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Nicola Porpora (1686–1768) and Joseph Adolf Hasse (1699–1783) – two outstanding representatives of the late Baroque era, whose paths first crossed in the musical city of Naples. Hasse came there in 1924 to shape his talent under the watchful eye of Porpora, among others. Ultimately, both composers came to occupy an important place in the history of the development of the opera genre, at a certain point even joining creative forces in London when competing with Handel himself.
Although the catalogue of Porpora’s works includes only a dozen or so purely instrumental works, they all enjoyed considerable recognition during the composer’s lifetime. This is evidenced by the fact that his chamber Sinfonias first published in London in 1736 (including Sinfonia in C major Op. 2 No. 2) were soon re-edited – in 1753 in London and in 1760 in Paris.
Hasse’s 1761 L’Amor prigioniero is a charming cantata written to a text by the famous librettist Pietra Metastasia. We follow the story of Amor who, tricked into imprisonment by Diana’s henchmen, enters into a dialogue with her, pointing out his many merits. The goddess of the hunt, despite her caution and well-founded allegations, must finally agree with Cupid. For who can resist love?
Nicola Porpora – Sinfonia C-dur op. 2 nr 2
Johann Adolf Hasse – L’Amor prigioniero
LILIANNA STAWARZ HARPSICHORD, CONDUCTOR