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Mortal Voices: Handel cantatas & more from Academy of Ancient Music

Palazzo Bonelli in Rome (now the Palazzo Valentini)where Il Duello Amoroso was premiered Handel wrote a profusion of cantatas during his stay in Italy during the period 1707 to 1710, they were an ideal medium for performance in the semi-private salons of Handel's Italian patrons and the young Handel used them to experiment and learn. Music from this fertile period re-occurs in later works.
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