Pietro Torri: Quando il flebile usignolo – Ann Hallenberg, Baroque Ensemble Musikdorf Ernen, Ada Pesch


Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano

Baroque Ensemble Musikdorf Ernen | Ada Pesch, leader and solo violinist

This aria is from the second act of the opera “L’Ippolito”, first performed in Munich at the court theater in 1731.

The singer was the great castrato Giovanni Carestini, who would join Handel’s company in London shortly after in 1733.

This is only the a-section; the b-section and da capo have been omitted, because it was performed as an encore after a concert at the Ernen Musikdorf Festival in Switzerland in 2014.

Quando il flebile usignolo Lasciar deve a forza il nido Si rivolge in altro lido E spiegando afflitto il volo Và sfogando il suo dolor. When the soft nightingale is forced to leave its nest, he flies to a different shore, and, flying sadly, vents out his own pain.

[English translation by Flavio Ferri-Benedetti] Art in the video:

[0:44] Christian Schloe, Austrian Photoshop artist

[1:02] Christian Schloe

[1:34] Catrin Welz-Stein, German surrealist digital painter

[2:05] Daniel Maclise (1806-1870), The Pet Bird

[2:32] Christian Schloe

[2:50] Robert Walker Macbeth (1848-1910), The Nightingale’s Song

[3:11] William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), The Song of the Nightingale

[3:51] Christian Schloe

[4:22] Christian Schloe

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