriele Lombardi, in works by Handel, three works by Handel’s older contemporary Alessandro Scarlatti plus another, formerly attributed to Handel, by the Neapolitan Francesco Mancini.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert March 5, 2023 in London’s Wigmore Hall. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to bring you tonight’s program as a stream for thirty days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the link is accessible.


Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
“Clori mia, Dorino caro,” from  Clori, Dorino e Amore
Sonia Tedla, soprano; Gabriele Lombardi, bass

Cello Sonata in d minor
Largo – Allegro – Piano – Presto

Per un momento solo
Sonia Tedla, soprano

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Che vai pensando HWV 184
Sonia Tedla, soprano; Gabriele Lombardi, bass

Suite in E minor, HWV 438
Allmand – Saraband – Jigg

Francesco Mancini (1672-1737) att. Handel
Dal fatale momento, HWV 101b
Gabriele Lombardi, bass

George Frideric Handel
Tacete, ohimè, tacete HWV 196
Sonia Tedla, soprano; Gabriele Lombardi, bass

Concerto Italiano
Sonia Tedla, soprano
Gabriele Lombardi, bass
Marco Frezzato, cello
Rinaldo Alessandrini, harpsichord