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Mortal Voices

Academy of Ancient Music

Photo of Keri Fuge in the countryside

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

6.30pm Pre-concert talk
Free to ticket-holders

Milton Court Concert Hall


phot of Keri Fuge singing

Watch: Handel Quel nocchiero che mira le sponde from Cantata HWV 82


Keri Fuge explains why she are looking forward to performing Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with us this month.

a man and a woman singing

Watch: Handel Si, Si!


Tim Mead explains why they are looking forward to performing Handel's cantata with us this month.