The aria “Sweet Bird” from Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato HWV 55. Amanda Forsythe, soprano, Emi Ferguson, baroque flute. Live, 4K ultra high definition video from our “As steals the morn” concert, March, 2019.
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NB: During filming, birds gathered outside the window and started singing! You can hear them in the video.
L’Allegro premiered in February of 1740. The original cast was soprano Elisabeth Duparc (‘La Francesina’) a boy treble, tenor John Beard, and basses Henry Reinhold and William Savage.
Baroque flute by Martin Wenner, after an original instrument by Carlos Palanca, Turin, 18th century.