Mortal Voices

music by Pergolesi, Corelli and Handel

15 February 2018 / 19:30
Milton Court Concert Hall

In a concert that will pull at the heart strings, baroque specialist Christian Curnyn directs soprano Keri Fuge and countertenor Tim Mead, in some of the most sublime music of the early 18th century.

Pergolesi’s beautiful Stabat Mater is his best-known work and one of the finest settings of this sorrowful song to Mary at the Crucifixion. A hidden gem in this concert is Handel’s cantata Ah! che troppo ineguali, an anguished appeal of mortal voices to Mary to extinguish every spark of warlike fury and bring peace - it is paired here with the altogether earthier cantata Il Duello Amoroso. Almost a mini-opera, it tells the story of an 'amorous duel' between the shepherd Daliso and the shepherdess Amaryllis, the music perfectly capturing the drama of the story.

"The AAM players captured the style and grace of this music with lightness of touch and with individuality in phrasing and ornamentation, and the dramatic effects were riveting" Classical Source

Programme & Performers

Corelli Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 1 in D major
Handel Cantata HWV230, Ah! che troppo ineguali
Handel/Ferrandini Cantata HWV82 Il Duello Amoroso
Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Academy of Ancient Music
Christian Curnyn director & harpsichord
Keri Fuge soprano
Tim Mead countertenor

6.30pm Pre-concert talk
Free to ticket-holders

Promoted by the Academy of Ancient Music

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