The Game of Love
Solo and duet cantatas by Handel, Vivaldi and Scarlatti, composed for nobles
and bishops, exploring the pleasures, pains and conflicts of love.
In 17th and 18th century Italy many members of the nobility saw patronage of
the arts as a way to showcase their wealth, influence and good taste. Many
of the great composers of the day seized the opportunity, creating works for
some of the finest singers to be performed in beautiful palaces for the most
select audiences. Canberra's Adhoc Baroque has been uncovering this rarely
performed repertoire and presents a program including exquisite solos and
duets by Handel and Vivaldi, and a superb cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti on
the tragic lovers Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
Greta Claringbould - soprano
Maartje Sevenster - alto
Clara Teniswood - cello
Peter Young - harpsichord and direction