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Faculty of Music


Academy of Ancient Music

Friday, 16 February 2018
7.30pm, West Road Concert Hall
Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

Mortal Voices – Music by Pergolesi, Corelli and Handel

Corelli Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 1 in D major
Handel Cantata HWV 230: Ah! Che troppo ineguali
Handel Cantata HWV 82: Il Duello Amoroso
Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Christian Curnyn, director & harpsichord

Keri Fuge, soprano
Tim Mead, countertenor

In a concert that will pull at the heart strings, baroque specialist Christian Curnyn directs soprano Keri Fuge and countertenor Tim Mead in some of the most sublime music of the early 18th century.

Pergolesi’s beautiful Stabat Mater is his best-known work and one of the finest settings of this sorrowful song to Mary at the Crucifixion. A hidden gem in this concert is Handel’s cantata Ah! che troppo ineguali, an anguished appeal of mortal voices to Mary to extinguish every spark of warlike fury and bring peace - it is paired here with the altogether earthier cantata Il Duello Amoroso. Almost a mini-opera, it tells the story of an 'amorous duel' between the shepherd Daliso and the shepherdess Amaryllis, the music perfectly capturing the drama of the story.

TICKETS: £33, £27, £15; concessions: £33–£15; AAMplify members and students: £5. Available from Cambridge Live Tickets. T: 01223 357851; E:; W:

Friday, 16 February, 2018 - 19:30 to 21:45
Event location: 
7.30pm, West Road Concert Hall