Two Arias about Birds

The video below contains two arias. The first is Vivica Genaux performing “Quell’Usignolo” from Geminiano Giacomelli’s opera Merope. You may guess this from the music itself, but the text makes reference to a nightingale. The second is Christine Brandes performing “Sweet bird, that shun’st the noise of folly,” from Handel’s oratorio/pastoral ode L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato. I really enjoy the flute part in this – it reminds me of “Se in fiorito ameno prato” from Giulio Cesare where Cesare is anticipating his hot date with “Lydia,” aka Cleopatra, and there is an extended interplay between the mezzo part and a solo violin. The flutist accompanying Brandes so pleasantly is Clara Novakova.

That’s all. It’s Friday, so I am not required to come to any conclusions.

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