Program: #10-08, Air Date: 02/15/10Mark Vitale conducts Contrasto Armonico and soprano Stefanie True in two of Handel's passionate cantatas. Spotlight on the Netherlands: Italian Cantatas
GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL (1685-1759): Il delirio amoroso, HWV 99 (1707) [story line: Despite being rejected by Tirsis, Cloris, the lovelorn shepherdess, follows him on his death to the underworld, in order to escort him from Hades to Elysium.]
HANDEL: Tra le fiamme, HWV 170 [a meditation on the dangerous powers of attraction: a moth burning in the flame of a candle and Icarus plunging to earth when his wax-coated wings melt in the heat of the sun...only the phoenix can rise from its ashes, so mortals should "beware a heart so easily inflamed, and resist temptation."
GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL (1685-1759)