Delirio Amoroso – Handel’s Italian Years
Seattle Baroque Orchestra
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Town Hall Seattle, 8:00 p.m.
Alexander Weimann, Guest Director, Harpsichord
Delirio Amoroso captures the glory and verve of Handel’s youth in Rome – the compositions he might have heard and the music he came up with in response. The Seattle Baroque Orchestra program features sonatas, concerti grossi, opera excerpts from Agrippina and Rodrigo, and a harpsichord solo performed by guest director Alexander Weimann. Works by Scarlatti, Albinoni, Stradella, Corelli, and the young Handel himself.
One of the most sought after musicians of his generation, Weimann has traveled the world as a member of the ensemble Tragicomedia, as musical director of Les Voix Baroques and Le Nouvel Opéra, and as a frequent guest of ensembles such as Les Boréades, Cantus Cölln, Freiburger Barockorchester, Tafelmusik, and the Gesualdo Consort. Weimann has led the Portland Baroque Orchestra and is currently Artistic Director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra.
by Alexander Weimann
Just over three centuries ago, Handel, in his early 20’s, was directing the springtime Florence performances of his opera Rodrigo. This opera was commissioned by the Tuscan prince Ferdinando de’ Medici, who met Handel in Hamburg in the winter of 1705-06 and invited him to his home country, Italy.
During his Italian tour from 1706 to1710, Handel, made his biggest impact in Rome, where he was courted by the most powerful musical patrons. Soon after arriving, he was appointed composer-in-residence for Francesco Maria Ruspoli, one of the wealthiest men in Rome. Handel wrote numerous cantatas for him, many involving the young soprano star Margherita Durastante. Ruspoli himself however, was in a patronage competition with all the other wealthy music lovers among the cardinals, in particular Ottoboni and Pamphili. In 1707, Pamphili commissioned Handel to write the music for one of his own cantata texts, Delirio amoroso. The opening sonata for this cantata begins tonight’s concert…