Carolyn Sampson records Handel Italian Cantatas

Acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson, partnered by Robert King and The King’s Consort, with whom she has been strongly associated throughout her professional career, turns her talents to Handel’s two most dramatic cantatas, linked by the theme of abandoned women (relesed October). During his stay in Italy from 1706-10 the young Handel’s eyes and ears were opened wide. Hearing Italian music played by Italian musicians in Italian palazzos, churches and theatres must have been jawdropping. Nowhere are those influences more vividly demonstrated than in his early Italian cantatas.

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